I was so excited about the opportunity to use iPads® in my classroom this year, but there were lots of things that I didn’t really think about. How should I store them? How should I set up apps on them? How should I handle the headphones?
Another thing I knew was going to be an issue from the start was how to protect them. I knew I wanted to spend my time and energy on helping the students learn with the iPads and not on worrying about someone dropping and breaking one. So I started looking into several different types of covers. There were soft covers, hard covers, covers with keyboards, and more. So many choices!
But while attending a technology conference last summer, I realized that many of the teachers who were issued iPads by their schools were using Survivor® covers to protect them. I checked them out at the store and decided those would be the way to go. As for durability, the Survivor covers have been great! We haven’t had any broken or shattered screens. The cases are very easy to clean.
I also love the fact that they come in different colors. This allows me to use different colors in each center or divide the groups by the color of the iPad they are using.
On the downside, the Survivor covers have many rubber parts that can be difficult for the students to negotiate. One fits over the headphone jack, another the back camera, and yet another the back speaker. The ones that cover the camera and the speaker came off quite easily. I cannot even get them to stay on at all now.
The one that covers the head phone jack has been torn off most of the covers by my students. I wouldn’t say the students have been destructive. They are only eight or nine years old and have difficulty opening the cover—which then leads them to ripping it off. The good thing is that this does not affect the performance of the iPad in any way.
Overall, I have been very pleased with the Survivor covers. The best part is that my energy can go into helping the students learn and not into stressing out about broken iPads.
Do you have a special cover on your iPad? How has it worked for you or your students?