I am loving our grade level iPad cart. The four of us have 24 ipads to share, so I can regularly count on using 6 with my students every day. We use them daily for math and several times a week for word work and/or reading.
Our grade level cart is stored next door, so my students are responsible for checking our 6 ipads out every morning and returning them at the end of the day. So far my students have been pretty good about handling the iPads with care, but we have had a few iPads dropped on the floor during transport. School-wide, we’ve had a shattered iPad and several more with scratches on the screen.
The damage has been due, in part, to our thin iPad cases. They’re basically a super thin rubber sleeve. Clearly, those don’t offer much padding. When I was offered a Gripcase for review, I was excited to see just how durable it would be. I was so excited when the box arrived that I opened it after school at my desk before bringing it home. It came in a pizza-style box.
Here’s a closer look at the case itself. I was happy to see the bright color when I opened it. I know it’s all about function, but being cute counts too!
The case itself is pretty sturdy, but flexible enough that I could easily get my iPad snapped into place. By now, it was evening so the lighting wasn’t the best.
What I like about the case is how easy it is for students/kids to hold. They can slip their hands around any of the four sides to get a good grip on the case. It also has a nice sized “lip” around the iPad so the iPad itself doesn’t fall flat on the floor if it gets dropped. The back has cross-bar protection as well.
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