Category Archives: Tablets for Education

The Gumdrop Drop Tech Case for iPad – 10 Pack

A school that offers iPads for student use has many challenges to overcome and at the top of the list is securing that expensive technology. As we’ve covered in our 1-1 iPad program guide, it’s important to make sure that your iPads have a sturdy, durable case. For students who will be using their iPads within and outside of the classroom, a rugged case can help ensure care of their iPads, as well as reduce instances of repairs and replacements, saving your technology department time and money. For a great case, the Gumdrop Drop Tech Case for iPad is a great option to consider.

Gumdrop is an American company that provides quality cases for smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Their Drop Tech line was made for rugged environments, and is commonly used in schools, worksites, hospitals, and more.

The cases in this 10-pack come with an integrated screen cover, protecting screens from cracks and scratches. This is an important part to the case, as cracked screens are some of the most common damages to iPads, and can be a costly repair. Paired with a snug, polycarbonate frame, the cover and frame also help prevent liquids from entering the case, keeping it safe from spills or accidental drops in water. This seal also helps make it easy for teachers to disinfect the iPads with a disinfectant spray or wipe.

The black silicone outer case that protects the entire iPad on all sides is made from a dual rubber material construction, which gives the case multiple layers for shock absorption. These added layers help protect the iPad by distributing the shock more evenly, which leads to the iPad itself untouched by the drop. In addition, the corners of the iPad have extra padding with reinforced rubber bumpers. Since the corners are the weakest spot for iPads and iPhones, they are the most vulnerable to cracks when dropped. The reinforced corners again redistributes the shock to keep the iPad from cracking. The silicone skin is also hand-rubbed with TUV oil for dust protection, yet retains its grip to stay on table tops. Overall, the rubber case also facilitates better grip, especially for children with smaller hands. Though the cases have a thick construction, their snug fit and relatively slim design will allow your iPads to fit most charging carts with the case on.

The case also has protective features for ports, buttons, and camera components. The port covers for charging and listening help keep dirt, water, and other types of debris from damaging these sensitive areas. In addition, the button covers help protect these parts from rough handling and touching, which can be important for younger kids. There is also a flash ring, to help protect the camera and flash.

Though the cases in this 10-pack do not come in different colors, you can easily add labels to the case of differentiation or to assign specific iPads to students. For color-coded cases, we recommend our Hamilton offerings.

Overall, these cases are a great investment for all K-12 classrooms, and can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The Gumpdrop Drop Tech line is built to last, so assigning them to your iPads can mean a significant drop in repairs or maintenance. In addition, they will help lengthen the return on your iPad investment. To learn more about rugged cases for your technology, contact us. We can help you find the best cases for your school district or business today.

3 Questions to Ask to Determine When You Need a Charging or Syncing Cart

When most people see a charging or syncing cart, many assume that they are synonymous with each other. In reality, not every charging cart syncs, or every syncing cart charges. Having a charging or charge/sync combo cart comes with its different advantages, but with the price difference, it’s important to know whether or not you’ll need syncing abilities. So how do you determine when you need a charging or syncing cart, or both? Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your team in order to make a decision between the two.

How important does conformity matter between your laptops or tablets?

When determining how helpful syncing capabilities will be for your institution, it is important to ask yourself whether or not your community needs conformity when it comes to programs or files.

For a classroom, syncing carts can make it easier for a teacher or administrator to load and update various programs or assignments to every tablet or laptop. Audio labs, hospitals, businesses, and more might need syncing carts to keep content, records, and other important materials up-to-date and widely available for all users, no matter which laptop or tablet they are using. Syncing carts will therefore be advantageous for environments that need the ease and fluidity that comes with charge/sync carts.

There are other places however where syncing is not as useful. In programs where libraries or tech labs lend out laptops or tablets for individual use, syncing carts might not be needed, especially when these items are loaned out for long periods of time, and users are given more administrative freedoms over their borrowed technology. For example, in cases where libraries loan students the use of an iPad for 3-hour loans, syncing will not be as important as charging, especially since the iPad will change hands frequently. In other instances, syncing can be more disruptive to workflow, especially if it means that users might not have access to their tablets when they are in sync mode.

What technology is already in place for syncing?

Syncing might not be a big deal for your cart if you already have technology in place that allows for syncing in other ways. Online programs or cloud syncing and sharing would make the sync ability on a cart gratuitous, and could pose as a confusing addition to other staff members. However, if you do not have a syncing system already in place, a cart that can sync might become advantageous for your institution, and could improve efficiency for the users. Again, you will have to take into account the main users, your budget, and your support team, to see if syncing carts are worth the investment.

What does your budget call for, and do you have room for expansion?

Of course, you must take your budget into account before you decide on what cart to buy. Depending on how many tablets or laptops you will want to charge at once, you will typically find that just charging carts are less expensive than carts that can charge and sync simultaneously.

In addition, you will want to consider future expansion. If you are expecting an increase in tablets in the upcoming year, you will have to consider getting a cart that will be compatible with those tablets as well. Charging carts might be a better option for the time being, and can be in service for longer.

While these three questions are not meant to be comprehensive, they should help you consider what you might need in terms of a charging cart. For more advice and help in picking a charging or syncing cart, contact us. Our catalog has many models that might be suitable for your needs.

4 Tips On How To Choose a Case for Student Tablets

To protect your educational tablets, using cases is the best way to maintain your tech’s longevity in any type of classroom. But with many cases on the market, what would suit your students’ needs? And how can your cases be integrated in your classroom’s learning goals? Here we offer this simple guide on how to choose a case for student tablets.

1. Be mindful of your students’ age group. The first consideration to take when picking cases is the age group that will be using these tablets. GCA_Slider_LibraryScribeTouchNot only is age a good indicator for picking cases based on protection, but it can also help you pick a case suitable for the tablet’s use. For example, Gripcases are lightweight and soft, with its surrounding handle design providing a comfortable grip for children holding the tablet. In addition, these cases are washable and germ and mildew resistant, which help teachers maintain a clean classroom. Older students who might be using tablets for long periods of time might enjoy a case that can adjust to a comfortable typing angle.

2. Pick cases suitable for static or changing environments. Each classroom is unique in its setting: from a busy class of 5-year-olds to the quiet study hall for senior high school students, your case should be able to anticipate various accidents or mishaps. A rugged case like the Gripcase Scribe with screen protection, keyboard and stylus can be suitable for students who will be checking out their tablets and bringing them home, while a slimmer tablet case will provide adequate protection if the tablet lives solely in the classroom. By paying attention to the setting of your tablets, you’ll also be able to pick suitable cases.

3. Consider buying different-color cases for differentiated learning. Like headphones, you can color-code your classroom tablets by case color, to help with your differentiated learning system. We offer Gripcase and Hamilton cases for iPads in various colors, which can allow your color-coded system to stay the same. Ordering cases in various colors is especially helpful when different assignments, applications, or materials are on different tablets–having color cases will help these tablets easy to identify without needing to turn them on and go through the data.

4. Check if certain packages and accessories can be bought in tandem or are compatible with your cases. When buying a case, you should also be mindful of whether or not the case can be used with other accessories. If you already have docks and stands, it’s important to note the dimensions of the cases that change the size your tablets. Some cases might not be suitable for your current docking system or charging cart, so it’s therefore important to make sure each technical component of your set up is compatible with each other. Many of our stands and docks, like the BlueLounge Mika stand or Califone Bluetooth Peripheral Pack can universally fit various tablet sizes, which will allow you to choose any case without worrying about the compatibility of the accessories.

One way to reduce your research time on cases and accessories is to buy them in a set. For example, we offer the PARASYNC Bundle for iPad Air: the charging and synchronizing dock accommodates the protective cases that come with the bundle, giving you a great organizing system with added protection. The cases itself are made with shock-absorbing silicone and textured grip for added comfort, and come with a built-in stand capable of two different positions.

By following these tips, your classroom tablets will be protected in any environment or situation. For more help picking protective gear for your tablets suitable for your students, contact us. We can help you order the types of tablet cases suitable for your needs.