As someone with 8 iPads in a house with four people, I have seen my fair share of iPad covers and cases over the last four years. I'm actually quite fussy about them when it comes to my own device and tend to stick to very distinct styles.
In the classroom we also have to be pretty selective too. Considerations need to be made regarding size (especially if slipping them into charging carts), durability and of course price. Over the years we've tried a few options and some have been more successful than others. I've never really felt that I'd found an ideal solution though.
That may well have changed today...
Whilst at the Digital Education Show event today I got chatting to a guy called Oliver Page. Oliver is an American based in Italy and runs a company that make tablet covers called Nutkase.
Often at these type of events there's someone touting iPad covers and I generally end up in a "yes...but" type of situation wherein I've highlighted something that won't work for us with their style of case. Not so with these NutKases though - the list of features really is impressive:
Obviously dropped iPads are a potential disaster in schools as shattered screens cost almost as much as a new device! Oliver dropped one of their cases from standing height to demonstrate this. I then found this little video on their YouTube channel:
Built in hand grip on the back
Mark Anderson recently showed me a gadget he had strapped onto his iPad cover that worked like this. This one is built in and allows you to hold the iPad securely and steadily with no fear of dropping it.
A neat little pocket on the back to insert a student ID card/ name badge
I love that they've thought about the little details like this. A great way to help students/staff locate lost devices.
They engrave your school names across the front
Another nice touch to both identify the school (or department) and brand the device smartly.
Folds up like an Apple Smart Cover
I hate it when covers don't fold up into the triangular prism like the Apple Smart cover does. This makes it so much easier to use on a desk at a variety of angles depending on the task e.g. filming animations, writing, screencasting.
As I mentioned at the top, I've seen a LOT of iPad covers over the years (and owned a lot too) and can honestly say this is one of the very best I've seen. Take a look at www.nutkase.com to find out more.