The more we use the iPad the more we find uses for it. For some students their schedules or communication tools are on it and it goes where ever they go. Those students often have a paraprofessional or teacher accompanying them, however if we want students to be independent with their devices they need to be in control of it and have ready access to it for immediate use. So how do we keep it available/accessible and protected for students whose goals are to have ready access to the iPad for schedules and communication when transitioning about school?
Fortunately we have protected our idevices with Otterbox cases. The iPads with Otterbox cases have survived being bounced, tossed and dropped without electronic injury. Most of our students have the ability to carry their devices safely. A recent planning meeting for a student who will be transitioning to use of their iPad for use with their visual schedule lacks a secure grasp and motor planning skill to ensure safe transport while moving about the school. The Otterbox cases has protected our iPads thus far, but this situation seems to warrant a bag with a strap to help protect the iPad during use and transport. So what are the choices of totes or bags with shoulder straps for an iPad that allows immediate access and protection transported by the student?
The search began. Here are a few bags that I found that would appear to fit the bill:
Padded Ballistic Nylon Hybrid Travel Case / Bag with Strap for iPad and iPad 2
- 49.99 Heavy duty foam, plastic, and nylon around the edges protect your device in case you do drop it. Looks very sturdy and functional for students.
The TRAVELER II mobility iPad 2 & The New iPad 3 cases – Royal Blue
(59.99) that has possibilities depending on the case used with the iPad. Made with neopreme to hug the device. A stand is integrated into the back of the case. Comes in 8 different colors.
RJ Cooper also has an Ultimate iPad Case or shoulder bag made for iPads ($99) which appears to include a bumper case for protection.
Any suggestions for an iPad bag with a strap? What have you used for your ambulatory clients who need ready access to the iPad? Please share!