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NEW 2019 CATALOG AVAILABLE The Brenthaven 2019 K-12 product assortment is now available!

The Brenthaven 2019 K-12 product assortment is now available!

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From iPads to MacBooks and Chromebooks, Brenthaven has your devices covered in 2019. We offer best-in-class iPad and laptop cases that exceed military specifications (MILSPEC). Our cases are customized to fit the needs of your classrooms. We offer carrying solutions for students who will be taking their devices home or between classrooms, charging cart compatible solutions for those that will be staying in the classroom, and everything in between.

Brenthaven is proud to announce the addition of new categories to our 2019 accessories lineup – keyboards, headphones and headsets.

Brenthaven keyboards are loaded with K-12 friendly features including a tuck-away rugged MFI lightning cable, reinforced Crumple Zone corners, and drop protection of up to 4 feet. They are water resistant, temper-proof, and ergonomically designed for smaller hands to use.

Brenthaven rugged headphones and headsets are designed for student testing and assessments and are built tough enough to withstand the rigors of the K-12 environment. With a 3.5mm headphone jack, 5-foot long braided, chew-proof cord, and twistable, non-break headband, Brenthaven headphones and headsets are versatile and built to last.

When you partner with Brenthaven, you have access to over 35 years of expertise and service. Our craftsmanship and integrity have made us the leading designer and manufacturer of premium cases for the K-12 market since 2002. Technology is something that is constantly changing, growing, and adapting and we pride ourselves in being able to keep up with it and protect it. As one of your greatest investments, your classroom technology needs to be protected from everyday wear and tear as well as drops and falls. That’s where we come in. We make sure that your devices are protected so that you can focus on educating our next generation of students.

Are you ready to test drive a Brenthaven case for your next device deployment? Fill out our sample request form and one of our reps will reach out to you to understand your plans and get you the perfect product for your next deployment.

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Edge Rugged Keyboard ​Understanding the benefits, similarities and differences of charging solutions for K-12 school technology.

Brenthaven has been the leading provider K-12 cases for over 35 years supporting the K-12 EDU market since 2002. Creating rugged cases designed for every device, grade, and usage scenario, Brenthaven has a proven track record of designing and manufacturing premium cases for K-12. Now Brenthaven is taking on a new challenge of providing the best keyboard on the market for education.

Introducing the Edge™ Rugged Keyboard designed to work with all iPad models. It’s loaded with K-12 friendly features including a tuck-away rugged MFI lightning cable with ruggedized lightning tip. Clear silicone covers and waterproofs the keyboard buttons and pad to help prevent prying and increase durability. TPE surrounds 360 degrees of the keyboard and reinforced Crumple Zone corner protection allow the Edge Rugged Keyboard to withstand drops of up to 6 feet. It has molded cable routing around the perimeter of the keyboard for cable management. The cable snaps into them easily and has rugged junction point where the cable comes out of the keyboard, so the keyboard is protected against damage from every angle.

It weighs just under a pound and is compact (10.35” W x 0.65” H x 6.6” D) making it easy to carry around for students and teachers walking from classroom to classroom. The Edge™ Rugged Keyboard is completely waterproof and built with a ruggedized lightning tip that is made to last in every classroom usage scenario.

Brenthaven stands behind all our keyboards with a one-year guarantee against damage, the best keyboard warranty in the industry.

The Edge Rugged Keyboard will be available to purchase starting in January 2019. Samples can be reserved now!

Browse Cases Now: https://brenthaven.com/education/k-12-ipad-6th-gen/

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iPad 6th Gen Cases ​Understanding the benefits, similarities and differences of charging solutions for K-12 school technology.

On March 2018, Apple launched the new version of their 9.7-inch iPad (6th generation) which is targeted to the K-12 market. At first glance, you won’t notice much of a difference between the iPad 6th generation and the 5th generation version that was launched last year. Examining the iPad specs, you can see the additional features the iPad 6th Gen has to offer.

The iPad 5th Gen and 6th Gen models both have the same accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, ambient light sensor, digital compass and barometer as well as the same support for dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2. The iPad 6th Gen offers the same battery life as the 5th Gen which is 9 to 10 hours –  9 hours for cellular-capable models on mobile networks and 10 hours of battery life on Wi-Fi.

The iPad 6th Gen is the first iPad non-Pro that supports the Apple Pencil. The 6th Gen also upgraded in terms of processor. It’s powered with Apple A10 Fusion which boost the 6th Gen performance. It also supports more LTE options. It has Retina display with a 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi, 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, and a Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Now that the 6th gen supports the Apple Pencil, more educators prefer it to the iPad Pro since it’s more budget friendly.

Since the iPad 6th Gen has the same appearance as the 5th Gen, the common mistake made by educators is to use the same case they use for the 5th Gen. They overlook the fact that the 6th needs a different screen protector since it’s Apple Pencil supported and needs more sensitive and protective screen protection. Brenthaven offers cases specially designed for the 6th Gen screen to allow for higher screen calibration when using the Apple Pencil. Beyond the screen functionality, Brenthaven cases offer complete, 360-degree protection for the iPad 9.7” 6th Gen. Brenthaven cases are designed with Crumple Zone™ Corners that absorb and deflect impact, exceeding military standard MIL-STD-810G.

Brenthaven offers 3 different case styles, from a folio to a portable carry case, which caters to the needs of all students. Best of all, Brenthaven stands behind their cases with a 100% Lifetime Guarantee.

Browse Cases Now: https://brenthaven.com/education/k-12-ipad-6th-gen/

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Introducing BX2 Edge for Surface Book 360-degree protection for Surface Book

Brenthaven recently announced the launch of a new custom-fit case for the Microsoft Surface Book, the BX2 Edge for Surface Book. This molded case compliments the thin profile of the Surface Book, making it the ultimate case for the ultimate laptop.

The BX2 Edge for Surface Book represents Brenthaven’s commitment to achieving a higher level of protection through molded cases. The BX2 Edge is constructed using a co-molded design that uses both rigid and tactile materials, impact-dispersing Crumple Zone corner construction, and BX2 Xtreme Foam to achieve maximum drop protection.

The BX2 Edge for Surface Book is engineered to be an extension of the device, allowing for full access to the innovative features of the Surface Book while providing best-in-class protection. Co-molded from TPU/PC materials, the BX2 Edge features Brenthaven’s Crumple Zone Corners, which absorb and dissipate the force of impact. The two-piece case is protective in both laptop and tablet modes, and includes a drop-down hinge to protect the bottom edge of the clipboard when separated from the device.

The BX2 Edge for Surface Book will be available at Brenthaven.com and at the Brenthaven Flagship Store in late spring.

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Microsoft Announces NEW Surface Pro ​See what makes this device “the most versatile laptop” in the market.

Microsoft recently introduced the New Surface Pro – an innovative fusion of a laptop and tablet flaunted as “the most versatile laptop” in the market. Featuring three versatile modes – Laptop, Studio, and Tablet – the new Surface Pro lets users create, work, and play virtually anywhere.

Engineered for those need ultimate power and performance, the New Surface Pro focuses on a longer battery life, faster speed, and razor-sharp resolution. It’s thin and lightweight design is easy to carry around and slip into smaller bags, such as the Collins Backpack or Medina Backpack. The 12.3” PixelSense™ Display provides a vibrant display and brilliant color, perfect for the creative Surface Pro users.

Integrated with the latest Intel® Core™ processor, the New Surface Pro delivers even more speed and performance than its predecessors – up to 50% more battery life than Surface Pro 4 and 2.5x more performance than Surface Pro 3. With more better life than any MacBook Air on the market, this laptop is ideal for students who are in class all day or commuters taking their device to and from work.

If you are thinking about ordering the Microsoft New Surface Pro or have already purchased one, prolong the lifetime of your devices with the BX2 Edge for New Surface Pro.

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Lenovo N22 Review Review of the Lenovo N22 Chromebook for K-12

Made specifically for the education setting, the Lenovo N22 is an affordable and reliable solution for 1:1 device deployment. Coming in around $200, this Chromebook has impressive specs, including a 3.8 GB of R.A.M and an Intel Celeron processor with 2 cores running at 1.60GHz. Taking the life of a student into account, it’s clear Lenovo designed this Chromebook for everyday use in the classroom.

The Lenovo N22 features a non-slip textured surface which helps combat scratches while providing a better grip on the device. This also prevents the Chomebook from accidentally sliding off the desk and causing corner damage. The water-resistant “anti-peel keyboard” prevents students from taking off the keys, making it harder to damage this device.

With an average 9.09 sec boot time, battery life of up to 10 hours, and only 2.8 lbs in weight, the compact Lenovo N22 is a valuable solution for any school. Slip the Lenovo N22 into the Tred Backpack or 13-inch Tred Sleeve Plus for added protection in the K-12 environment. Check out more case solutions for the K-12 environment.

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The Importance of Battery Life for K-12 Tech Deployments ​Understanding the benefits, similarities and differences of charging solutions for K-12 school technology.

The Importance of Battery Life for K-12 Tech Deployments

Battery life for any device is a vital part of a student’s success in the classroom. Nowadays with technology playing such a prominent role in the K-12 education systems, having a dead battery can become a disruption and hassle during class. Without quality battery life, the benefits reaped by this essential learning tool will not be able to serve its valuable purpose for students.

Tablets, Chromebooks, and iPads can hold hundreds of digital files and textbooks, increase interaction and creativity, create a collaborative environment, support game and project-based learning and save a lot of money in the long run. Technology in education is everywhere and this “digital conversation” in schools will only grow year after year. This year alone, state standardized tests for the elementary and middle grades are being administered via technology than by paper and pencil for the first time. That is why it is essential to select the right charging solutions whether that is power bricks or charging carts.

Benefits of charging carts:

·Compatible with different devices (iPad models, chromebook, tablets, etc.)

·Syncing option

·Transportable

·Simultaneous charging

·Ability to lock and protect devices

·Safe and smart charger alternative

·Turns off automatically

·Eliminates time consuming wiring

The drawbacks of this charging solution is the higher cost and the larger size compared to bricks. The convenience factor should also be taken into consideration; students who are responsible and can keep track of their individual brick may prefer that method of battery charging opposed to leaving their electronics in the carts overnight or for long periods of time.

Benefits of power bricks:

·Safety

·Heat reduction

·Reduced size and weight

·Easy replacement

·Versatility & Portability

·Students & teachers can take home

Some drawbacks associated with the brick include common misplacement when making students responsible for bringing it to and from school. Compression of the brick against the laptop or iPad may create the risk of damaging the screen while stored in a students backpack.

Currently, schools are using both specially designed charging carts and power bricks to provide students with the ability to power up their devices at their easiest convenience. With these resources, they can be ready to participate in whatever activity is required of the device at a moments notice. Powering means productivity.

See more K-12 Technology Deployment White Papers and Case Studies

Read more about IT Advantages of Chromebook Deployments

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IT Advantages of Chromebook Deployments Read the roundup of IT Advantages of Using Chromebooks in the classroom.

IT Advantages of Chromebook Deployments

Chromebooks have taken off as a primary form of classroom technology. It is estimated that Google Chromebooks make up half of US classroom devices sold. This is even more impressive when you consider that Chromebooks made up less than 1% of devices sold to K-12 classrooms in 2012. The speedy growth that Chromebook has been able to accomplish is nothing short of incredible, and is due, in part, to their IT infrastructure that is optimized for the K-12 environment. We’ve listed just some of the advantages of IT for Chromebook:

Chrome OS

Chrome OS is sometimes criticized for not being as robust as Mac or Windows OS. However, Chromebook has cornered the EDU market by making its OS ideal for use by students. It’s fast and easy to use without the extra or unneeded “weight” of more involved operating systems. Chrome OS is designed to run the Chrome browser more efficiently than anything else. It is also optimized to run Google’s suite of applications for the classroom. From a school’s perspective, the simplicity and optimization of Chrome OS for the classroom is a huge advantage of Chromebooks.

Apps

Chromebooks are optimized to run Google’s applications such as Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive. Though a criticism of Chromebooks is that they don’t run more advanced software, such as Adobe Suite, Chromebook has many alternative cloud-based applications that can run similar functions for free. Not only that, but the cloud-based apps are ideal for sharing and collaborating on work, a vital function for K-12 classrooms. Google Drive allows students to open, edit, and share documents and spreadsheets with ease. If you can name a common software, Google likely has an app that performs a similar function and can be accessed and edited by numerous user in the cloud.

Offline Use

Though Chromebooks rely heavily on an Internet connection, there are more than 200 offline Chrome apps that work without Internet connectivity, so students still have the set-up to access Google Drive, Gmail, and more even when a Wi-Fi connection is not available.

Storage

All Chromebooks come with at least 16GB of onboard storage. Since the Chromebook is set up to run via cloud-computing and the use of online applications, this is more than likely more storage than will ever be needed on the device. Google provides 100GB of free Google Drive storage, and additional storage plans can also be purchased. This alleviates the burden on schools’ IT professionals of managing storage and memory on individual devices.

See more K-12 Technology Deployment White Papers and Case Studies

Read more about the rising popularity of Chromebooks in Education.

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Rising popularity of Chromebooks in K-12 1:1 Deployments Learn more about why Chromebooks are rising in popularity for 1:1 technology deployments.

Chromebooks have revolutionized the way technology is used in classroom environments. During the 2015-2016 school year, it is estimated that one-sixth of students and teachers will receive a new computer, and one half of those deployed computers will be a Chromebook. Furthermore, the Education sector accounted for 85% of Chromebook sales in 2013. There are several reasons that Chromebooks have been taking off as a primary K-12 classroom technology, including:

Low Price Point

Competition among the various Chromebook manufacturers has driven down the price of devices. In 2015, the percent of Chromebooks sold for under $300 crossed the 50% mark. Devices costing less than $200 are beginning to edge their way in as well, with Asus and Acer models coming in at sub $200 price points.

Cloud Based Software

Making a Chromebook competitive is more than just a matter of hardware and price point. In order to be competitive, Chromebook manufacturers are constantly innovating and improving their device’s cloud-based architecture to provide genuine advantages to users.

Need for Online Assessment

K-12 Chromebooks are a secure platform for administering student assessments. Chromebooks meet K-12 education standards for these assessments and have the capability for educators to disable students’ access to the web during certain times and control other features such as screenshots and printing.

Though Chromebooks are an ideal technology for the K-12 environment, we at Brenthaven have learned that Chromebooks are fragile and highly prone to damage. Brenthaven has been designing and building protective cases for K-12 settings since long before Chromebooks existed, and we know what it takes to provide best-in-class device protection.

See more K-12 Technology Deployment White Papers and Case Studies

Read more about Hot Devices for Education in our Hot K-12 Device Roundup