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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.

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4 Ways Schools Can Improve Communication with Texting ​Understanding the benefits, similarities and differences of charging solutions for K-12 school technology.

Using texting in the school setting used to be unusual, but nowadays it is becoming more and more vital for schools to use the communication platform students and parents have already adopted. Here are 4 ways how to make it most effective:

Bridge the Communication Gap Between Educators and Parents

Frequently, parents complain about busy schedules and the lack of communication with teachers. Rather than giving your teachers more work in individualized communication via phone or email, simplify their jobs with automated two-way texting between parents and teachers. Your teachers can set up reminders for tests, homework, field trip instructions, links to online forms and more with automated SMS texts. As your teachers approach deadlines for programs or projects, you will find this tool is helpful for keeping everyone on the same page. K-12 devices are crucial for schools, and texting can be the device to instantly improve communication.

Teachers will appreciate having an easy K-12 device for sending out important messages and updates to parents, while parents will appreciate having instant reminders that efficiently get them the information they need. When a parent needs clarification or wants to discuss something more personal, like student behavior or end-of-semester grades, they can request a meeting or ask a question. The teacher can then send a response that directs them to email or sets up a time for a meeting. It is important to set up a professional channel of communication that encourages communication.

Text Alerts for Event Delays and Event Changes

Mass SMS alerts for schools can be very helpful when something interrupts or alters your annual events. If road conditions are hazardous or you need to change a few last-minute event details, you can alert families of changes, warn them of weather conditions or even cancel your event. Texting is an education device that makes it easier to ensure everyone is aware of a last-minute change, even when students aren’t in school.

Improving Teacher and Staff Communication

There are sometimes last-minute shifts in practice times, events and requirements for students. Mass texting can help keep everyone on board and make it easier for your staff to communicate their odd hours and event changes with parents. Automated texting allows staff to send out one alert to all of the necessary contacts. You can even set up your substitute line so that teachers can text in their personal days instead of calling, recording all necessary information in text form with a digital trail rather than voice message.

Send Out Important Reminders

Do parents have outstanding balances or paperwork that has yet to be filled out? With SMS, you can schedule reminders to ensure things are in line for the next semester. It is crucial to have a K-12 device that can send out reminders with links to the paperwork that needs to be completed for parents that have yet to drop off the necessary forms. Remind parents of fees or tuition balances that might be due with simple text updates to increase timely pay. Send out notifications about upcoming class schedules or new assignments that are due at the return of school. Don’t forget to include holiday hours if you are asking for items to be dropped off to your office or staff. You want to utilize texting to try and get things in line for the start of the upcoming semester.

With a K-12 device like texting, you can simply send out one message and choose the relevant contacts list to make sure the right people see the information they need to know. Texting will make your job easier while increasing your connection with parents during this school year.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hot K-12 Device Roundup Devices for K-12 1:1 Deployments

With new devices geared toward the K-12 learning environment coming out all the time, Brenthaven is constantly innovating to create new cases for the latest and greatest K-12 devices. We’ve put together a roundup of some of the hottest devices to hit the market in the 2015-2016 school year.

9.7-inch iPad Pro

Just released in March 2016, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the most capable and portable version of the iPad yet. The new display is the most vivid Retina display yet and allows the user to interact using Multi-Touch. The iPad Pro has an optional Smart Keyboard that is portable, thin, and doubles as a screen cover. The Apple Pencil is incredibly precise – responsive to tilt and pressure and easily paired with the device. Weighing just under a pound, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is extremely portable, making it ideal for use in the classroom environment.

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 offers the versatility of a laptop and tablet with a full suite of desktop software and weighing in at only 1.69 pounds. The device boasts a 6th Gen Intel Core processor and up to a 9 hour battery life. The Surface Pen is easy to write with high precision and can replace pen and paper in the classroom. The Surface Pro 4 was released in September 2015 and has quickly proliferated into classrooms due to its portability and capability to run full desktop software.

HP Chromebook G4

The HP Chromebook G4 combines processing power with affordability. With an 11.6” display and an Intel Celeron processor, the device is portable and effectively manages battery power. The device boasts enhanced visual connections with an optional IPS panel, and Chrome OS creates an easy to manage platform with automatic software updates and virus protection. At an affordable price point, it’s no wonder that the HP Chromebook is a popular choice for K-12 deployments nationwide.

Lenovo N21 Chromebook

Another very popular 11.6” Chromebook, the Lenovo N21 Chromebook is built with durability in mind for the classroom environment. It is drop resistant from up to 2.3 feet, has reinforced ports that prevent objects from getting stuck, and has a water resistant keyboard to prevent liquid damage to the device. With an Intel Celeron Dual Core processor and up to 9.5 hours of battery life, the Lenovo N21 Chromebook is designed to work all day in the classroom.

Acer Chromebook

The Acer Chromebook comes in two display sizes, 11.6” and 13.3”, and has enough power to last all day, or 13 hours, on a single charge. With a full HD display and wireless speeds that are up to three times faster than previous generations, the Acer Chromebook creates a seamless computing experience. It also has a touch screen that allows you to surf and edit with the touch of a finger.

Dell Chromebook 11

The Dell Chromebook 11 is designed for the digital classroom, with features like a sealed keyboard for spill protection, rubberized LCD and base trim designed to hold up in backpacks, and a MilSpec (Military Standard) rating for durability, pressure, temperature, humidity, shock, and vibration. It features a 180-degree hinge, allowing the screen to lay flat and an interactive LED light on the back of the display so the teacher can see if the students have questions or even conduct classroom polls. The Dell Chromebook boots up in less than 8 seconds and has a 10 hour battery life.

Brenthaven offers protective cases for each one of these hot K-12 devices and more. Check out our Education Site to find the perfect case fit for your device.

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