Protecting your electronics.
When I purchased my iPad, I knew I wanted to use it in therapy. I also knew I did not want to have to worry about it breaking, being dropped or just plain mishandled. Walking out of the Apple Store, I walked right over to the cart in the mall that installed Ghost Armor. For those of you who don’t know Ghost Armor is a plastic sheet that is applied to the screen of your phone or iPad. I’ve used Ghost Armor on my phone for years and never experienced a cracked or scratched screen. Ghost Armor has to be cured under a black light for a few moments but they will usually do it while you wait.
For the first few days I used my iPad without a case, then with a simple but cute notebook case borrowed from a friend. I also tried the traditional cover. I was just not comfortable handing over an expensive piece of equipment to a 5 year old. So I needed to find a better solution that would allow me to relax.
After a little bit of research, I went with with the big kahuna of iPad cases, the Otter Box. It cost a little more but was worth every penny since all my worries of iPad destruction went away. Given it has a plastic cover, my Ghost Armor was probably unnecessary. I now have no qualms about handing my iPad over even to my most youngest or lest coordinated students and letting them pass it to each other. The other good thing about the Otter Box is that I can use just about anything to clean it. Given that everyone is touching it, breathing on it, coughing on it, and in our field sometimes drooling on it, I know I can clean it with a sanitizing wipe or spray easily.
One questions therapists have raised is if there is distortion to the screen when using an Otter Box Case. I’ve never experienced distortion or inaccuracy when touching the iPad. The Otter Box also has a simple prop up stand that adjusts to two levels, one is perfect for typing.
If you really want to feel your electronics are protected when your students are handling them, an Otter Box is the way to go. I’ve since handled other cases. I just don’t think they would provide the same protection if a child was to drop the iPad/iPhone. Yes the Otter Box makes the iPad somewhat bulky but it still easily slips into my bag and I don’t have to worry about how I stow it.