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Old 11-19-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I am looking into getting our child an ipad air soon. It is required for high school as the school does over 60% of their text books electronically.

We're pc people - I know nothing about mac.

We're looking at the 64gb model so it will last the next 4 years of school. I see it comes with a cable and a powerbrick. Now I'm looking at additional accessories.


We'll need a case, of course. I've looked at the Zaggkey Folio which is case and keyboard combined. I've also looked at the Griffin slim keyboard folio, also a case/keyboard.

Do you think this is the right way to go, case and keyboard combination? Or would you suggest separate?

Are there other brands to look at that I just haven't found?

Should I look into other accessories?



Also, do you insure your ipad under your homeowners policy? I figure once we get all the things needed, it'll be a $1k purchase and I want that protected!!!

Am I missing anything??? I really am clueless about this.


Thanks!!!
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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The iPad Air runs iOS7, so it's not a Mac. Mac is very different. A combo case and Keyboard is a good idea. I think it can be covered by homeowner's insurance, but I don't know enough to be sure.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks.

See, told you I didn't know anything. I didn't know it wasn't the same operating system...
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Thanks.

See, told you I didn't know anything. I didn't know it wasn't the same operating system...
No problem. The iPad is very easy to learn and use.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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An iPAD IS REQUIRED NOW?!?! That's just wrong.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: New York City
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An iPAD IS REQUIRED NOW?!?! That's just wrong.
It’s pretty common in private schools. In my old school, iPads are required for all students starting the third grade. The technology is integrated throughout the entire school. Sick student can even live-stream of their classes on their iPad from home.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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An iPAD IS REQUIRED NOW?!?! That's just wrong.
That's not as bad as what the L.A. Unified School District is doing with taxpayer's money -- providing free iPads to all of its students and teachers without fully evaluating the "educational" software that's supposed to be used on them.
L.A. Unified schools to move forward with trimmed-down iPad plan - Los Angeles Times
iPad software licenses expire in three years, L.A. Unified says - latimes.com
LAUSD school board signals intent to move forward with iPad plan

During last year's "trial run", at least 71 of those LAUSD iPads went "missing." Most likely, some folks left the district and decided to take those "free" iPads with them.
71 iPads issued to students have gone missing, LAUSD says - Los Angeles Times
Consequences for lost, stolen LAUSD iPads not yet 'hammered out' - Los Angeles Times
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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An iPAD IS REQUIRED NOW?!?! That's just wrong.
It's only required in some places, not everywhere.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Florida
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An iPAD IS REQUIRED NOW?!?! That's just wrong.
Actually I'm welcoming it.

If you had seen my child, who still weighs less than 100lbs (runs cross country & track - very lean!) struggle with a backpack that weighs 50lbs (and will only increase with a high school workload!) you would be happy to know that a tablet that weighs ONE pound will cover 60% of the textbook material.

Plus it can be used for the next 4 years. I figure $200ish per year is the real cost. With the actual days spent in school at 175 days, that's just over $1 per day.

Yeah, I'm ok with it.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Actually I'm welcoming it.

If you had seen my child, who still weighs less than 100lbs (runs cross country & track - very lean!) struggle with a backpack that weighs 50lbs (and will only increase with a high school workload!) you would be happy to know that a tablet that weighs ONE pound will cover 60% of the textbook material.

Plus it can be used for the next 4 years. I figure $200ish per year is the real cost. With the actual days spent in school at 175 days, that's just over $1 per day.

Yeah, I'm ok with it.
Not as bad idea at all, but iPads are hot items with thief's. While I don't like to pay for iCloud service, Apple has a couple of free apps. One is called "find my iPhone or iPad" (something like that) in case it gets stolen.

My employer provided iPads to all our employees. Most of the work we do is building maintenance (HVAC, heating, plumbing, alar systems, electrical, and everything else). We do all our paperwork electronically on the iPad, and if needed take photos of the project and send them across in a matter of seconds. Also, we sometimes have teleconferences showing the repairs that are taking place, or just to ask for advise from technicians at other locations throughout the US.

A lot of students at the university are now using iPads, specially during class lectures.

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