AUTISM TEACHER'S DREAM COME TRUE

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  1. teachersk

    teachersk Connoisseur

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    I was selected for a Pilot Program with iPads.

    I am getting TEN iPads for my classroom, with $500 iTunes cards for EACH one ($5,000 in apps total)!

    I am trying to pick out a case that will allow my kids to use them as communication devices. Does anyone have any ideas?

    I want one that ideally is A) less than $50 per case, and B) has a strap so they can carry it with them (but the ipad screen is still accessible)

    I AM SO EXCITED I CANT EVEN SIT STILL.
     
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    Wow! I'd have to look at the cases, but how exciting!!
     
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    I suggest going into a store and asking. They could then show you a bunch of options.

    How exciting! Good luck.
     
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    What apps are you planning on getting?

    Congratulations!!!!!!!
     
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    WOW!!! Congratulations:celebrate:
     
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    I have a HUGE LIST of apps that I've been compiling ever since the iPad came out, in hopes of winning a grant of some type to get ONE in my classroom. Look at me now!!!!

    I keep pinching myself to see if I am awake!!

    None of the cases they sell in the Apple Store have a strap... or are particularly geared towards kids. So, going to a store isn't really an option.

    Does anyone have a case without a strap that they find particularly indestructible and protective?
     
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    One of the students with autism in my school is supposed to get an Ipad. He can be quite destructive when he gets upset, so they are looking into using heavy duty velcro to velcro it to a desk. He has destroyed many computers, but earned a laptop last month and it has survived being velcroed to a desk (the laptop is closed when not in use). He won't be able to use it if he is away from the desk.
     
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    I found this one:

    http://kidsipadcase.com

    and it looks promising.

    Great price ($30) with a "hook" type thing in the top corners to allow for a strap to be attached.

    Looks fairly indestructible to me.

    I have kids with aggressive behaviors, but the iPad is fairly durable given it has the right case. Also, we are able to recognize the pre-cursor behaviors and would definitely remove the iPads from reach at that point. Nothing that Mrs. Teachersk can't handle :)
     
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    Also found this one:
    http://www.tridentcase.com/product_3_4.html

    Looks durable but no way to attach straps. I actually like the look of this one way better than the previous one, but the previous one has the corner hooks for a strap.

    Both are very affordable for such a good case.
     
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    Take a look at the Otterbox Defender cases. My boyfriend has one and I dropped his iPad and it just bounced.

    Here is some information: http://www.otterbox.com/iPad-Defend...AD1,default,pd.html?dwvar_APL2-IPAD1_color=C5

    They claim it's drop proof.


    It's $49 on Amazon. Remember you want the Defender series.

    I found some really good autism apps for the ipod, I am sure you can find a lot for the iPad. Doodle Kids is a great free app that can calm all my kids down! There was also a bunch of social skills videos but I can't remember where I got it.
     
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    I'll post a full list of everything I'm getting once I actually have them. I still can't believe it's happening. I have two non-verbal kids and two kids with limited functional communication (echolalia, no spontaneous speech, etc.) and they are going to use these to SPRINGBOARD their language and communication skills. I'll use them with the other kids for similar reasons but educational apps, also. The opportunities are endless- I can use the scheduling apps, the social story apps, they can earn music and videos as rewards (with $500 itunes cards for each machine I have the sky as my limit!!)

    I've heard good things about that Otterbox Defender case. I'll check into it! My tech guy at the district has to approve.
     
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    I can't offer any advice, but wanted to say congratulations!
     
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    How cool! Congratulations!
     
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    I. Am. SO. Excited.
     
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    This is wonderful...son has one on his ipod and they will replace it if broken...ordering one for husbands ipad.
     
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    Yay! I was just thinking today as I was looking on DC that I would love to get a few Ipads for my room. Have fun! I'm sure it will be a great tool for your kids.
     
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    May I ask where you found out about the grant?

    Where is a good place to find grants for teachers?

    I have been using my ipad in my classroom would love to get agrant for the students.
     
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    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's sooooooo exciting! I have been using a ipod Touch with a couple of my kids this year and am writing a grant right now for ONE ipad. Ten is AMAZING!

    I know you'll do great things with them. Keep us posted on how it goes!
     
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    Just for anyone who was wondering, our technology department got some money (not sure how? grant maybe?) and the director of technology wants to use the money to get more assistive technology for the special ed classrooms. In order to "justify" getting ipads for all of our classrooms (AUT, Mult. Disabilities, etc.) - he wanted one "Pilot Program" to show their effectiveness. I was picked! He knows that I totally dig all of the technology and would do great things with them.

    So, it wasn't really a grant or anything, it's just a pilot program for our district. I DID apply to something called the LIGHTPATH grant (I think it's only for NJ school districts) and it was to get ten iPads. We didn't win, but my school tech people saw how hard I worked on it.

    Not sure where this magical money appeared from, but I am not questioning it!!!!
     

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