iPads have been recognised by both parents and schools alike as powerful tools for education.
With their intuitive interface, privacy protections, and integration with Mobile Device Management for schools, there are many reasons to recommend iPads to teachers and students alike as a primary BYOD device.
Apple reinforces this position with a stellar lineup of accessories like the Apple Pencil to bring increased functionality to the iPad for creatives and for note-takers. Its market share ensures there are also plenty of compatible third-party accessories available for iPad users to leverage.
We take a look at some of the iPad accessories teachers and classrooms can use to make the most of iPads in a learning environment.
iPads are pricey devices, and the school environment can sometimes be unforgiving. Therefore, the first order of business should be to slap on a case that will give the iPad adequate protection.
STM’s Dux Plus Duo is a popular option for schools.
Designed with educators' and IT professionals' input, the case features STM’s patented magnetic closure, a transparent back for asset tagging or user customisation, and integrated storage that can accommodate either the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon.
It’s made of polycarbonate material and has a durable, water-resistant polyurethane cover to ward off occasional drips or spills.
Typing on an iPad for the occasional message or annotation is fine, but for feedback or long reports, teachers might prefer a tactile keyboard.
The STM Rugged Keyboard Case gives you the best of both worlds while being the industry standard for maximum protection with minimal bulk.
The exceptionally thin (.95") is designed to work with most charging carts, while the keyboard attaches directly to the iPad 3-pin connector; can be securely locked in and removed with push of a button.
The rugged version also keeps the integrated storage to integrate either the Apple Pencil (1st gen) or Logitech Crayon, while a stable stand provides almost 180° range for various screen angles or to use as a handle during teacher demonstrations.
iPads usually have an excellent display, but there are times when teachers or students need to connect it to more screen real-estate to present to the class or share their screen.
The Lightning Digital AV Adapter can be used with iPads, iPhones, and the iPod Touch to mirror screens to teachers can share their apps, slideshows, and notes to any HDMI-equipped display, including TVs, projectors, or other compatible displays up to 1080p HD.
This makes them a great option for teachers or students trying to adapt their home device setups for remote learning.
If you’re looking to connect either a more powerful device or display, you’ll need the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with 4K support.
The adapter allows you to connect your USB-C enabled Mac or iPad Pro to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.
This adapter will also allow teachers and students to mirror their Mac display to their HDMI-enabled TV or display.
Without a doubt, the best wireless connectivity solution for mirroring iPad content onto a bigger display is the Apple TV.
The Apple TV works as an independent operating system for a TV, but it also makes casting wirelessly from either an iPad or an iPhone much easier, giving teachers the freedom of controlling a display from a handheld device anytime from anywhere in the room.
Teachers and students spend a lot of time on move, both between classes, to different areas in the school, and then from home to the school.
That’s why it’s important to have a charger that is versatile, yet has you covered, no matter what device you need to charge.
The Satechi 108W Pro USB-C Desktop charger is built with this in mind, featuring USB-C Power Delivery ports, 90W and 18W, to charge even your most power-hungry Type-C devices at full speed - without sharing power. Equipped with additional USB-A ports, the Charger consolidates multiple adapters into one sleek, modern device for powerful charging in the office or on-the-go.
The charger is also safe for students to use with its in-built safety features – durable, heat-resistant housing that complies with CE, ETL, USBIF, and FCC safety standards.