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How to protect iPads and tablets in school

February 16, 2021

As education takes an increasingly digital turn, more and more iPads and tablets are making their way into the classroom.

Along the way they are arming children with technological skills and interactive learning experiences that range from apps and games to immersive artificial intelligence and real-life simulations.

But devices don’t come cheap, and for the schools embracing them there’s a significant investment in hardware that’s worth protecting against theft, loss and damage.

Here’s a quick guide to protecting iPads and tablets in schools, and some of the best tools available to assist.

What to consider

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iPads and tablets in school find themselves at risk of three major threats: loss, damage and even theft.

They are also used in education in different ways - from mobile tablets that children use to create video assignments in the school yard to static kiosks in the library or at school check-in.

That use case needs to be considered when devising the right protection strategy for each device.

 

Questions to ask include:

  • How will this device be used?
    Will it be mobile, static or perhaps even a blend of both where the device can be taken from its stand and used elsewhere?
  • Where will it be positioned?
    A device used to check resources at the school library for example might be positioned on a wall, countertop or even be freestanding. But an iPad or tablet used regularly in the classroom might be affixed to a tabletop or bench that students can access.
  • Is it in a high-traffic area?
    If the device is unsupervised and used for student check-in, for example, it might require extra security from theft.
  • How will it be charged?
    Static devices used at school check-in, in the library or as a bank of devices that students can access will need access to power for charging, and these charging cords should be concealed or channeled in the interests of safety.

 

The good news is iPads and tablets can be protected in a whole host of different ways no matter their use or location.

Anchored stands and enclosures

Featured image: Elite Evo Freestanding Tablet Stand

Tablet stands are available in a range of heights with a variety of features. Some can be screwed to a table or countertop, while others are freestanding and can be bolted to the floor.

They may also boast additional features like the ability to rotate the device between portrait and landscape mode, the ability to flip the tablet so the person oppositive can view it, or the ability to swivel the device on the stand 180 degrees.

These stands may also incorporate charging cables into them, so cords are channeled through the stand to a power outlet.

Stands are then accompanied by tablet enclosures that affix to the stand and protect the device.

And again, enclosures come with different options and materials, including lockable faceplates that protect the tablet from theft and durable faceplates that protect the device from damage.

 

Use cases for anchored stands or enclosures

  • A bank of tablets in a designated area in the classroom
  • Student sign-in
  • Visitor check-in
  • Digital library catalogue

Wall mounted enclosures

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Featured image: The Hub Fixed Wall Mount

As the name suggests, wall mounted devise affix to a wall and are a great option in areas where space may be limited or where the device is required for specific purposes like student check-in, room bookings, or to access a library catalogue.

Wall mounted enclosures may also feature a stand that allows the device to be tilted to the right angle.

Wall-mounted enclosures and stands are simply screwed to the wall, and the device’s charging cords chords are channeled either through the wall or via a covered conduit.

 

Use cases for wall mounted enclosures

  • Student sign-in
  • Visitor check-in
  • Digital library catalogue

Mobile protection

Mobile device protection involves a tablet enclosure that protects the device wherever it may be. In some cases, you may want this enclosure to also affix to a stand when it is not in used or is being used a static device.

Top enclosure and stand choices

The Elite Nexus

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The Elite Nexus tablet stand complements a highly secure and durable enclosure with a sleek, short and stylish stand. This design offers a strong yet minimal frame which features internal cable management and a lockable faceplate.

The Nexus tablet stand can be installed in either portrait or landscape and includes a 180 degree swivel function, you can lock the swivel function if it is not needed.

The Elite Evo

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The Elite Evo tablet stand offers high-end security in addition to a seamless look and ultimate mobility. This design offers a strong yet minimal frame which features internal cable management and a lockable faceplate complete with barrel key. The Evo Freestanding tablet holder is elevated for enhanced interactivity and ergonomics, but can be easily moved when required.

The Evo Freestanding stand rotates between portrait and landscape mode, the Evo stand also features a 40-degree tilt for an adjustable ergonomic design.

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