iPads deployed in schools suffering high damage rates
Online retailers The Snugg comment on the news a school in Wyoming, USA, has been forced to take protective action for brand new iPads.
A school in Wyoming is counting the costs of having to repair or replace 5% of the iPads purchased for school students and staff since they were introduced last year.
The school based in Powell, Park County, saw eighty-one iPads worth $40,192 damaged. Of those, seven were owned by teachers and administrators and seventy four were assigned to students. The cost of distributing the iPads to students and staff was $722,000.
Park County School District No. 1 paid around $1,890 to replace the seven staff iPads whilst parents helped cover the cost of the damaged student iPads. The tablets cost $256 each to replace under the district’s insurance plan.
The figures demonstrate the way in which children’s rough handling of gadgets can cause problems for schools deciding to roll out iPads for use in the classroom. Many find it a struggle to afford the costs of buying and then replacing large numbers of tablets.
Recent reports have shown that up to 15% of iPads are damaged within the first two weeks if not used in a protective case. The majority of damage is caused by accidental dropping such as scratched sides, bent corners and cracked screens.
Some schools have decided to deal with the problem by purchasing protection plans from Apple and investing in protective cases for their iPads. Online retailer The Snugg, believe that more schools should follow suit.
Speaking on behalf of the company, Marketing Manager Les Yates stated, ”Using protective cases is the way forward for schools. iPads can be great educational tools and allow teachers to do more with their students in the classroom.
“We all know that kids tend to break things easily so making sure iPads have protective cases should be a priority for schools investing in this technology. It will save both the school and parents a lot of money in the long term”
The Snugg create a wide range of quality covers and accessories for a variety of tablets including the latest iPad. Buy one of their their iPad 3 cases from Amazon.
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