Here are some easy, smart ways to take care of your iPad.
iPads are enormously helpful in and outside of the classroom; they are indeed worth their weight in gold. Life can be messy and iPads can get dinged or dirty just as easily as children. Scientifically, handheld devices can have more bacteria than public toilet seats. Yuck! Financially, they can cost hundreds of dollars to repair or replace.
1. Don’t leave the iPad lying around!
The simplest bit of advice, but you know you have broken the cardinal rule yourself more than once. It’s easy to put it down for just a second, so instead put it away in a secure location before you go settle an argument or answer a question. It’s a matter of gravity working against you, as well as light up Sketchers sneakers just waiting to accidentally step on your screen!
2. Cover up.
We all know the glass screens are fragile as, well, glass! Screen protectors are absolutely necessary. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one, just a film to prevent scratches or dings in the glass.
3. Be a battery life saver.
Battery life is a a precious commodity if you’ve left your charger at home. To use your iPad longer, try turning off some of the bells and whistles. Reducing brightness, turning off the equalizer and disconnecting Bluetooth or 3G networks can save battery life as well as take some of the strain off your battery. Note: Running it too long off the charger can reduce battery life and ultimately kill the battery.
4. Install software updates.
We all click the “Remind Me Later” button as an easy out, but these little updates can prevent iPads from having glitches or freezing up so we ignore them. Make a promise to yourself to allow the updates as often as they appear so your device is all caught up!
5. Keep it clean.
Cold and flu season can drain even the strongest immune system, so don’t take any chances! Remember simple rules when cleaning! Make sure your device is unplugged and preferably turned off. Don’t spray the liquid directly onto the ipad. Make sure not to get moisture into any openings. Use soft, lint-free cloths. You are trying for a gentle scrub, not a screen scratching scouring!
6. Set a passcode.
You may have a “Curious Charley” in your class who loves to play with his parents’ iPad but probably shouldn’t be seeing your vacation pictures. Easy fix. Go to Settings, then General, then Passcode Lock. This will also prevent any “Mischievous Marvin’s” from changing your background.
7. Backup data on ANY device you use.
This isn’t just for the iPad but any technology that holds important files. Things happen. Technology can go haywire or get broken, stolen, or lost. Make a habit of updating once a month if not more often. Why risk it?
8. Travel safely.
When traveling between your classroom and home, use a travel case. They are bulkier than regular cases but they are the safest option to prevent your iPad from getting damaged on the journey. The good news is that they can come in colorful patterns and designs, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a burden.
9. Use a case!
It doesn’t have to cover the whole thing like phone covers of old, but simple silicone skin cases can be amazingly simple and useful. If you want more protection than just a skin, get a whole case. They can improve your grip on the device and prevent most breaks from falls. They range from a few dollars to a hundred depending on the brand, but are all proven to help protect your most precious possession.
If your iPad is in a precarious location, move it. If it’s dirty, clean it. Ultimately, it comes down to you, the owner, and your decisions on care.
Use common sense! They say common sense isn’t so common anymore, but it’s not difficult stuff. Good luck!
Let’s hear from you! What’s a helpful iPad care tip you live by?
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