[Library Media] GEN, SEC/MIDDLE: iPad keyboards

M G Durrant mgd at ucet.org
Wed Mar 13 17:29:42 MDT 2013


If you purchase less than a full set (one keyboard per iPad) you will either be pairing/re-pairing keyboards constantly, or you will need to keep careful track of keyboard/iPad pairs.

That's why I suggested the two Logitech keyboards. They work well, the touch behavior is excellent, they are slim and and connect either by friction or magnetic clasp to the iPad so you can keep your pairs together.

If a teacher does not want the bother of pairing, the Apple docking keyboard is about the only decent option.

I left out the info about unpairing because it is a cumbersome process. You simply cannot just keep a collection of keyboards near your cart full of iPads and then have kids grab an iPad and any old keyboard. Won't work.

One other option is to use a USB keyboard and an Apple Camera Connection Kit. The kit has two pieces, one for an SD card and one with a USB connection. This removes the need for pairing, but you will need to exercise care as some keyboards draw more current than the iPad can supply.

When I purchased iPads for all of our teachers last summer, I gave each teacher a bluetooth keyboard at the same time. As best I can tell, NONE of the keyboards are being used.

Guy

On Mar 13, 2013, at 4:56 PM, Mitchell Jorgensen wrote:

The Keyboards can be unpaired but it is not a process I would suggest on a regular basis. With this I mind a few of them might be useful to have. As far as transport, I purchased a 'netbook' sleeve (super thin case with now handles) that hold the keyboard beautifully and I can also slips ipad into it to carry or pack into a larger bag. Just some thoughts. 

Mitchell Jorgensen
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On Mar 13, 2013, at 10:31 AM, "M G Durrant" <mgd at ucet.org> wrote:

> Lora,
> 
> "Keyboards for iPads" was a topic at our statewide TCC (District Technology Directors) meeting last Thursday (Alan Gibbons attends from your district). Only a few districts have purchased keyboards for student iPads; those which have said that there has been so little use of them that it was somewhat a waste of money.
> 
> A problem to keep in mind: keyboards for iPads connect via Bluetooth wireless. Each keyboard MUST be paired with a specific iPad, and once paired, will not work with any other iPad. Thus you will need a numbering system to keep the iPads and their respective keyboards together.
> 
> Apple sells (or sold) a keyboard with an integrated dock connector. The downside was that it would work only in the portrait position. It uses a 30-pin dock connector; if you have new iPads with Lightning connectors these would not work.
> 
> I am not aware of any iPad carts which are designed to store/organize keyboards along with the iPads. Most carts (Spectrum Industries is an exception) have slots that are so narrow that it is difficult to put in anything but a bare iPad.
> 
> If you haven't already purchased bluetooth keyboards, two to consider are the Zagg/Logitech #920-003402 keyboard case (friction fit), and the Logitech magnetic keyboard #920-004013 (connects with the magnetic hinge feature of iPad 2/3/4. Both are about $70 on Amazon and both are thin enough to go in most carts (attached to the iPad) so that would solve your storage problem. You would still need to pair and number them in case the kids decide to mix them up for you.
> 
> 
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> On Mar 13, 2013, at 8:31 AM, Lora Smith wrote:
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> I am wondering if anyone has ordered keyboards for their iPad labs and if so if you have found a good way to organize, store, and deliver them easily to the classrooms.
>  
> Thank you,
>  
> Lora Smith, Media Specialist
> White Pine Middle School Richmond, UT
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