5 BEST iPad Cases for Kids

5 BEST iPad Cases for Kids

best ipad cases for kidsLooking for an iPad case that will work well with kids?  We have 2 iPads for our 2 toddlers and we learned early on that in order for them to be able to play with the iPads, we would need to invest in nice iPad case.  If you are in the market for an iPad case for kids or for toddlers – here are a few that we recommend.

Updated: April 25, 2014

Check out these 5 Great iPad Cases for Kids:

Otterbox Defender iPad Case

ipad defender caseIf you are looking for the best in the defense for you iPad, go with the Otterbox Defender.

One of the features that I appreciate about this case is the built-in screen protector. I had purchased a separate screen protector and had it on the device. When we upgraded to the newer iPad, I didn’t worry about the screen protector film, this case protected the device enough.

The Defender line by Otterbox is awesome. It’s built for defense. While this case is bulky, your iPad will be protected and you can worry a little less about your digital investment. We have a Defender on one of our toddlers iPads and had another on an older iPad that we sold.

Purchase the Otterbox Defender iPad Case

Griffin Survivor Case

Griffin iPad Case for KidsI wasn’t sure how the Griffin Survivor case would match up to the Otterbox Defender. We had purchased our second iPad and were needing a case. I decided to try out the Griffin. It had come recommended by another mom and it was cheaper than the Otterbox Defender. I went for it and we still have a protected iPad! The case works great, is very similar in protection to the Defender – would definitely recommend it.

The Survivor iPad case comes with a built-in screen protector like the Defender.

Purchase the Griffin Survivor Case

 

Lifeproof ipad Case

lifeproof ipad case for kidsWhile I haven’t used the Lifeproof iPad case, I am sure it will impress. I recently switched my iPad case from an Otterbox iPhone Defender case to the Lifeproof case and WOW, this thing is impressive!  I talked with the team at CES this past year and saw this case first hand. It is super nice!

If I was a bath person, or had a pool – I would totally invest in one of these. The Lifeproof iPad case, like the Lifeproof iPhone case is WATERPROOF! And in addition to waterproof is drop proof, you can drop the iPad and no harm done to your tablet. Lifeproof even sales a Lifeproof Life Jacket to keep your device afloat in the pool.

Purchase the Lifeproof iPad Case

 

Speck Products iGuy

speck iguy iPad case

If you are looking for less protection and more personality with a case, , check out the iGuy from Speck. The iGuy is an iPad accessory perfect for kids. This freestanding foam case comes in various sizes to fit the various iPad versions.

The iGuy is easy to hold, lightweight and he can stand on his own two feet!

Purchase the iGuy

 

Big Grips Frame

big grips ipad frameBig Grips Frame was designed specifically for kids!  This frame is made of a soft, squishy and easy to grab foam that’s perfect for little hands.  The squishy foam is made to help cushion a fall, should your kids ever HAPPEN to drop your iPad (I am sure that’s NEVER happened!).

One of my good friends swears by this iPad case. My toddlers are a little too destructive for me to feel that the iPad would be safe with this case, but you never know! Her child’s iPad has yet to be damaged!  I would recommend a screen protector film if you do opt for this case.

Also Big Grips offers a Big Grips Stand – which will let your iPad stand up! Perfect if your little ones watch movies on your device.

Purchase the Big Grips Frame

Do you have an iPad case that you prefer for kids?

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5 Things My Toddler Has Learned from the iPad

5 Things My Toddler Has Learned from the iPad

Toddlers and iPad learning is something that has fascinated me. While yes, I am a digital mom who is constantly trying to find a good screen time balance for my kids – we whole heartedly embrace technology with kids.  I admit, my 2 year old Izaiah spends more screen time that the normal toddler probably does. I really am not fretting it too much, because my toddler’s screen time is on the iPad and what he has learned has amazed me!

While we introduced the iPad early on in Izaiah’s life, watching him learn the device and how to work it has continually amazed me. Izaiah is 30 months and over the last 2 months has totally taken to this device as his preferred toy of choice.
Toddler iPad Learning – Yes! Toddlers do learn from iPads.

5 Things My Toddler Has Learned from the iPad

Learning How to Count

Use the Youtube Kids app and find learning to count videos. Find one with a catchy song and your kid will be counting in no time! (Though, sorry some of these songs become total ear worms!)

How to Take Photos

I adore getting Google+ notices that photos have uploaded to my account. Why? These are the typical types of pics that get uploaded from the iPad by the toddler.

toddler photo from ipad

How to Take Care of an iPad

taking care of the ipad

I’ll admit that more than 1 time we have found FOOTPRINTS on our kid’s iPad screen. Yep, they just walk right over it — another reason I suggest buying a Otterbox iPad case when toddler talk letting the kids use an iPad. But all that said, as Izaiah has gotten older, he has learned how to use an iPad properly and you know, not throw it down the stairs (AGAIN).

We have a USB wall plug that we keep an iPad cord attached to. Izaiah has learned when the battery is dead that he can go plug it in to play again.

The iPad has become a bargaining chip with our toddler. Hey I’m all about doing whatever works in regards to parenting – don’t judge!

Make sure to check out: Best iPad Cases for Kids

Quiet Time

I love Izaiah with all of my heart, but the dude does not sit still. He has NEVER enjoyed television, he found it boring. With the iPad he loves the interactivity. He can sit and play with it for hours (if I would let him – okay, yes I do when we are in the car or on road trips).

As a work at home mom, I quit my job to spend more time with my kids. Truth is though – I need down time too. I can’t do all of my work at night, and sometimes I just need the toddler occupied for an hour while I churn thru email or a blog post. This gives me the time I need to do what I need to do.

Sharing

This one – well it’s a toddler iPad learning in progress. We are still working on sharing. We had an iPad for the kids, and well – let’s just say this is a work in progress. Read 5 Ways to Help Teach Children Sharing.

New Normal Childhood

As I said before, finding the technology balance for kids is an on-going challenge. Knowing and understanding technology will help my child as he grows, but that doesn’t mean his childhood is spent in front of the screen. We believe in a new normal childhood. Outside time yes, but instead of the endless hours of cartoons on the television like I had as a kid, my toddlers will have hours in front of an iPad learning (and yes, watching Netflix).

Do You Embrace Toddler iPad Learning?

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{ 5 Things My Toddler Has Learned from the iPad is part of the Digital Mom Blog series  – Toddlers }

eReaders vs Tablets – Who Wins the Market Share?

eReaders vs Tablets – Who Wins the Market Share?

eReaders vs Tablets

The Apple iPad may have reinvented the tablet, but with a price tag starting at $499 and eReaders dropping in price, it’s no wonder why the eReader is taking gaining in the eReaders vs. Tablets market share?

Amazon.com’s Kindle and Barnes and Nobles Nook are more popular than the iPad with consumers according to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Last winter, tablets had a slight market lead. According to Pew, as of that time, 7% of U.S. adults owned a tablet computer (such as the iPad or Motorola Mobility’s Xoom), while only 6% owned an e-reader device.

But that picture soon changed drastically. By May, 12% of U.S. adults owned an e-reader, while tablet ownership expanded only to 8%. (Note: the margin of error on this survey is 2%, but that would not challenge the market lead of e-readers.)

This is not an either-or technology choice. Pew noted that 3% of adults own both devices. Specifically, 9% own an e-reader but not a tablet, and 5% own a tablet but not an e-reader. Source: cnn.com

Working in the publishing industry, we’ve always heard that there is a magic number for eReaders to gain in popularity. (more…)

6 Reasons Apple’s iPad is Great for Kids

6 Reasons Apple’s iPad is Great for Kids

kids and ipads

The husband surprised me with an iPad a year ago. While I admit, the daily usage is now down to weekly – the iPad is still played with, regularly! Since the newness for mommy has worn off – we bought a scratch-resistant screen protector and let them have at it. All 3 – ages 8, 6 and 1 love it!

Here are 6 Reasons Apple’s iPad is Great for Kids:

1. Reading

My daughter LOVES to read books on the iPad. She’s turned into a total bookworm this summer and with a library at her hands, she could spend hours virtually turning pages.

2. Games

Yes, my kids too are addicted to Angry Birds. If allowed, they could play for hours on end. But since our family only has 1 iPad – after 30 minutes one of  the other kids wills surely notice the other playing and the fighting commences.

3. Battery Life

After a year, we still see at least have 6 hours of non-stop use with the iPad battery.

4. Videos, Movies and TV Shows

Between renting movies or TV Shows from iTunes, YouTube videos or checking out NetFlix – the watching experience on an iPad is great. The screen is the perfect size for a child to hold. Now to get the baby from hitting the home button is the tricky part (use tape).

5. Road Trips!

We road trip frequently. While the 2 older kids have iPod Touches – the baby still has a favorite app – Uzu. We introduced it to him when he was 4 months old, and still gets a kick out of the laser-type light show that he can pound and create.

6. Education

Our older kids attend public school. The PTA raised enough money to bring iPads into the classroom. The educational apps provide a learning opportunity, while the kids feel like they are just playing on an iPad.  This should also say something about durability if classrooms pass these around among kids for use.

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I loved this dad’s take on 5 Reasons why the iPad Keeps Parents Sane.  It’s been a while since we have had to potty train, but in the next few years we’ll have another round of the fun experience of potty training. I can totally see how putting the kids on the potty with the iPad would help! BRILLIANT! Except – mommy should get her own iPad if they are using on the toilet.

Do You Let Your Kids Play With Your iPad?

Presentations Made FUN With Prezi! No More PowerPoint!

Presentations Made FUN With Prezi! No More PowerPoint!

How many of you HATE PowerPoint?

powerpoint sucks

Okay – now that we are all in agreement, let’s talk about GOOD presentations.

I’m interrupting this blog post to clue you into something that had me go huh?   A deck or Presentation Deck – well thats just what some people call Powerpoint or Keynote presentations.  Okay, back to normal programing.

What Makes A Good Visual Presentation?

Good visual presentations tell a story without telling you everything. They act as a guide for the speaker as he or she walks thru his presentation.  The words and visuals are simple. Minimal words are used, and those that are used present an idea, thought or key point.

Presentation Software

The generic PowerPoint I pray is on the way out.  Each time I am asked to create a PowerPoint, I end up spending endless hours creating graphics, then plopping them into the program because the tools I just don’t like.

Keynote is a fabulous option. Available for the Mac, Keynote enables a slick looking presentation, but you want simplier? easier? okay.

Meet Prezi

Create fun interactive presentation or Prezis as this company has coined them for free to minimal costs.

This is how Prezi describes their product:

Prezi is zooming sketches on a digital napkin.

It’s visualization and storytelling without slides. Your ideas live on stage and on the web.

Have you ever wondered about presenting your thoughts as free as they come? Ever got tired of creating a slideshow? It’s been said, that the best innovations come from people who are unhappy with the tools they use. We realized that our ideas won’t fit into slides anymore. Putting together creative thinking and technology expertise, we have created Prezi, a living presentation tool.

The cost of Prezi varies from free to $59 to $159 depending on how much storage space you need and if you want to use the desktop application. Prezi also offers student/teacher discounts.

There are several instructional videos to get you up and running.

Alternative to PowerPoint

Give Prezi a try the next time you need a quick presentation and want an alternative to PowerPoint.

It Looks Cool – But How Easy Is It, Really?

Here is my 5 minute presentation. I’d never used Prezi, just started playing with it, watched the clock – 5 minutes later – WALAH! I’m sure with 20 more minutes this thing would of been 20 times better, but you get the point- very easy to use.

The People Behind Prezi

Researching the company, I found some big names supporting this start up.  Jack Dorsey from Twitter, TED (the events) is an investor, Victorianna Dunn – nope don’t know who she is but she’s a woman and is the office manager and her name is on the site.  Props to her.

Learn More

Learn more about Prezi at Prezi.com

The iPad 2 Months Later

The iPad 2 Months Later

ipad

2 months ago, my baby daddy surprised me with an iPad. As much as I WANTED one, the real question is – would I use the iPad continually? OR would it be another electronic toy?

Well I can say that I still love it – maybe possibly more than ever before.

Working on the iPad

The iPad has been a great resource for me at work.  I am typically the FREAK who is carrying her laptop from meeting to meeting.  I am a note taker. I must have everything written down and since I get extremely bad writer’s cramp AND my handwriting looks like that of a 4 year old… the iPad has been fabulous.

I use Evernote regularly and sync between my browser, desktop application, iPad application and my iPhone. All of my notes are synced and now I’m just able to carry the iPad rather than the laptop.

Kids & the iPad

My kids LOVE this thing.  Their grubby fingers all over it does give me the eebie geebies. Tonight, my daughter and son were watching Garfield off of Netflix.  Earlier they were playing word search.

Reading on the iPad

As I mentioned above, I love to take notes.  I am currently reading The Referral Engine (great for marketers, btw).  The feature where I can jot notes and create bookmarks in my iBook is amazing.  I wanted to tell someone something in the book the other day, I was able to pull up every note and bookmark very easily and quickly.

What’s Missing?

The next generation of the iPad, which I am SURE will be out before we all know it – most definitely will be better than this one.  I hear rumors of a camera and the ability to Facetime.  The main feature the iPad is missing is multi-tasking. My iPhone can do it, but not yet on the iPad. Surely the 2nd generation iPad will include those.

Is the iPad Worth It?

The iPad, though not as funtional as an actual computer, has earned a place in our home as a computer. It gets as much use as any other machine.

Is the iPad worth it?
Yes.