In my previous post on the comparison between the iPod and iPad (which can be found HERE) I made mention that the director of special ed for my school district offered to purchase an iPad for my son’s use while he attends the Vista school, a school for children with autism. I dismissed him out of hand without really giving the offer the consideration it deserved.
Well, after applying for a dozen grants and hearing nothing, with the economy in the crapper and with me being unemployed my hubby and I sat down and had a heart-to-heart about the districts offer. The only con we could come up with is the fact that JR won’t actually own this iPad. It will be school district property. However, as was done before with the Dynavox JR will have total and complete access to it 24/7/365. So it will be as though he owns it.
The other advantage to this situation is simply the fact that JR will be in the school setting for another 7 years. His 21st birthday is 2 days after the cut off for Pennsylvania. Seven years is a long time when talking about high-tech advancements. I can’t even begin to imagine the changes and improvements that Apple alone will be making and of course all the other tablet makers will follow Apple’s lead. An example of this is the new iPad3 due for release the end of February of 2012 is rumored to be capable of flash content.
We even have addressed the issue of this iPad being district property and the iTunes store issues that seem to come hand in hand with who owns the unit and who owns the licenses for the apps. Basically we have free range to load any app on it we desire. The caveat is no R rated movies. Not that it would ever be an issue. Other than that we are free to do as we please. We already own a license for Proloque2Go so that will be the first thing that goes on it. Other educational apps that we are currently using will be added and more will come over time.The size of the flash hard drive will either be the 16 or 32GB. I am pushing for the 32 but the 16 will work fine too. Since there is a color choice with the 2nd generation we opted for black. The protective case has been narrowed down to a possible 3. They are, Incepio Destroyer (view the 2nd video for this one). I like this because all though it has a silicone feature it is a cocoon that the iPad itself fits into and the case that surrounds it all is hard military grade plastic. The plastic hides the silicone. For extra security the case SCREWS into place so there is no chance that it can be taken off without tools. Cost of the Incipio is $100.00 The second protective case is: the AMDI iAdapter 2, and it’s a hard plastic case with built in speakers. The greatest benefit of the second case is the speakers, but it’s also the most expensive at $265.00. The third case which is the least expensive is the ZooGue Leather case. The unique feature about this one is the easel is totally adjustable in landscape view. This comes in price-wise at a modest $50.00
My JR has OCD issues when it comes to his movies, so this iPad will be used strictly for communication and educational apps. He will still have his 4th generation iPod for his movies, You Tube and all the other “fun” stuff. Not exactly sure what we are going to do with his iPod 3rd generation though. Maybe we’ll donate it to Vista or sell it.