Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. To advance education, many school systems use the latest in mobile technology. The Trumansburg Central School District in New York is on top of this trend, deploying more than 200 Samsung Galaxy Tab devices. To protect this investment and provide uninterrupted learning, the district uses OtterBox®Defender Series®cases.
The district integrated mobile technology as a means to further engage students and allow them to create, share and collaborate in a way reflective of the current technological landscape. To kick off the program, Trumansburg CSD provided Galaxy Tab devices and Defender Series cases to all fifth and ninth grade students. These devices enabled students to collect data for science projects, collaborate on presentations using Google Docs and myriad other projects.
The plan is to expand the program over the next four years to include all fifth- through twelfth-grade students — about 750 devices in total. Given the all-encompassing nature of this tech tool, the information technology staff for Trumansburg CSD knows keeping the tablets in top working order is a priority.
“The OtterBox case provides the protection we need for these devices in the school environment,” said Principal Jon Koeng. “Students can be rough with their belongings, and these devices can be pretty sensitive.”
The OtterBox Defender Series for tablet devices provides multi-layer protection against bumps, drops, scratches and dirt. A hi-impact polycarbonate shell snaps around the device, followed by a durable, shock-absorbing silicone skin. A polycarbonate shield snaps onto the front of the case to protect the screen when the device is not in use. When using the device, this shield converts into a stand or can be clipped onto the back of the case.
The Galaxy Tabs are treated just like any other districtowned property. Similar to text books, if they are damaged the student is responsible for repair or replacement. The protection provided by the Defender Series case reduces potential downtime and financial burden, leading to improvement of teaching and learning in and outside the classroom.
“The OtterBox cases were integral to the success of our program this past year because we had so few tablets damaged,” Koeng said. “I’m aware of another district that had about 25 percent of their devices damaged over the course of the year, while we only had maybe five in total. In every instance the students had taken their device out of the OtterBox case. We had zero damage for devices when the kids utilized the OtterBox solution.”
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