Last year, I thought the CaseCrown Book Cover Clip On Case was the perfect always-on case for our current 6th graders to use with their brand new MacBook Air 11″ laptops. Our students use the same machine for their 3 years of middle school, and then the school sells them back to Apple. This CaseCrown faux-leather cover is only $20 on Amazon. There are also other brands marketing the same case (Acase, SmackTom).
The CaseCrown cases have held up remarkably well! I totally though the elastic straps at the top would have snapped by now, yet somehow they are all intact. However, my two reservations have to do with the fact that the top corners of the laptop are exposed and some of the laptops are developing dinged/curling edges (as kids are clearly occasionally dropping their machines). Also, I don’t know if I love the snap at the front. I see fidgety kids snapping/unsnapping this closure during class discussions when their laptops are shut. It’s a super annoying sound when you notice it.
So, I have a begun a search for the perfect (or at least) better case. I’m going to be purchasing a few test models this week. Gina Marcel (K-2 Ed Tech here at The School) suggested I gather interesting models in a Pinterest board (see below). I’d love suggestions if you know of other great cases to consider…
Gina Marcel (@fpgina) told me to test the new headphones she bought for the K-2 division at The School at Columbia University. They are the Universal Multimedia Headset with Microphone made by Gear Head. After playing around with them, I agree that they are truly amazing and useful. Up until now, I’d been buying USB headphones for the kids to use with their laptops. These are way better as they have a universal 3.5mm jack for input/output so they can be used on our iPads and other devices as well as our laptops. Also, the package comes with an adapter and connector if you really need that kind of thing. Thanks, Gina!
Saturday was the 3rd annual TEDxYouth@TheSchool. I am grateful for so many people who helped make this day a success:
- The inspiring students, artists, performers, and activists who spoke to my community: Rebecca Marratta and Aidan Ryan, The School’s Concert Choir led by Rachel Klem, Gabriella Singh, Bree Person, Hannah Sachs, Finding Green NYC, Rodda John, Sophia Edelstein, Moranda Rasmussen, Devin Carthan, Matt Vorzimer, Laura Sjogren, Jacob Schmidt, Keith Jensen, Yadira De La Riva and Wade Colwell-Sandoval
- Flik Independent School Dining (@FlikISDining) for providing breakfast and lunch
- The School at Columbia University (@The_School) for hosting us and keeping us warm and secure
- The support of our Head of School, Amani Reed, and our three Division Heads, Kathryn Kaiser (K-2), Kevin Fittinghoff (3-5) and Belinda Nicholson (6-8)
- Monica Amaro, Charles Colten and Zoe Paraskevopoulos for helping to gather and prepare our speakers, and Katie Reimer and Lynette Wilson for assisting at the event
- Claire Sexton for taking photos
- Gina Marcel (@fpgina) for handling the video and livestreaming station
- Don Buckley (@donbuckley) for helping me in all ways as usual
- Katy Gartside (@katygartside) for live tweeting from the @TEDxYTheSchool account
- Jazmin Sherwood for her organizational and problem solving skills
- Kate Berten (@k8berten) for stepping in to lead Keith Jensen’s @paintpenart workshop as he has been out of town due to an evacuation by Hurricane Sandy
- The students, parents, and guests who came and enthusiastically participated
You can watch the 15 videos from the window above or visit the playlist on YouTube.