BOULDER, Colo., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Educators throughout the United States, and the world, are using iPads and other tablets to enhance learning in classrooms. Recent research from International Data Corporation (IDC) showed tablet shipments to schools increased 103% from 2011 to 2012, and the share of tablets in “education client devices” (laptops, desktops and tablets) increased from 19.4% to 35% in 2012, and will continue to grow in 2013. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, “government mandates from all levels to digitize education, the relatively low cost of tablets, and a proliferation of funding sources are providing an enormous push to tablet adoption, effectively bringing the concept of one device per student closer to reality.”
In the last month, here are just a few of the tablet deployments in education:
1. The Los Angeles Unified School District in June approved a deal to spend $30 million on iPads for each and every student in the district.
2. The Guilford County Schools in North Carolina in May confirmed plans to deploy 21,215 Amplify Android tablets to all students in middle school for the 2013-2014 school year.
3. Microsoft announced that it will give away 10,000 Surface RT tablets to registrants for the International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Antonio, Texas in June.
4. The Queensland Department of Education, Training and Deployment in Australia will hand out 14,000 Windows 8 tablets from Acer to high school students this school year.
While the Apple iPad is a beautifully designed tablet, its functionally is simply not easy to use. Other tablets have the same problems – holding a tablet with one hand while trying to type or swipe with the other is just clumsy, and holding it with two hands while trying to type or swipe is quite difficult. Now imagine trying to use an iPad with hands only half of your size!
Repetitive use injuries with tablets are a relatively new phenomenon, but “iPad hand” has already been coined to describe the aches and pains in the hand used to hold the device while typing with the other, according to an article in the Daily Mail (United Kingdom). The article continues, “most owners use their left hand to hold the tablet steady, risking painful symptoms such as repetitive strain injury and even carpal tunnel syndrome where fingers seize up.”
Mobio Holdings LLC has a solution to this problem: introducing Mobio Grip. Mobio Grip enhances the use of tablets (and smartphones) by making them more convenient, more functional and more fun. Precision-made, ergonomic and sleek, Mobio Grip uses magnetic-based technology to securely hold mobile devices comfortably right where the user wants them. And, the great thing is, Mobio Grip works with all brands of tablets and cases, so Mobio Grip is the perfect tablet accessory for every student.
Mobio Grip is both a convenient handle and a stand that can be added or removed in a second. Mobio Grip is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand or between the fingers. It allows students to carry or hold their tablets at any angle, with just one hand, leaving the other hand free to type, scroll, or take notes. It is great for making class presentations because it can easily spin from portrait to landscape while holding the device. On a horizontal surface, Mobio Grip is a stand that keeps the tablet stable and viewable, and both hands free to type. Whether viewing photos or educational videos, showing presentations, doing homework, or simply reading a book: it’s all convenient with Mobio Grip.
Nancy Brankis, M.Ed. (NBCT) says, “The versatility and functionality of the Mobio Grip product, coupled with the use of integrative technology (Smartboard, iPad, tablets), impacts and enhances a teacher’s ability to provide instruction; thereby, directly preparing students for college and career readiness in the 21st century.”
Mobio Grip use magnetic-based technology to securely hold tablets or mobile phones. The Mobio magnet attaches to the tablet with an industrial grade 3M adhesive that’s incredibly strong and removable if necessary. Then, the tablet attaches to Mobio Grip with a simple click, and pops off in a second. Once connected, the tablet is infinitely adjustable and easy to disconnect. And yes, magnets are completely safe for all tablets and smartphones – in fact Apple’s own Smart Covers use magnets to attach to iPad and iPad Mini.
Mobio Grip and other Mobio products are available today at www.hellomobio.com and select retailers, and are being used in many schools, offices, homes and cellular stores, like AT&T.