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iPad Cases and Keyboards

Case Options

St. Mary’s Academy does not provide a case with student iPads. We would like students to be able to tailor their school iPad with their own personality – the case provides the best platform for this individualization.

Over 700 look-alike student iPads will make identification just slightly more difficult. All students, however, must have a case. An iPad will not be distributed to student until they have a case that meets our specifications. In selecting a case, the three most important elements are:

1 - Impact protection for the corners, sides and back (rubber or plastic is best).
Fabric/Leather cases do not last or protect well at all so do not get them!
2 - Protection for the glass screen when not in use.
3 - The ability to prop the iPad up at an angle for better typing ergonomics.

There are many protective cases on the market and you are welcome to choose them as long as they satisfy at least #1 and #2 above at minimum. A good case will help protect the iPad all 4 years. You may email if you are not sure of a case you are looking at will be adequate. Whether a student chooses to use the on-screen keyboard or an external keyboard (optional) is a matter of preference. We STRONGLY recommend the cases and keyboards below.

Protective cases

Below are recommended cases for the various models of iPads we have at SMA. The links are to the company directly where you can purchase but you are welcome to purchase from other retailers as long as the meet the protective requirements above.

iPad Generation 7 (A2197) - Class of 2024

iPad Generation 6 (A1893) - Class of 2022 & 2023

iPad Generation 5 (A1822) - Class of 2021

Case styles to AVOID:
  • Only fabric or leather.
  • Hold the iPad into the case using only small tabs or elastic bands.

If you have any questions about the above or if you are wanting a different make/model case and are unsure if it will be protective enough please email and we will be happy to verify whether it will work.

Keyboards (work with all iPads)

* Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad® with Lightning™ Connector
* Wired Tablet Keyboard w/ Stand for iPad (Lightning Connector)
* Apple Wireless Keyboard MC184LL/B

Protective cases with keyboard built into case.
* We do not recommend any cases with keyboards built in at this time.

Screen Protectors

You are welcome to use a thin plastic or glass screen protector on the iPad. Although not required these do help with minor scratches that may occur when using the iPad. It has been our experience that the glass ones work better than plastic.

Stylus Options (Optional)

A stylus is helpful in a variety of classes for drawing diagrams and hand-writing notes. Below are some recommendations.

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