Hi,  We never let students put their laptops in their backpacks.  Student forget what is in their backpack and laptops get broken.  Just look at the giant piles of backpacks before kids get on a bus or at a sports game. 

-Amanda Bickford
Manchester Elementary Middle School

On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We purchased the EndoX case designed for HP3115 this year, and this was specifically to avoid the rate of damage we had last year with soft cases. It's a hard "crush proof" case and worth the little bit extra. One observation about the soft cases (aside from breakage) is that many laptops "squeezed" into backpacks are already showing keyboard damage on the screens... the hard case should alleviate that. I am pushing kids to keep them in their backpacks as well, as I believe much of the damage we saw last year was outside the backpack when cases were carried "loose" (and swinging around, etc.

True: these a little more bulky, but not much bigger than an average science textbook... the protection is worth it.

This year's first broken laptop came in this morning, and although the student CLAIMED it was in the case and in his backpack, the backpack didn't have room for it and the crack pattern (vertical lines on the edge, no case damage) indicates it was likely stepped on.

Eric Hall
Technology Integration Specialist
Mount Mansfield Union High School
Chittenden East SU

On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM, Lisa Barry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Anyone have a suggestion for a laptop bag that they really have been happy with for 1:1 projects.   We have HP Notebooks and looking for purchasing cases that are not too bulky but protect the computers.   We had a neoprene one the first year and that one didn't seem to withstand some of the use by middle school students.   Last year we got a different bag but it is really bulky so looking for something in between the two if anyone has suggestions.

Lisa Jones Barry
Technology Integration Specialist
Essex Town School District

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