Large, soft cases are, in theory, a great way to keep Clearwater Schools' new Chromebooks from being destroyed. I've taught in a school with such cases, and there are some problems:
1. The cases are large, negating the awesomeness of small Chromebooks.
2. The cases need to be carried IN ADDITION to any books. This means students will either cram books into the cases, negating the awesomeness of the soft case, or students will leave their cases behind in classrooms because carrying two piles of stuff is cumbersome.
3. Students WILL take the computers out of the cases, making the cases virtually useless. Whether in the classroom, at home, or in order to cram the Chromebook in a school bag, if the Chromebooks can be removed from the cases, they will be removed.
4. Cases aren't cool. Sorry, case manufacturers, but your products have never been cool in any way, and kids like being cool.
If Clearwater Schools want to protect Chromebooks in those cases, then the Cranium Chromebook Screen Protector and Whiteboard is the obvious choice.
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Brian Jaeger writes columns for respectable websites all over the kingdom.