Rain Design's iSlider Is a Cool, Portable iPad Stand
The iSlider works with the iPad in either horizontal or vertical mode. The user pulls out the slider part, adjusts it to the desired height, and puts the iPad in place. There are small notches on the back that grab on and hold the slider where the user wants it. This is hard to describe, but the following video, taken from the Rain Design web site, illustrates it better than trying to do it with words.
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Using the product
The product is very simple to use. Take it out of the box, slide out the slider and you are good to go. To move from typing move to viewing mode takes only one step., i.e., adjusting the slider to the appropriate length. The following image shows my iPad in viewing and typing mode.
Two views of iSlider in use
Although the web site proclaims the iSlider to be pocket size, I think this is a bit of an exaggeration. I certainly can’t fit it in my jeans pockets although very tall folks may be able to do so. It will, however, easily fit in a roomy iPad carrying bag such as the Waterfield Indy iPad Bag , or any of the bags that are now appearing that will hold both laptops and iPads.
Hosmer parents, teachers and WEF donate $18200 for iPad purchase
The Hosmer PTO, donating $17,000, and the Watertown Education Foundation, donating $1,200, have funded the purchase of ipads and accessories for each classroom at the Hosmer School.
Jennifer Fandetti, Hosmer PTO president and mom of three Watertown public school students said half of the money was raised from direct contributions of parents through PTO dues.
Fandetti added using the dues system has proven to be the best and most effective way to make a contribution rather than other types of fundraising which we only receive a portion of funds.
The iPads and projectors for each classroom teacher will allow each classroom to have a working document camera and the ability to collaborate.
"They will have a variety of educational app's available to them to use as teaching tools, I'm sure students are going to be excited," Fandetti said. "The Hosmer PTO has worked hard to bring art, music and educational enrichment to our school for years and when this chunk of money became available we voted to spend it on technology. With the help of principal Anne Hardiman, curriculum coordinator Allison Donovan and library media specialist Toni Carlson we all agreed iPads would be the way to go."