There are many types, most work just fine. Cost is decreasing, you can get 3 of them for about $2-$3 or less. Try eBay.
| ||Camera connection kit. This "dongle" plugs into the 30 pin connector on your iPad and permits you to: 1. Add a USB keyboard to your iPad, and 2. download digital photos from many different SCHD camera cards directly to your iPad. The Camera Connection Kit purchased from Apple is about $25, but you can purchase kits from 3rd party vendors for $6 to $12.|
**There are new ones coming out with the new Lightening connector for iPad 4 and Mini. Be aware that historically, prices on accessories drop a few months after their introduction. When first introduced with new iPad models, accessories can be very pricey.
| ||Microfiber glass cleaner. The same little cloths that your eye doctor gives you when you get new glasses. Buy them at the grocery store, pharmacy, or your eye doctor. |
| ||Headphones with microphone. Although the microphone on the iPad is quite good, it will pick up a lot of room sound when you're dictating. These headphones have a microphone on the line which brings the mic closer to your mouth for better quality recordings.|
| || VGA Projection Dongle |
Costs about $30.
Connects your iPad to a projector or TV. You'll need some masking tape (or velcro) to keep the connections firm.
This is the dongle with the new Lightening connector for iPad 4 and Mini.
Be aware that historically, prices on accessories drop a few months after their introduction. When first introduced with new iPad models, accessories can be very pricey.
| || VGA Cable|
Inexpensive...10 to 15 feet is usually less than $10. Connects the Dongle to your projector.
There are wireless solutions for connection... Apple TV ($99.00) is one, and the app, Reflector ($15.00) is another (Reflector needs an app installation on both an iPad and another computer that is in the room.) Reflector then "mirrors" the iPad display to the projector that is connected to the room computer. Both Apple TV and Reflector use Apple's Airplay.
Doctors use iPads
|Plastic bags (Gallon Size) are used to keep the iPad clean and dry. Use them when at the beach, in the rain/humidity, or when working with students with dirty fingers. Will help stop the spread of germs when a student has the "sniffles."|
|Google Search for iPad Cases||Cases|
There are many, many different types of cases available to protect your iPad from damage and abuse.
|Google search for Ipad Holders||iPad Holders |
Here again, there are many, many types of holders available and at all price ranges.
Avoid High Prices!!
- The quality is excellent, and the support is great, but purchasing your accessories from the Apple Store or from Apple Computer online is often exorbitantly expensive.
- Try purchasing your accessories from eBay or Amazon. (Standard cautions apply as to shipping charges, shipping times from international locations, etc.)
- Another great online source is http://www.monoprice.com/
Printing from the iPad
Probably the best way to print from the iPad (at least right now) is to not print from it at all. Send the file to a PC or Mac and print from there.
Here is a website that outlines the software and hardware needs for printing from iPads.
AirPrint Activator software will run on any Late-model Mac with Snow Leopard (10.6) or Lion(10.7)OS. It will make that Mac a print server for your iPad.