When we think about educational technology, it’s easy to think only of mobile devices and how they’re being used in the classroom. But what happens when the school day is over? Those devices need a place to be charged and stored securely.
Finding the right charging solution for the classroom isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here are five factors to consider when shopping for a charging solution:
#1: Size Matters
Choose a solution that won’t eat up all the space in your already-too-small classroom. Find a cart with a reasonably sized footprint that can fit down narrow aisles and into cramped spaces, if necessary. Also, consider whether you can use the cart-in-question as teaching podium to even further maximize your space.
#2: Think about Cases
It sounds like a no-brainer, but forgetting to factor in the size of the devices’ cases is a common mistake educators make. Most cases add several inches to the size of the tablet, which can make it too large to fit into the bays of your cart. To avoid that fate, choose the case for your device before you even start looking for a cart. This way you can account for the difference while your search.
#3: Make Life Easy for IT
Carefully consider the cart-in-question’s cable management when you’re looking around. It should be intuitive; in other words, it should be obvious how to route cords and cables when you open the cart. Better yet, look for a separate locking IT area. That way, you or your colleague in IT can wire and plug in everything, and lock it away from those sometimes curiously-pesky pint-sized end users.
#4: Don’t Break the Bank
Think of your devices as Batman, and your charging solution as Robin. A good charging solution is like a sidekick: essential, yet secondary. Save money where you can by finding a solution that won’t break the bank, but is backed by a Lifetime Warranty and excellent customer service, so you never have to worry about it.
#5: Mobility is Key
As you know, the classroom is a highly fluid place where things constantly shift and move. Make sure your charging cart can stand up to such motion. It should be easy to move, and not just by the adults, but by your students, too. It should be lightweight enough that you don’t have to be a weightlifter to push it down the hall.
If your charging solution fits these five criteria, you and your students will be in great shape. Remember: A charging cart supports harmony in the classroom. If your chosen solution doesn’t work properly, students will be disappointed and teachers will be frustrated. Choose wisely!
Choose an Anthro Charging Solution to make the best decision this school buying season. We have the nicest team of Technical Sales Specialists waiting to help you find the perfect cart for your devices. Give us a call at (800) 325-3841 or chat with us online!