Say No to Milk Crates in the Classroom
by Maggie Summers
| 6/5/2014 9:16:01 AM
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A school district's technology bond passes, and each school gets 300 mobile devices delivered to their front door. Now what?
Storage is often an afterthought when it comes to implementing tech in education. Many districts choose to invest in the mobile devices, but leave storage up to individual schools. All of which is well and good, as long as the school can afford multiple store and charge solutions. Wood Middle School in Wilsonville, OR experienced this conundrum, and as teacher-librarian Stuart Levy recently told me: "A lot of people were upset when that happened."
Rightly so. Without a storage solution, where were educators expected to charge and securely store those sparkly new devices? What about transporting them between classrooms?
In Wood Middle School's case, teachers got crafty. One cunning individual figured out that six of their Dell 2100 mini-laptops fit neatly in one milk crate, so teachers started using them. Charger cords conveniently poke out through holes in the crates, so devices could charge and hang out while not in use. Mobility? Not so much. Security? A locked room.
Anyone who’s spent time around kids knows how they tend to treat things the way they see them being treated. If an adult is really careful with a tablet, for example, a kid is more likely to treat it with care. Likewise with devices at school: if students see their devices hanging out in a makeshift, shabby milk crate surrounded by a mess of cords, they won't treat them as nicely as they should.
A charging solution is more than just a place to charge and store devices at the end of the day. A great charging solution promotes peace and harmony in the classroom. Students immediately know which device is theirs, thanks to bay numbers. Students can get and put away devices quickly and without chaos. Devices are always charged and ready to go, so there are no disappointed kids.
Moreover, a great charging solution wordlessly encourages students to take care of their devices. It's a statement that says "as a school, we have invested in this fancy charging cart to keep your devices nice, so as a student, please do your part."
A great charging solution that stores, secures and transports a classroom set of devices may be an afterthought for many in education, but you know what they say: Every hero needs a sidekick. Make sure your expensive fleet of devices has a great one.
Stay tuned for our most innovative charging cart family yet… to be unveiled at ISTE 2014. Anthro has been at the forefront of charging solutions since 2002, and we can’t wait to show you what’s next.
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