A teacher friend recently told me a somewhat troubling story. His teaching partner, whose classroom shares a door with his, asked him at the beginning of the year if she could use their shared door as an exit. I asked my friend what that meant. “More than 50 students and you need two exits,” he said. “50 students?!” was pretty much all I could muster in response.
As any educator knows all too well, class size is on the rise. Unfortunately, that means more work for teachers and less space in classrooms. It’s becoming more and more difficult to fit anything extra in the classroom, especially if it's bulky and cumbersome. A charging cart is no exception. It's crucial to find one that has a small footprint, so it will fit in a crowded classroom.
Size is a characteristic that’s easy to overlook, especially when you're shopping online where there's nothing tangible about your options, but it’s crucial to keep it in mind.
A small size means a light weight, so even the tiniest student can push it up and down the hall. A small size means more room in an already too-crowded classroom. A small size means easy maneuverability, so moving the cart from room to room is effortless.
Ever since Anthro began designing charging solutions in 2002, we've been well aware of the size constraints that classrooms face, so we've done our best to make the smallest solutions possible. Our original Tablet Charging Cart
is a mere two foot square. It can fit easily in a cramped classroom… even one packed with 50 students!
Our newest, most innovative family of charging solutions is no different. Mike Potter, Principal at View Acres Elementary School in Milwaukie, Oregon, beta-tested a cart from the new family, and had this to say about its size:
“It’s large enough to hold enough iPads and yet small enough for both staff and older students to get it easily from its storage space into the classroom and back. The size is important because classroom space is less than a few years ago. As class size has grown, it’s not just the student; it’s their desk, chair, backpack, books, etc. All of these things reduce the amount of space that can exist in a classroom. Having a small, very mobile cart fits right into very full classrooms.”
Ultimately, a charging cart with a small footprint means an educator who is a little bit happier, which, in the face of the larger workload that comes from an increasing class size, is certainly something to value.
Stay tuned for our most innovative charging cart family yet… to be unveiled at ISTE 2014 at the end of this month. Stop by our booth #2554 for a first look at this ground-breaking charging cart family.