With Easter around the corner, it was ironic that my rep from LocknCharge came by talking about the new idea they had brought to the 1:1 and BYOD schools. They had watched many manufacturers built a typical cabinet design for carts that would go into schools and over time. The inefficiencies these carts brought upon the devices muddied the water of the dream education they would provide our 21st Century students. Muddied it so much so that the dream was hard to ever see in the first place. I was super impressed by the possibilities that LocknCharge brought to a classroom. They help to increase learning time be decreasing deployment time of the devices to students, they bring a solution that is scalable from a pilot to a full 1:1 rollout and they make it easier to share and, at the same time, make the devices more secure if kept at a centralized location. Best part of all, it incorporates baskets for festive Easter irony!
Classroom deployment and carting of the devices can eat a significant amount of the class time when looking at a typical charge/sync cart. This by far one of the largest issues in a carted device learning model. in some classes its the teacher loading and unloading all the devices, sometimes on their hands and knees putting them back in. Sometimes, it is the students all attacking the cart from one angle with pushing, shoving and pinching of fingers in the doors and slots in the mad grab for their device. Here is a video of LocknCharge and their Carrier 40 in action at Como Primary School.
Having the students create there own learning in the classroom is becoming more of the approach taken this year more than most. Assigning a team leader to be in charge of their baskets group is a great way to facilitate that. When you see children with their devices, you get a sense that they take pride in their technology and really care for the device. It’s best to onboard a system that only gets a few children out of their seats. It teaches leadership and responsibility and it’s a rotatable position. It also helps those schools that are new to a mobile learning environment that have not yet thrown out the traditional classroom set-up adjust to those “growing pains”. Once the device is in the students hands, they do not need to face forward for their content. The teacher should only be facilitating the learning in a collaborative effort between students. I like that this cart can further take the teacher away from the technology and into what they need to do.
One thing I hear a lot of is the need for a cart that carries less than the standard 24-30. While some companies are going for 36 and 40 device carts, I like that LocknCharge kept their ear to the ground and have made a 20 device cart. Best part is it is top-loading so no more being on your hands and knees plugging in devices and fishing out the power cords that get smashed in the back. It compliments the 5 device basket system they started with nicely. With the introduction of a charging station, teachers can check out the few baskets they need from the library or media center and keep the charge station in the classroom for between-class use. This keeps you from overspending on devices that offer 8-10 hour battery life but are out of budget when it comes to buying for that one spec per device. The ability to outfit a classroom or sub-location with a station for charging is a much cheaper option. At the end of the day, and baskets are wrangled back into the central location for secure overnight.
If you need a new charging cart for your students’ devices look to LocknCharge. The ease of use the basket system will alleviate so many issues you are likely having with deployment time in class, security, sharability between numerous classes. If you would like a demo of a LocknCharge cart in your school or class, just contact me here!
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