iPad Charging Stations: 10 Reasons why you should be using them
The future of learning in the classroom may be moving digitally, but do we have the necessary steps in place to support this and ensure iPads or other mobile and tech devices are effective, safe, secure and offer pupils a better education? iPad charging stations can be a great solution to bring order to iPad management. Read our ten reasons why they can benefit your school below.
- You can get back crucial class time
A recent video case study found that you can save up to a staggering 70 hours of class time each year just by choosing a suitable device management system for iPads or other tablet devices that includes baskets.
The video was taken at the beginning of each lesson with a traditional style cabinet tablet storage cart. The traditional cart took 10 minutes and 3 seconds to complete deployment of 30 units. This was then repeated with a basket-based cart which took just 4 minutes and 50 seconds – saving a huge 5 minutes and 13 seconds out of just one lesson in teaching time.
- They can reduce theft of iPads
Schools using iPads make significant investments in not only devices but ensuring procedures are in place for them to be used successfully.
This was certainly the case for Hove Park School when they had £37,000 worth of pupils’ iPads stolen from their school. iPad charging stations and storage carts reduce the risk of theft and enhance security, not only from the risk of individual devices being stolen but from the risk of cables being lost and units being mislaid.
- They can sync multiple devices
Charging stations for iPads, tablets and laptops can sync multiple devices at the same time, sometimes up to 40 units or more. This not only saves time having to load devices individually but also ensures all pupils have the latest information ready to work with, and reduces the risk of Not syncing all of the devices, which can result in critical apps not being downloaded onto all devices and students being left out of projects. It can also prevent having students on varying versions of software by assuring they’re all updated at once.
- They can help to save money
Not only can iPad charging stations help you save money in the long run by reducing theft but they can help save money by reducing the need for extra resources in order to manage and maintain the devices, loss of chargers and accessories or on breakages. Many units are also portable, so can be moved from classroom to classroom meaning you need less iPads in total for your school, at less cost. Starting at around £300 per device, this could save a tidy sum!
- They can encourage responsible learning
Charging stations not only ensure pupils are taking responsibility for iPads but can help provide many positive benefits to a classroom environment. One particular benefit of mobile device charging stations that include baskets is that they allow children to “own” and take responsibility for their dedicated devices and to gain independence from both using and distributing these devices. Devices are not cheap, and schools need to ensure that they are looked after with care and compassion. By empowering children with tasks that they are capable of carrying out alone or with the help of their friends, tools like these baskets increase their self-esteem and encourage a great environment for learning.
- They keep accessories intact and tidy
No more messy cable ties, or lack of plug sockets. With an iPad charging station you can charge multiple units using just one plug, and keep leads and cables safe inside the charging station housing cabinet. This not only reduces the likelihood of cables getting lost but provides a health and safety benefit for the user.
- They assist with classroom management
The seemingly simple task such as keeping order in the classroom generally accounts for 13% of all teachers’ time. So teachers need to find ways to channel their resources. Charging stations can take time away from tasks to do what teachers do best, teach!
- They help free up classroom storage space
Charging stations can help to store iPads in one place, reducing space needed for wires, plugs and other equipment that would need to be in one place. With compact or wall mountable designs, it provides extra space for additional desks or learning stations. Maximum efficiency, minimal space. Many are also fully portable so can be moved into other office areas and transported from classroom to classroom safely and efficiently.
- They encourage safe distribution to students
Some charging units have unique ways in which to distribute iPads within the classroom, such as the innovative basket design from LocknCharge. These allow deployment of up to 10 iPads in separate “mini” stations which mean there is less risk of damage through accidental error. They also have the added benefit of easy collection at the end of a project and can be carried outside or wherever necessary.
- They allow for learning outside of the classroom
Many charging stations are fully portable, meaning they can be stored outside the classroom and wheeled in when required. Or with specialized basket designs, some charging stations encourage portable learning outside of the classroom environment. With a battery that can last all day, and integration with iCloud you can work from anywhere and not be limited to just the classroom. Baskets allow students to transport iPads outdoors – on school trips, to the playground, conservation areas – wherever their imagination takes them!
For more information or to request a quote on suitable iPad charging stations, visit LocknCharge at www.lockncharge.com
Keolis Commuter Services operates and maintains Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Commuter rail system that services over 35 million passengers annually. Their vision for the company is to “Think Like a Passenger”, and with their new technology plans, they are certainly living up to their tagline.
In their previous ticket sales model, passengers had several options for purchasing tickets: at a ticket window inside the station, at a kiosk inside the station, through the app, or on the train with cash. Even with all of these methods, a major challenge they continued to face was that many commuters were not aware they couldn’t use a credit card on the train. This fall, the company made a forward-thinking decision to also accept onboard credit card payments.
“As we continue to find ways to improve our customers’ experience, this technology offers an additional, convenient way for the payment of fares,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. “The adoption of smart technology like this will help accelerate the fare transaction process through a system that is already familiar to many of our customers.”
In order to achieve the goal of accepting credit card payments on board their commuter trains, the first step was to begin putting mobile technology into the hands of their 450 train conductors. Step two was to standardize a process to manage their considerable technology investment: iPhones, credit card scanners and mobile ticket printers–three separate devices that each needed storage, charging and physical security.
As part of their mobile device policy, each conductor is responsible for his or her own devices–and to prevent loss, theft and the potential for uncharged devices slowing productivity during a shift, conductors needed access to a secure area to charge their devices during the day. In order to accommodate the number of outlets required to securely charge several devices at once, FUYL Tower Charging Lockers by LocknCharge were installed inside city hub employee rest areas. The small footprint of the FUYL Tower allows users to charge a greater number of devices in a small area–which was the case for Keolis.
The FUYL Tower features 15-individually lockable compartments, each compartment including both an AC and USB outlet. During a shift break, an employee can use a PIN number to access an individual locker where they can charge their iPhone, credit card reader and mobile ticket printer. If a conductor forgets their PIN number, the Keolis help desk has access to the FUYL Tower’s back-end management portal where they’re able to retrieve a PIN or open a locker remotely.
Only a few days after their device rollout, the IT Team at Keolis received extremely positive feedback from the train conductors and the passengers. Their thoughtful process of thoroughly training employees and deploying devices alongside a charging solution resulted in a seamless transition toward mobile credit card transactions.
Keolis has proven that their plan is achieving the intended goals, and they have seen an increase in customer satisfaction through this added convenience for commuters. They’re also able to easily track and report ridership data, which allows them to provide an even better customer experience for their customers.
To date, Keolis has rolled out mobile devices to over 85% of their conductors–and because of the flexibility and scalability of the FUYL Tower, Keolis is able to continue to roll out mobile devices at a thoughtful and sustainable pace until they reach their goal of 100%.
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