5 Smart Investments for Your End-of-Year Budget

With the unknown economic impact of schools closing, it's more important than ever to invest in technology that will enhance student learning outcomes, give a positive return on investment, and increase efficiency. If your school has a strict "use it or lose it" end of year budget spending policy, whereby all funds must be used by the last day of school, here are a few future-proof technology ideas for smart investments that will make the best use of limited resources.

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1. Future-Proof Technology

Most technology in schools is replaced every 3-5 years. Thinking bigger upfront can have a significant impact on technology budgets and employees' time in the future. Take a lesson from the 88% of schools that added unnecessary costs to their mobile device deployment by purchasing charging solutions that were not future-proof. Instead, invest in charging solutions that combine universal charging, open-concept designs and durable products.

"Future-proof" doesn't mean something will last forever, but that it will not quickly become obsolete. Imagine the costs and time your district would save if you don't need to replace your charging solutions every time you roll out new mobile devices. Save significant time and money with a product that has continued value in the distant future because it will not need to be updated as mobile technology advances.

2. Low-Cost Solutions for Modernization

iPads and laptops enhance student learning, but millions of classroom devices are losing their charge throughout schools every day. The obvious solution is to plug those devices into an outlet when they're in need of recharging. However, it's not likely that there's an available outlet for each student, not to mention one for teachers, aides, and other support staff. In addition to outlets being hard to come by, they don't protect against breakage or theft.

Consider investing in technologies that modernize your school's infrastructure and enhance student learning without costly facility upgrades. For example, the Putnam 18-C base charging station eliminates the need for the added expense of installing new outlets. With the optional pedestal for the Putnam 18-C Tower, you can charge, store and secure up to 36 Chromebook, small laptop or tablet devices in two stacked charging stations with one single outlet plug.

3. Security Improvements

Did you know that every lost mobile device can cost your organization $50,000 in lost productivity, downtime, support and management? A smart end-of-year budget investment is one that protects against data security breaches, costly device deployment setbacks and inefficient employee downtime.

Implementing durable, secure charging stations will protect devices and the data that's on them. Not to mention decrease costs. A centralized point of secure charging helps schools provide a repository for tablets and laptops, reducing breakage and loss as well as provide protection for data, so it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

4. Time-Saving Tools

Whether you're talking textbooks or technology, chances are if you don't have a plan for distribution, your investment will sit unused and wasted. With limited educational resources, a smart investment also includes a strategy to deliver and disperse valuable tools and resources to the people who need them most. Ideally, your plan for distribution should support teachers by saving them valuable classroom time

One cabinet-style cart can gobble up an additional 70+ hours of class time per year, simply in passing out and collecting devices. Our unique and innovative basket designs reduce the time spent by teachers in distributing devices, as well as the time spent by children queuing up to put them away. This means teaching can happen faster — saving over two weeks of instructional time per cart each year!

5. Teacher Training

Less than 17% of teachers believe that they receive adequate training and support when it comes to educational technologies.[i] Setting aside a portion of your budget for educating the educators is vital to ensure your edtech investments are worthwhile. Without training, your new technology initiative will fall short and not reach its full potential. The best support for teachers demonstrates tools which allow them to perform aspects of their jobs more effectively with technology than without it.

In these uncertain times, we're here to help. Our team remains committed to assisting you in minimizing disruption and maximizing your budget. We are fully stocked and ready to ship. If you're in the US, you can now buy from directly Amazon, check out our selection of products. Outside of the US, contact us for more information.

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Zero-touch disinfection of mobile devices in 30 seconds

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It’s well known that mobile devices are dirty. Our hands come in contact with germs on the many surfaces they touch, which we then transfer to our phones. Think about this the next time you send a text; your phone may be contaminated with streptococcus, MRSA, E. coli and more. These and many other harmful organisms have all been found lurking on what microbiologists often refer to as Petri dishes of bacteria.[i] Unfortunately, it seems that nobody's device is immune. While widely recognized for maintaining good hand hygiene, even healthcare professionals are just like the rest of us when it comes to keeping devices clean.

From nursing students to on-call doctors, numerous studies show that a high percentage of healthcare professionals carry mobile phones and tablets contaminated with both pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms. [ii] However, only a small percentage are taking the time to disinfect these reservoirs of bacteria regularly. As mobile devices are now used by approximately 90% of health care workers during the workday, concerns have risen that microorganisms can easily and quickly contaminate devices from the hospital environment, patients and medical devices.[iii], [iv]

These findings emphasize the importance of good hygiene practices in mobile device usage among healthcare workers. Through routine disinfection practices, the potential threat posed by contaminated devices can be significantly reduced. So how do you get busy medical specialists to change their daily behavior and improve their mobile device disinfecting practices? To be effective, traditional wipes can take upwards of three minutes to disinfect. Not to mention the risk that it will degrade your screen over time. Perhaps that’s why the majority of healthcare workers never clean their mobile phones. Hygiene compliance is much more likely if it’s simple, convenient and visible, along with being effective. That’s where UVone can help.

Disinfect mobile devices in 30 seconds with UVone

Touchless Operation

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Microorganisms from the hospital environment can easily and quickly contaminate mobile phones of healthcare staff. With UVone, they can just as easily and quickly be decontaminated to limit the risk of HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) using uv light.

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Effective

UVone disinfects to a 5-log kill, reducing the colony to 10 MRSA bacterium after a 99.999% reduction.* With touchless sensors, users never physically touch the station, reducing cross-contamination. UVone uv light sterilizer disinfects in just 30 seconds, that’s six times faster than traditional wipes. UV-C disinfection is also more reliable and efficient than wipes—plus, it does not degrade the integrity of devices over time.

*LocknCharge's kill rate claims are based on data conducted by an accredited, GLP compliant, BSL-2 laboratory. Kill rate claims for MRSA at a 5-log kill or 99.999% are based on final GLP testing. Kill rate claims for C. Diff are at a 4-log kill or 99.997% in 60 seconds and a 3-log kill or 99.9% in 30 seconds. C. Diff results are based on final GLP testing. Real world results may vary. Testing data available upon request.

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Simple

Device sanitization for healthcare workers continues to be an ongoing issue for hospitals trying to reduce the spread of HAIs. UVone is specifically designed for quickness and ease of use, encouraging busy healthcare professionals to change their daily behavior, thus increasing hygiene compliance long term.

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Convenient and Visible

UVone seamlessly integrates into any environment or workflow, allowing hospitals to install or transport the station outside of operating rooms, patient rooms, nurses’ stations, or any other location that is most convenient and visible for compliance. Optional accessories include a table stand, wall mount or a cart with wheels for easy portability–all include a VESA-compatible mounting plate. A stand-alone mounting plate is also available. (Accessories sold separately).

UVone is a uv-c disinfection unit that is compatible with almost any mobile device, with or without a case and can disinfect up to three smaller devices at one time. Most healthcare-associated infections are transmitted by physical contact, so UVone offers a touchless, motion-activated door so that users never physically touch the station, preventing cross-contamination. Discover the unique advantages that UVone offers to improve patient care.

Powerful enough for healthcare, perfect for all industries.

UV disinfection for mobile devices goes well beyond healthcare facilities. Consider the last time you properly sanitized your device. UVone provides assurance that your device is 99.999% bacteria free. UVone helps mitigate the spread of viral bacteria anywhere devices are being used or shared.

Thinking beyond sanitization

LocknCharge offers a complete suite of solutions for mobile device charging, storage and security. Easily pair UVone with the LocknCharge charging station or charging locker that works best for you to ensure devices are reliably sanitized, charged, and ready for use at all times.

Putnam 8 or 16 Charging Station

Putnam™ Charging Stations easily charge, store and secure 8 or 16 iPad, phone or tablet devices.

The use of institution-owned mobile devices in hospitals is growing at an exponential rate. These mobile device initiatives include a variety of use cases, such as giving iPhones to nurses and doctors to facilitate better communication, providing patients with iPads for entertainment, and leveraging iPads at registration. With healthcare becoming dependent on mobile devices, it’s more important now than ever to have devices fully charged and ready to use at all times.

LocknCharge Putnam Charging Stations charge, store, secure and streamline workflow for mobile device deployments of any size. Seamlessly integrate mobile devices into your workflow with these nifty little charging stations. At a quick glance, the external lights allow you to know which devices are available for use. A centralized point of charging ensures that devices are always put back where they came from—and that they’re always charged and ready to go.

FUYL Tower 5 or 15

FUYL Tower™ Intelligent Asset Management System™ to charge, store, secure and manage assets for most mobile devices in 5 or 15 individually lockable compartments.

If you’re looking for a way to make sure your staff are reliably equipped day and night, the FUYL Tower offers a 24/7 solution. An easy-to-use digital keypad and prompts let your staff help themselves to an assigned, fully-charged laptop or device. This ease of access makes life easier for both employees and the IT workers responsible for device distribution.

Hospitals must be extremely diligent in protecting patient information. With the proliferation of mobile devices, the need to protect these devices is more critical than ever. The tower also serves an important secondary purpose as secure overnight storage for healthcare staff and providers who don’t have their own locking cabinets for laptops or other mobile devices. The small footprint of the charging unit, it can be deployed wherever staff members start their shifts, making device pickup quick and easy. Read how Erie County Medical Center is leading the way for medical mobile device deployments by protecting data and devices with FUYL Towers.

Mobile devices make hospitals run safer, faster and improve patient satisfaction scores. If you use multiple mobile devices in your establishment, we can help keep them sanitized, secure, and charged up for the critical times that your staff needs them. Learn more about UVone, the LocknCharge mobile device disinfection solution.

*The kill rate claims are based on preliminary data only conducted by 3rd party lab. GLP test data will be available by June 2020. Preliminary test data is available upon request.

[i] Your Cell Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat. Here's What to Do About It – Time

[ii] Resistant Bacteria Abundant on Nursing Students' Cell Phones – MedPage Today

[iii] What's Living on Your Cellphone? Prevalence of Bacterial Contamination of Health Care Worker's Mobile Devices and Recommendations for Change as Related to Nursing Practice. Alpenglow – Binghamton University Undergraduate Journal of Research and Creative Activity, 4(1)

[iv] Bacterial contamination of mobile phones of health professionals in Eastern Ethiopia: antimicrobial susceptibility and associated factors – Tropical Medicine and Health

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