Today’s teaching and learning activities require digital tools. Ensuring that all mobile devices are charged and ready to go for each day’s learning activities requires a systematic storage and charging solution. Does your district use best practices to ensure there is no down time for students and teachers?
19.01.17 in News
A tech coordinator’s perspective on disruption, re-design, and technology’s role in education.
GUEST COLUMN | by Paul Hieronymus
The modern classroom has undergone dramatic changes over the past few years. Technology has disrupted our notions of how we design our schools and best deliver our curriculum to our students. As the Coordinator of Technology and Communication at the Lakewood City Schools in Ohio, I experienced my school district respond to these changes firsthand.
In 2014, we adopted a 10-year plan that would see all of our schools either rebuilt or renovated to better educate and prepare our students. One of the major focuses of this $100 million remodel was the role that technology would play in our classrooms.
One of the major focuses of this $100 million remodel was the role that technology would play in our classrooms.
Instead of having computer labs where students would go to use technology, we wanted to bring devices directly into our classrooms. Our aim was to create a learning environment where the students could be collaborative while preparing for an increased emphasis on online testing. The remodeling included tearing down three of our seven elementary schools placing them in transitional buildings. Space was an issue in the locations making computer labs a challenge. To effortlessly move the devices around the temporary classrooms and schools, we introduced LocknCharge carts, which then followed us to the new buildings once they opened. We were so pleased with this model that we dismantled our old computer labs in our existing buildings and converted them to mobile labs using the carts.
The carts allowed our educators to move the devices into the temporary buildings and between classrooms during the construction process. Now that we are settled into our new buildings, the carts allow our educators to share devices between classrooms.
We introduced iPads in a 1:3 ratio for grades K-2 and then shifted the students to Chromebooks for grades 2-5 at the same ratio. Second grade is designed to be a buffer year for the students to transition from a tactical learning environment with the iPads to a keyboard-learning environment with the Chromebooks.
With the 1:3 ratio, students are more likely to collaborate as they share the devices, which is why we are not currently trying to establish a 1:1 ratio in our elementary schools. We want to avoid the devices becoming a worksheet on a screen where the students are doing the same things as before, but just on a screen. By combining the use of devices and doing assignments by hand with paper, our goal is to create a learning environment that closely resembles the real-world.
After the two years of construction, we were able to bring the technology into our new, modern classrooms with great success. Our staff and students have become comfortable with the use of the devices and the administration has seen interest in them over the course of the project from the staff, students and their parents.
Our school district consists of approximately 5,200 students from 32 countries with five percent of those students being refugees and eight percent being English language learners. The mobile devices have provided an extra benefit to those students as they can utilize Rosetta Stone and translate extension applications to have materials translated for them as well as translate questions and answers between them and the educators.
Our parents understand the relevance of technology in today’s world so we have seen great responses from them. The students are immersed in this world of technology already so it is important that we have adapted to meet this need. Younger students know that their exposure to technology is only going to increase because we shift to a 1:1 ratio in middle school and high school.
Our school district was presented with a rare opportunity to embrace emerging technology while revamping our classrooms. With mobile devices, we have been able to create mobile device-friendly learning environments that help us cater our instruction to our students’ needs and better prepare them for what’s ahead.
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12.10.16 in News
Texas district to be able to store 54,000 mobile devices using over 1,800 LocknCharge carts
Research conducted by Project Tomorrow indicates that mobile devices increase student engagement, student-teacher communications and access to course materials outside of the classroom. To reap these benefits, Arlington Independent School District (AISD) in Texas is introducing more than 1,800 Carrier 30 Carts from LocknCharge to have the capacity to hold more than 54,000 Chromebooks. With these carts, AISD staff can store, charge and protect the mobile devices—making it easier to implement digital learning initiatives.
Using a $663.1 million bond package, AISD is providing Chromebooks to its 76 schools with the goal of having a Carrier 30 cart for every two classrooms.
Each cart holds 30 devices that will be used to accelerate web-based learning environments, address online testing needs and boost student performance.
“The introduction of Chromebooks into the learning process has been a cost effective way for our learners to obtain access to resources that enhance their overall learning experience. It has also provided an effective solution to address online testing needs across a system as large as Arlington ISD,” said Chad Branum, assistant superintendent for technology at AISD. “The district is excited to partner with LocknCharge to provide flexibility within the instructional environment by being able to easily move devices around, guarantee that all devices are being charged efficiently and simplify the distribution of devices using the baskets in the carts.”
AISD has 63,000 students, 8,500 staff members and is the 11th largest school district in Texas.
“Educators at AISD are taking new, exciting steps to provide students with the latest classroom technology as a vehicle to initiate mobile learning,” said James Symons, CEO for LocknCharge. “Our LocknCharge mobile device carts will make this process smoother for teachers and students across the district, and will protect, charge and help distribute their devices for years to come.”
The universal Carrier 30 Carts feature a compact design, single soft-closing sliding lid, secure two-point locking system and simultaneously charge up to 30 devices. To learn more, visit https://www.lockncharge.com/products/carrier-30-cart.