LocknCharge donates teddy bears to local hospital

Date: 9 December 2019

Press Release from The Princess Alexandra Hospital

Company kindly donates teddy bears to bring a smile to children’s faces at local hospital this Christmas

A company has kindly donated more than 100 teddy bears to bring a smile to children’s faces at The Princess Alexandra Hospital this Christmas.

LocknCharge, a global mobile technology company which has offices in Harlow, gave the unused teddies from a recent promotion a new home when they visited the hospital on Thursday, 5 December.

Rod Blair, vice president and general manager of the company, (pictured, left) met with the Phoenix Ward team (pictured). He also met eight-year-old patient Freddie Whittick (pictured) and his family, from Ware, Hertfordshire.

The teddies will be given out to young patients over the festive period.

Fiona Lodge, head of children’s services and nursing, said: “We are so grateful to LocknCharge for donating a selection of teddies as presents for our patients.

“The teddies have already brought a smile to our young patients’ faces.”

Rod Blair, vice president and general manager of LocknCharge, added: “LocknCharge are delighted to support the amazing work carried out at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. We hope that these teddy bears can bring some smiles at this festive time.”


Notes to editors:

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995 and provides services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping. We have an annual income of around £236,700 million. We have 414 general and acute beds at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and provide a full range of general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We also provide outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping.

We employ around 3,500 staff and serve a local population of about 350,000 people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Epping. Our extended catchment area incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.

In October 2019, the Government announced that we are to receive funding to rebuild a new hospital in Harlow for our patients, community and people. The details around the funding and the timeframe are currently being finalised and we are completing our full business case for the new hospital.

For further information please telephone: 01279 827926 

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5 Tips to Guide Education Technology Investments

keyboard with "budget cuts" key.

For nearly a decade, government spending on education and education technology has been falling. In the UK, new figures show schoolchildren are “paying the price for austerity,” with funding slashed by more than £7bn since 2011. In the US, public investment in K-12 schools has also declined dramatically in many states. For the 2017/2018 school year, 12 states have cut funding by seven percent or more compared with 2008.

Schools that have succeeded over the years despite budget challenges and cutbacks have a commitment to a singular vision—giving students the best education. All education spending should be tracked back to this vision, especially classroom technology funding. With school budgets an ongoing issue, it’s critical to ensure that students benefit from every edtech investment. Follow these tips to determine if your school is making the best use of its technology funds.

Seek to Simplify

Teacher’s need tools that help streamline communication, make data collection quicker and increase their capacity to focus on individual students — all without additional effort. One significant benefit that technology gives teachers is the ability to personalize their lessons more easily. “Instead of carrying a group of students through the curriculum at the same speed, regardless of each individual student’s capacity, background, and engagement with each topic, new tools allow teachers to follow each student individually, and to approach lessons in a way that lets them help each one learn every topic in a comprehensive way,” writes Tomas Franceschein in Edu4.me.[1]

Invest in Sustainable, Scalable and Durable Technology

Avoid additional expenses by choosing solutions that can grow and adapt along with technological innovation. For example, while charging solutions may account for a significant portion of a school’s technology budget, your school will save time and costs if you don’t need to replace your charging solutions every time you roll out new mobile devices. We call this concept, “future-proof charging.” Future-proof charging solutions combine universal charging, open-concept designs and durable products to save schools money.

Calculate the Hidden Time Savings

How much is your staff’s time worth? By eliminating repetitive or mundane day-to-day duties, your teachers will get more control over how they use their class time and the knowledge that their time is valued. Research by Scholastic, Inc. shows that teachers spend up to 95 minutes per week grading papers and preparing classes. Apps and assessment software can reduce that time by automating the process of grading assignments.  Another time-saving tool is related to a solution for mobile device distribution. Baskets by LocknCharge allow teachers and students to quickly and safely distribute tablets or iPads, putting up to two weeks of class time back into the hands of teachers every year.

Don’t Neglect Your Infrastructure

To make the most out of your IT spend, work with technology service providers that will help guide the infrastructure needed to ensure a smooth technology deployment. Often infrastructure plays second fiddle to curriculum and budget, but in our experience, it plays a critical role in enabling a successful technology rollout.

Teach the Teachers

According to a UK and Ireland edition of the Promethean State of Technology in Education Report, “under 5% of teachers believe they receive full training and support on new school technologies.”[2] If we are going to give teachers extra responsibility of incorporating new technologies into the classroom, we need to provide them with additional support. Check out these three real-world ideas for effective practices to teach the teachers.

  • EdTech recommends, “Rather than demonstrating technology at offsite training sessions, let teachers try it themselves in their own classrooms, with appropriate support where needed.”[3]
  • Superintendent Darryl Adams of California championed a first-of-its-kind technology bond to fund iPads for each of the district’s students. Not only was a portion of the budget set aside for teacher training, but Adams claims the key was training teachers before the students received their devices.[4]
  • “Show, don’t tell,” recommends instructional tech director Monique Flickinger. “Our technology tech trainers create three-minute video podcasts that show teachers in action using the new technology at the front of their classrooms. We also include pictures of the lesson plan, rubrics and students’ work at the end and link it to the state standards so that new teachers can easily steal ideas.”[5]

Whether your school or business is deploying five mobile devices or 50,000 mobile devices, LocknCharge can help guide your investment to make sure you’re making the best use of your technology funds. Get in touch today!


[1] How Can Technology Help Empower Teachers – edu4me

[2] The State of Technology in Education Report – Promethean

[3] How stronger professional development can boost ed-tech success – EdTech

[4] Darryl Adams Got iPads, Wi-Fi for Every Student in High-Needs Calif. District –THE 74

[5] Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology – edutopia

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3 Creative School Districts Say “No” to the Status Quo

Time To Disrupt

From Henry Ford pioneering automotive mass production to Steve Jobs revolutionizing mobile technology, entrepreneurs are famous for disrupting the status quo. But they aren’t the only ones who understand that not settling for the standard approach can be the key to problem solving. Some educational organizations also transcend the status quo by integrating technology and education, hiring innovative people, encouraging creative thinking, and continually adapting. These three innovative school districts are proof that when educators shake up traditional models of distributing homework, deploying technology, and delivering curriculum, students succeed.

Using Curriculum to Guide Technology Deployment

As the Director of Instructional Technology for Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma, Charri Stratton understands the variety of challenges administrators face when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom. To tackle these challenges, Putnam City Schools puts curriculum at the forefront of its technology deployment. Stratton elaborates, “We thought about why we wanted to put iPads in the hands of kids, how that would affect their learning, and letting that guide us in our deployment.”

When assessing if technology can provide a better model to the practice of assigning traditional homework, they start by asking four questions:

  1. What is the quality of the assignments?
  2. What is the quality of the adult help that our students have at home?
  3. What was the quantity of homework?
  4. And finally, do we want to send home mobile devices?

They discovered that the answers differ for each grade level. While there are advantages of sending home smart classroom devices such as improving the speed of feedback, it was decided not to send the devices home for elementary and middle school students. As they go to 1-to-1 in Putnam City high schools, they will be revisiting this topic because homework looks very different at that level. “It’s the role of the curriculum to make sure the device is used in a way that benefits students the most in the long run,” explains Stratton. “This approach allows us to make the best choices for our students based not only on our district’s finances, but also based on the curriculum and our student needs, and our students’ home lives.”

Learn more about how you can easily charge, store and secure 8 or 16 iPad devices with Putnam™ Charging Stations.

First-of-its-kind Funding Initiative Helps Prepare Students for Life after High School

As a recipient of the presidential Top 100 Innovative Superintendents award, Dr. Darryl Adams is known for developing ideas to disrupt not only the status quo but also a failing system. This former Superintendent of Coachella Valley Unified School District in California knew something had to be done to address the district’s low graduation rate and to better prepare students for college and future careers.

The challenge was to find a creative way to fund an investment in the future of Coachella Valley students in one of the poorest school districts in the United States. The first step was to champion a first-of-its-kind $42 million technology bond, which received overwhelming voter approval.

Next, a teacher training program was launched, and an iPad was handed out for each of the 18,000 students. But the initiative didn’t stop there. Since the superintendent wanted a 24/7 learning opportunity, a creative solution was required because less than half of the students had an internet connection at home. So he installed Wi-Fi on school buses so the kids could get online while going home or traveling to athletic events. Lastly, he arranged to park the buses in high-density areas in the evening — throughout the district’s 1,250 square miles — to keep connectivity live until late into the night.

Watch the video on how one of the poorest districts in the United States leveraged LocknCharge EVO 40 iPad Cart to deploy over 20,000 iPad devices.

A New Approach Prepares Students for a Changing Workforce

Working in collaboration with the community, local industry, and the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Cherry Creek School District set out to expand the career and technical programs that were available to students at the district’s seven high schools. In a country where the majority of high schools are focused on getting students ready for a four-year degree, the new Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC) opened its doors in 2019 to not just prepare students for a degree but also a career.

According to the CCIC website, it is a stand-alone college and career preparedness facility accessible for high school students in the Cherry Creek School District. Courses at the CCIC align with the industry standards for seven in-demand and growing career Pathways: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Health & Wellness, Hospitality & Tourism, Infrastructure Engineering, IT & STEAM, and Transportation.

With a curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trade certifications, instructors believe they have everything they need to prepare students for the 21st-century economy. “From the first day of planning, we worked alongside industry partners to develop curriculum and instruction for every pathway. Because of this intentional collaboration, students are immersed in experiences based on industry expectations and real-world applications,” CCSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Career and Innovation, Sarah Grobbel said in a recent spaces4learning article.

Read more about how the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus opens new directions for students whose post-high school plans include college, military, or entering the workforce right away.

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