Magazine article District Administration

Easing Device Management with Aesthetically Pleasing Wall-Mounted Charging Towers: Classrooms in Missouri Schools Use Powergistics Towers for Convenient Storage of 1 -to-1 Technology

Magazine article District Administration

Easing Device Management with Aesthetically Pleasing Wall-Mounted Charging Towers: Classrooms in Missouri Schools Use Powergistics Towers for Convenient Storage of 1 -to-1 Technology

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An in-school Chromebook 1 -to-1 program allows the 3,500 students of Confluence Academy Charter Schools in Saint Louis--only 6 percent of whom have internet access at home--to have access to more personalized learning. When Mary Dotson, instructional technology coordinator, began planning in spring 2014 for the initial rollout, she knew she needed a practical solution for storing the devices in the classrooms.

"I knew I wanted something that was not big and bulky like a traditional laptop cart," says Dotson. "When you walk into a room and see a giant metal cart, it does not make you feel like 'something different is here.' It is not modern or appealing to kids."

Sleek with clear organization

After considering a few options, Dotson selected the PowerGistics wall mount towers. The vertical towers each hold eight, 12, 16 or 18 devices and their corresponding chargers. The plug surge bar tucked in the back of the tower is protected from potential damage, but allows students to easily plug in their devices. Cables are neatly separated to prevent tangling by specially cut shelves that hold the devices laying flat. This lay-flat design is safer than vertical storage, and reduces damaged-device replacement costs for schools. Confluence Academy started with 15 towers in 15 1-to-1 classrooms in August 2014. By fall 2016, all students third grade and up received an assigned Chromebook. The schools have grown to 118 towers in two years.

"The footprint of each of the towers is minimal--essentially a square foot on the floor," says Dotson. …

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