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DIY Time Saving Methods for Mass Enrolling Chromebooks

Posted by The Cart Guru on Aug 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Time to roll-out new Chromebook devices? Before setting your students loose with their devices, the Chromebooks must be enrolled into your school’s domain in order for administrative policies to be set and enforced. Fortunately, for those of you facing the task of mass enrollment, there are automated solutions available that will make the job easier.

Cheaper than your traditional outsourced “white glove service” where you pay a fortune for enrollment per device, current innovations allow you to still do it yourself—but with less of the hassle. These modern “white glove” solutions not only bypass the need to manually enroll each device, but are customizable and save your IT department valuable time too! Keep reading to learn about some Chromebook enrollment options that are at your disposal.

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Tags: Mobile Technology Planning, Mobile Device Management, EdTech, 1:1 Technology Programs

Why Your School Needs 1:1, BYOD Charging Lockers

Posted by The Cart Guru on Apr 24, 2017 1:44:37 PM

As more schools move toward BYOD and 1:1 technology programs, there is a growing need for charging
lockers. These are small lockers that allow students and teachers to secure their individual device while it charges. Each compartment typically has a keypad, which the user would create a new numerical code for each time it is used.

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Tags: Mobile Technology Planning, EdTech, BYOD Technology Programs, 1:1 Technology Programs

Peer Ideas to Spark Technology Integration in Your Classroom

Posted by The Cart Guru on Feb 17, 2017 10:38:41 AM

Effectively integrating technology into the curriculum can be a challenge. One of the best new avenues that addresses this issue comes in the form of blogs written by fellow educators sharing their ideas. Whether you are trying to introduce tablets or Chromebooks to students or just looking for new ideas that utilize your pre-existing classroom mobile devices and technology, blogs offer a breadth of information for you and your students. Sifting through resources online can be time consuming, but here are several blogs that are a must-read for creative ideas on making the most of available classroom technology.

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Tags: Mobile Technology Planning, Mobile Devices, EdTech

How Much Security is Really Needed for Educational Technology?

Posted by The Cart Guru on Jan 27, 2017 4:49:56 PM

As laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices enter the classroom, school districts face an ever-increasing challenge of managing their technology. Some of the biggest inevitable problems to face will be the theft or damage of the technology. There are a number of methods for curbing these losses, but realistically, some methods are better than others.

An obvious solution to this problem would be to purchase a notebook security cart with vault-like security, insurance for each device, and extended warranties. While this plan seems thorough enough, additional security measures are often an expense that can send your budget through the roof. The ideal plan for security takes into account the cost of each device and the risk of loss to evaluate which precautions make the most sense.  

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Tags: Mobile Technology Planning, Mobile Devices, EdTech

The Worst Ways to Cut Corners on Charging Solutions

Posted by The Cart Guru on Dec 16, 2016 3:59:03 PM

Thoughtful tech administrators are always looking for ways to improve the learning of students while stretching their budgets and saving as much money for taxpayers as possible. As tablets and Chromebooks modernize classroom after classroom, educators find new ways to cut costs, giving students better resources. On the surface, these methods of saving money appear to help everyone, but always beware of hidden, costly pitfalls. From our experiences, some strategies for saving money are better than others and every outcome must be considered if you want to raise the ROI on your technological investment.

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Tags: Charging Mobile Devices

Battery Life Myths That Matter for Schools

Posted by The Cart Guru on Nov 23, 2016 11:31:52 AM

When the lithium ion battery became the new standard for mobile devices, a technological leap was made. Laptops, notebooks, and even Chromebooks and tablets can now operate much longer and with less upkeep than devices that used the older, nickel-based rechargeable battery. Although they are no longer used, guidelines for prolonging the battery life of devices utilizing nickel-based batteries have persisted. This has lead to a variety of mixed information and "myths" around the best methods to prolong the lifespan of device batteries. Read below to find the facts on some of these myths that most effect school technology programs.

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Tags: Chromebook, Charging Mobile Devices, Mobile Devices

6 Inspiring "Maker Project" Resources To Jump-start Your Curriculum

Posted by The Cart Guru on Oct 21, 2016 11:08:27 AM

Over the past decade, makerspaces have been one of the most innovative trends to emerge in modern pedagogy. Inspired by DIY hackspaces and alternative schools, makerspaces teach skills and technology outside of a traditional academic curriculum. Educators have taken note and created makerspaces to fit their curriculum. These programs have seen significant success, as teachers have taken the ethos and adapted it for their classroom as after-school programs or as part of the general syllabus.

The keystones of each makerspace are the maker projects, the core tasks that drive the learning outcomes. These projects are wide ranging and can include any skill, from woodworking to computer programming. Maker projects are often one of the first factors to consider when deciding to incorporate a makerspace in your classroom. The projects determine the direction of the curriculum and affect your teaching styles within the space. Luckily, there are many resources available to those who wish to start a makerspace and find inspiration for maker projects.

 

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Tags: EdTech

3 Steps to Extend the Lifespan of Your Charging Cart

Posted by The Cart Guru on Sep 23, 2016 2:33:37 PM

Technology charging carts can be a considerable, but necessary investment. Taking steps to prolong the lifespan of this investment could save your institution thousands of dollars and leave more money in the budget for other much needed technology upgrades. By initially buying a good model, refurbishing and replacing parts as needed and implementing proper usage techniques, your mobile technology cart is guaranteed to last well into the future. By being aware of what qualities to look for in a cart, your organization will see results for years to come.

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Tags: Choosing Mobile Carts, Mobile Technology Planning, EdTech

Do I really need a Chromebook Cart?

Posted by The Cart Guru on Aug 19, 2016 10:48:16 AM

A technological shift is underway across classrooms throughout the United States. Many school districts have begun adding Google Chromebooks into their device landscape. Google’s apps for education and the affordable price of each device make this option very attractive, but the low price of the devices leaves some wondering whether they can justify the cost of purchasing Chromebook carts to charge and secure the devices. Some schools are hesitant to purchase charging carts that can accommodate Chromebooks, as they view these carts simply as a power source. 

While each education environment is different, security, charging capability, safety, mobility and even cable management should be at the forefront when deciding on whether or not to purchase Chromebook charging carts. When weighing the associated risks and also the relative longevity of a DIY solution, you may find that the materials and labor associated with putting together a truly effective, safe, secure charging and storage solution may be comparable to the cost of a mobile classroom cart. Consider the following before deciding to forego Chromebook charging carts entirely. 

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Tags: Chromebook, Choosing Mobile Carts, Mobile Technology Planning, EdTech

Horizontal vs Vertical Mobile Device Storage

Posted by The Cart Guru on Jul 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

The day has come to purchase a storage and charging cart for your workplace or school, but the variety of carts on the market can seem overwhelming. Choosing the right one will prevent headaches down the road and save your institution money in the long run. Charging carts commonly store devices in either a vertical or horizontal orientation. Deciding which design is most appropriate is one of the first decisions to be made. Below I will weigh the pros and cons of each and offer some insights to help you make this choice.

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Tags: Choosing Mobile Carts