Classroom technology use results in a steady drop in charge, and serious battery drains result from gaming, video streaming, and Web browsing. Add after-school and personal use, and the possibility that devices didn’t start out fully charged, and the potential is there for any device to run out of power during the school day.
This loss of power causes anxiety for students. Recharging can also be a problem as most school buildings are older and lack sufficient power outlets for today’s demands. School districts therefore need to think through a complete power strategy, which can include items such as Bretford carts, stations and lockers.
“With 9,000 new Chromebooks coming into our schools ... managing the condition and safety of these computers became a primary concern.”
Director of Technology, VESD
VESD’s 21st Century skills training for media and technology, resulted in a need to incorporate laptops and fully become a 1:1 learning environment. As a result, more than 9,000 Chromebooks were purchased across the district, with an average of 29 devices per classroom.