This a comprehensive list of classroom storage ideas for technology devices. Devices like iPads, earphones, and laptops are used so much in classrooms now that new ideas are being developed for easily storing them without taking up valuable space.
Examples of these new device storage units are locking cabinets for classroom cell phones, mobile laptop carts, and tablets charging hubs.
Some of the shelving ideas that I’m recommending are known to you but they are not typically used for anything to do with device storage. I’ll show you how these items can be repurposed as device storage hacks for your classroom.
Examples of these classroom device storage hacks are baking racks, pot lid storage racks, bamboo drying racks, classroom mailboxes, and desktop organizers.
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repurposed Classroom Storage Ideas for Technology Devices
Items that are typically found in a kitchen or office can be used in a classroom setting for storing devices. These items below are much cheaper device storage options for a teacher’s budget. Think of them as DIY storage ideas for the technology devices in your classroom.
Use mailbox sorters: This teacher stores her iPads in desktop mailbox sorters (#ad), and these sorters are kept in a lockable cupboard.
Use wooden drying racks: A cutting board drying rack like this large bamboo one (#ad) can hold up to eight chromebooks.
Bakeware racks: Use a bakeware rack organizer (#ad) as a charging station for laptops. You would first have to secure the racks to the shelf with zip ties or clips.
These Chromebooks are stored and charged on these bakeware racks. They are designed to hold weight and they keep the laptops upright.
Use wall space with hanging storage: Chromebooks can be stored in wall mounted organizers. They can be mounted close to a plug and be charged right there.
Store laptops in a desktop organizer: This is one the most affordable ways to store classroom laptops. Use a cheap metal desktop organizer that is strong enough to store laptops and other devices. The plug strip can be stowed away in one of the underneath compartments. Why spend a ton of money for multi-laptop stand when this organizer can serve your storage needs?
Store laptops in book bins: These book bins make up a charging station for Chromebooks!
Build laptop charging stations: Use milk crates, zip ties, and heavy-duty lid organizers (#ad) to build stations for storing and charging your screen devices. The teacher that created the unit in the picture above built four different ones and kept them at different points in the classroom to prevent ‘charging cart congestion’. The many holes in the milk crate allows for the cords to be bundled underneath it and not get in your way.
Use a wire frame vinyl record table cart for laptops: A vinyl record storage cart like this can store classroom laptops and Chromebooks at half the price of a regular laptop cart. The spacings between each wire rod is 1″ and the rods are quite thick to hold the laptops upright. The only thing it lacks are wheels, but it is still a good alternative to the expensive carts. Note: If your laptops are covered in cases, then they may not fit.
Use file sorter organizers: The first picture shows a double set of file sorter organizers (#ad) being used as an iPad docking station with a separate charging plug setup between them. The second picture above shows iPads being charged on a letter tray organizer with horizontal racks. There are also wall hanging letter organizers that can be used to store the phones and tablets on your classroom wall. See them being used in this blog post which has more ways for you to use wire framed letter tray organizers for classroom storage.
Store classroom tablets in a wire framed magazine rack: I love the minimalist design of these wire racks. Just slide in the tablets for storage or charging. Keep it near to a plug strip for easy charging. Note: You can also use this for laptops but if your laptops are covered in cases, then they may not fit through the rack slots.
Use bigger pocket charts for storing classroom headphones: Choose a pocket chart shape to suit the area that you want to them in. Long pocket charts can go over doors and cupboards, and shorter pocket charts can go under your whiteboard or on the side of your filing cabinet. See more earphone storage ideas in this blog post.
Store classroom tablets in a bookcase display stand: A wooden book stand? Yes! Think of it as a bigger version of the phone storage box sorters. The pits are deep enough to keep the tablets in place and it can hold 15 to 20 tablets. There is also a shorter stand that can be kept on a table or counter top.
Custom Classroom Storage Ideas for Technology Devices
These storage pieces were created specifically for storing classroom technology devices like cell phones, laptops, calculators, and tablets.
Use mobile carts on wheels: Use a cart that is very sturdy, like this one, to store and charge your Chromebooks or Kindles. All of the cords would be hidden at the back and zip tied into position for easy charging.
Use a charging organizer rack: This rack can be used for cell phones or laptops. It is one of the most cost effective options in this list. The slots are spacious enough for iPads with cases.
Store calculators in a phone sorter: This math teacher chose to use a phone sorter box to store her class calculators. She has a calculator sign-out sheet as a logging system to track the use of each calculator.
Use pocket charts for calculators and phones: You can use clear pocket charts to store phones or calculators. There are pocket charts available that have numbered pockets. This pre-labelled pocket chart makes it easy to keep track of each device. Just add number sticker labels to each calculator so that students can put them in their designated pockets.
General Tips for Classroom Storage OF Technology Devices
Use a numbering system for classroom devices: Use number stickers on your laptops to correspond with the numbers on their charging cords. It helps students to find the cords for their devices.
Keep cell phone stations close to the door: You can have a no-phone entrance policy for your students to enter the classroom after leaving their cell phones at the door. See how to implement this system in this blog post.
More ideas about classroom storage ideas for technology devices will be added as I find them. If you’ve discovered a new idea for device storage, I’d love for you to share about it in the comments. Teachers are the ones who innovate and think up the most creative solutions for their classrooms.
You can find more blog posts about charging and organizing storage for these classroom devices: Kindles, i-Pads, Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, cell phones, and earphones. Click on any device listed to take you to its blog post.
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