Are you looking for tablet storage tips for classrooms? Many school districts demand that teachers store classroom tablets in a cart, but they do not actually prove any carts for these classrooms. Teachers can find creative ways to build DIY carts for their tech devices. Teachers use regular roller carts or trolley carts, and use cable ties to attach storage racks to them for holding the tablets vertically and side by side. For the storage racks, teachers use wooden kitchen (pot lid storage types), and wire framed file organizers. Once you have your tablets loaded in your storage cart, there are ways to organize the tablets for orderly checking in and out by your students.
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Tablet Storage Tips for Classrooms
Here are some tablet storage tips for classrooms. The most affordable tablet storage and charging stations are at the bottom of this list.
AC classroom charging station: This tablet charging station is used with a 10 port USB hub which is put it inside the unit, then plugged it into the power strip. This was done so that all 10 tablets can charge on the unit with only one plug into the power strip. This helps with cable management and leaves more room in the charging station so you don’t have to see many cords filling up the station.
A wall/desk charging box: This charging box is for tablets up to 10″ and their chargers. It is best to Velcro the cords to the top inside of the charging station. This helps with clutter inside the unit and it makes it easier to take out the tablets. The teacher used number stickers to match the tablets to the numbers on their charging cords.
Prevent overcharging with a light-up dock: To save the battery life of your classroom tablets, make sure that your students do not keep them plugged in for too long. This charging dock lights up as long as it is plugged in. It illuminates blue so you can quickly see if it’s been unplugged and it doesn’t take up much space.
Color code your tablets: Use colored tablet cases to match charging cords for an easy color coded storage system. Colored tape is a cheaper alternative, just put matching tape colors and paired up tablets and cords. If you are looking for a good charging port hub for your tablet charging station, this free standing hub has six vertically stacked ports.
Make a large DIY tablet charging cart: If you have an empty metal bookshelf, you can add multiple metal file organizer racks for storing your classroom tablets in them. This is a good option for a large class with many tablets to be accessed. The spacings are wide enough to fit tablets that have bulky cases or even chromebooks in cases.
Use cheap sorting racks for storing tablets: The cheapest way to store and charge your classroom tablets is to use storage racks that are designed for storing office files and for storing dish plates. These can be made of plastic, metal or wood. See more of these kinds of storage options for both tablets and laptops that are the most affordable for teachers, in this blog post.
Use chorter charging cables: Purchase shorter cables for your tablets so that you would have less cables bundling up around your charging station,
Use color coding: Color code your tablets for each student to easily find their device. Use colorful cases with matching cords, or use color coded stickers on the tablets, ports, and cords.
I hope this post has helped you find some tablet storage tips for classrooms that you can use. If you need tips for storing other technology devices, like classroom laptops and headphones, I have put together different storage and organization ideas in this blog post.
More ideas for how to store students’ tablets in the classroom will be added as I find them. If you’ve discovered a new idea for classroom tablet 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, Fire Tablets, i-Pads, Chromebooks, cell phones, laptops, and earphones. Click on any device listed to take you to its blog post.
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