This week, I will be sharing some tips to help teachers start the year well with classroom technology. In this Blog, I share some advice about storage.
"....as the children started arriving, I realised I had no place for their computers. They ended up in a pile on my reading table. Later that day, a child went to pull his laptop out of the pile and several computers slid off onto the floor. Two broken screens later, I wish I had given it some more thought..."
- Melissa (Year 4 Teacher
When you suddenly have 30 student devices, finding a way to store them can be a nightmare - sometimes an expensive nightmare. My favourite solutions are cubby style shelves or pigeon holes, but these can go into the hundreds of dollars for a professionally constructed piece. Fortunately, frugal teachers everywhere are developing clever ways to store student devices. Check out a collection of ideas I have gathered on Pinterest here. Don’t underestimate the humble plastic crate or magazine rack either. Just because it isn’t an overly fancy solution doesn’t mean it won’t work. As long as students can access their device easily and it keeps them all safe, you are onto a winner. Avoid stacking devices or allowing children to keep them in their desks. Even though it may seem like a no brainer, don’t store the class devices next to the water bottles.....yeah, it has happened...
There is more to classroom technology storage than students’ devices. Headphones, USB sticks, styluses, mice and other peripherals may round out what the children use each day. Can they also go into a cubby or tray? Or could they be hung on hooks? Regardless of how you decide to store these smaller items.... label...label...label! It can be a nightmare trying to work out who a USB belongs to and the sharing of earbuds is just not hygienic.