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The Chromebook equation in education…

Chromebooks already have a very enticing value proposition and robust suite of education tools and applications, so how do they fit into your school and classroom usage models? An often overlooked budget item in 1:1 roll-outs is the necessity of charging stations.

DM12-1005-inuse1_smHere are a few things to consider in choosing a charging station that is safe and flexible for your needs:

  • Classroom Set – Chromebooks that are assigned to a particular classroom are best charged, stored and secured in a charging cart that stays in that classroom.  The devices can be charged a little at a time throughout the day during times of non-use, and at night can be fully charged for the next day.
  • Shared Resource – A mobile charging cart is the best form factor for rolling a shared set of Chromebooks from room to room and around the school.  The overall weight and ease of mobility will be important for your teachers and staff.
  • 1:1 Take Home – Like a sharpened #2 pencil, students don’t always come to class prepared with a charged Chromebook.  To manage these situations, consider mounting a smaller charging station onto the classroom wall, or in a nearby commons place where students or teachers can charge a few Chromebooks at a time.
  • Media Resource Center – Wall-mounted charging stations also work well in the modern library, as they hold a smaller number of Chromebooks and do not occupy valuable floor space.

Once you determine your charging needs, use this comparative matrix to see the differences between Ergotron carts.

If you are planning on attending ISTE in Atlanta at the end of the month, look for us in booth #3326! We’ll have many of the charging systems available for hands on exploration. Until then, in my next post we’ll explore iPads! Stay tuned.

Bob Hill, Global Education Manager @ Ergotron

Manage your devices—like a tablet tango

Ergotron Tablet Management Station 16That’s how you’ll be handling your devices with the Tablet Management Station 16. Just line ‘em up and watch this tablet-mastermind go to work with rhythm and pizzazz.

This coordinated piece of hardware gets along with nearly every tablet on the dance floor, using wired USB connections—whether it’s an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, an Amazon Kindle, or an e-reader.

Similar to a dance instructor, the Tablet Management Station 16 can also choreograph up to 16 devices to a digitally synced-up and charged-up formation. No, they don’t actually dance, but you’ll be tempted to tango with all the time you’ve saved, thanks to your new friend. Aren’t you happy we introduced you two?

DM16-1003-inuse2Both compact and versatile, the Tablet Management Station 16 is affordably priced (MSRP US$599) and easy-to-use right out of the box. The sleek space-saving tower sets up easily on a table, a counter top  or a desk.

Simply store it out of the way when the job is done. The Tablet Management Station 16 won’t leave you guessing as its Individual Status Indicator (ISI) LEDs shines an amber light while charging…and gives you the green light when it’s go time. 

 

DM16-1003-usbQuality Traits:

  • Charge and Sync up to 16 devices at one time
  • Entire system fully certified to UL 60950-1 standard
  • Universal compatibility for Apple and Android devices, such as iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle
  • Full 2.1A charging capability provided to all 16 ports simultaneously
  • Station automatically adjusts to provide the correct amount of power required by the tablet
  • Master laptop connects to station using included USB A to B cable 

This product might not get you ready for a stint on Dancing with the Stars, but as a partner in ready-to-use tablets and devices for critical business initiatives? It takes top billing.