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One Cart To Rule Them All? We Think So

Ergotron Zip40 Carts and Zip12 Desktop Cabinet

Meet our newest charging systems family! Ergotron’s Zip40 Charging Cart, Zip40 Charging and Management Cart, and Zip12 Charging Desktop Cabinet all share a universal desire to keep your tablet, Chromebook™, Ultrabook™, MacBook® and laptop devices−individually or in any combination−secure, protected and charged.

Adjustable dividers gives you flexibility in which devices you charge together. You can move or remove dividers as needed to create your own custom-size spaces:

  • For Carts: 40-unit capacity with 1.1ʺ-wide (28 mm) slots and partial shelf for extra storage—ideal for tablets, Chromebooks and Ultrabooks; 30-unit capacity with 1.4ʺ-wide (35 mm) slots—great for full-size laptops or other devices with large cases
  • For Desktop: 12-unit capacity with 1.1ʺ-wide (28 mm) slots and partial shelf for extra storage—ideal for tablets, Chromebooks and Ultrabooks; 8-unit capacity with 1.4ʺ-wide (35 mm) slots—great for full-size laptops or other devices with large cases of these needed

Central to both carts is Ergotron’s reliable and patented PowerShuttle® power management system which charges up to 30% faster than a standard round-robin charging system so devices are ready you need them, and the system never waste time charging empty slots.

From the classroom to your backroom retail management of devices, this cart has something for everyone. But hey, that’s us. Take a look for yourself!


To choose the right charging system for you visit Charging.ergotron.com.

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

The Classroom of the Future is Here

Sit-Stand On-demand with ErgotronFor decades, if you walked into a classroom in New York City or in rural Montana you would see the same thing: a teacher at the front of the room writing on a chalkboard and lecturing to students seated at desks with textbooks in front of them. Now, with the use of technology expanding quickly, classroom layouts and dynamics are changing. 

Here are a few ways that the “classroom of the future” is finally here:

  • Schools are now making the switch from heavy texts and library books to electronic versions on tablets.  While cost is the main driver of this move, electronic books also help schools offer the most up-to-date versions.  Along with tablets, classrooms also need ways to keep these tables charged, synced and updated for everyday use. Here are some products they are using to manage these devices.
  • Schools are exploring ways to gets students AND staff on their feet more often. Just last week, in addition to categorizing obesity as a disease, the American Medical Association announced that mounting evidence shows sitting around for long periods of time is unhealthy and has called on employers to find alternatives to help employees stay fit and healthy.  But children are also at risk from unhealthy lifestyles. At a time when more than 17 percent of the nation’s children are obese and schools are beginning to order larger chairs to accommodate them, there is also a move to have them stand more in the classroom. Sit-stand workstations help increase physical activity levels while providing outlets for energy not commonly found in the traditional sedentary classroom or lab environment.
  • Technologically-advanced classrooms are also employing virtual field trips and classes through advanced video-conferencing technologies. These advances make it easy for classrooms to “travel” to new places, have conversations with classrooms in other countries, and explore new cultures. In rural or remote locations, specialty teaching resources that may otherwise be limited to only one physical location can be explored.
  • Teachers are now using advancing technology to turn daily lectures into homework. This allows more time in the classroom for kids to work on interactive projects and get help from the teacher, resulting in what is called “flipped” classrooms. Having flexible work environments in the classroom to facilitate this collaborate interaction is key, as are flexible computing tools to accommodate the type of digital homework required.

All of these advances can help students get the most out of their education each day and provide educators the opportunities to do things never before possible. New advances continue to propel us further into the future of education, and while the landscape may appear different, the traditional educational goals are the same – to engage learners and promote healthy learning styles for all involved.

Ergotron is at the ISTE Conference 2013 in San Antonio this week showing off some of the latest in device management and education-related products. If you are there visit us at Booth 6208 or follow along at @ergotron.