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Computer Carts as a School Strategy

Computer Carts as a School Strategy

What can you, and what should you, do with a computer cart?

One to One Devices

Execute at least 3 device checks throughout the year, aligning device serial number with student “owner”

  • Create charging stations across classrooms to support device use
    throughout the day
  • Cross-check system reports for devices against physical lists over
    holiday breaks -requires students leave devices at school over break
  • Install an agent if devices are going out of the school (E.g. GoGuardian)
  • Must have parent signed ownership agreements on file

Stationary Cart

Assign devices to students for each individual class to ensure accountability

  • Build in time on the ends of the instructional block for students to carefully replace AND re-connect devices to their power supply, especially in the first weeks of school
  • Create a cart tech job for a reliable student or group of students (can
    also be a rotating classroom job). Should include plugging in the cart
    itself and reporting issues
  • Cart label should include the specific location (classroom)

Mobile Carts

Secure a print out of the cart procedures on the cart

  • Count devices at the beginning/end of each instructional session
  • Ensure that ALL devices stay in the room for that session (No
    borrowing)
  • Create a shared calendar/sign out sheet of who “checks” the cart
    out for accountability and scheduling purposes
  • Assign a “home” location for mobile carts and ensure they are
    returned after each reservation/use

All cart scenarios

Designate a staff member to oversee cart assignment delivery, report issues, and ensure missing devices are reported ASAP

  • Clearly written labels on all devices to include cart assignment
  • Clearly written labels on all carts to include “home” location
  • Use difficult to remove material for labels (example: Brother TZE
    Extra Strength series adhesive tape)
  • Perform periodic cart checks aligning device serial number with
    cart and device names

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