Monday, March 30, 2015

That's a whole lot of devices to charge

I've been lucky to be visiting schools that are all working with device dense environments. Almost everyone is looking for a place to store and charge them. In this post I am trying to think through the stories that people have told about their solutions and what has made a difference.

My favorite upcycle storage design

Where this most often has gone wrong is in the smaller details. The self organising bit is important particularly in enclosed spaces.

One tip I have found really effective is colour coding and numbering. We added a colour plastic cover for our samsung chromebooks which mad it easy to identify which was missing and for learners to know they were returning the device to the right place. This is particularly useful if returning a device to a different place.

Colour Coding

Cable Management
This is probably the hardest thing to get right. A missing charger will mean that a chromebook or tablet can't be used.


  1. Morning Dave. Thank you for mentioning our product "Charge Buddie" on your blog. We developed it in November 2014 and thus far getting awesome positive feedback from schools using it already, and continuously developing it as suggestions are given. I am proud to say that we are a Kiwi Company fabricating a secure and durable (stainless steel), organised and electrical safe product especially for our schools and would love to listen to and work with schools to develop a perfect solution for their needs. If I may ask, could you please correct the spelling of Buddie to "ie" at the end? This might help finding us on Google should people want to look up our website. Thanks a million. Francois & Vanessa

    1. One of the biggest advantages of the "Charge Buddie" is the security of the chargers which mean that the time spent maintaining organisation and untangling is reduced significantly. Good visibility of the devices too.