Monday, 7 June 2021

Classroom Storage Ideas for Technology Devices

Devices like iPads, earphones, and laptops are used so much in classrooms now that new ideas are being developed for easily storing them without taking up valuable space. Some of the 'shelving' that I'm recommending are known to you but not for anything to do with device storage. These items are basically being repurposed as device storage hacks for your classroom.  I love to find awesome classroom storage ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more

  • Use mailbox sorters: This teacher stores her iPads in desktop mailbox sorters (#ad), and these sorters are kept in a lockable cupboard.

  • Use wooden drying racks: A cutting board drying rack like this large bamboo one (#ad) can hold up to eight chromebooks.

  • Bakeware racks: Use a bakeware rack organizer (#ad) as a charging station for laptops. You would first have to secure the racks to the shelf with zip ties or clips.
These Chromebooks are stored and charged on these bakeware racks. They are designed to hold weight to they keep the laptops upright. 

  • Use mobile carts on wheels: Use a cart that is very sturdy, like this one, to store and charge your Chromebooks or Kindles. All of the cords would be hidden at the back and zip tied into position for easy charging.

  • Use wall space with hanging storage: Chromebooks can be stored in wall mounted organizers. They can be mounted close to a plug and be charged right there.

  • Store laptops in a desktop organizer: This is one the most affordable ways to store classroom laptops. Use a cheap metal desktop organizer that is strong enough to store laptops and other devices. The plug strip can be stowed away in one of the underneath compartments. Why spend a ton of money for multi-laptop stand when this organizer can serve your storage needs?

  • Store laptops in book bins: These book bins make up a charging station for Chromebooks!

  • Build laptop charging stations: Use milk crates, zip ties, and heavy-duty lid organizers (#ad) to build stations for storing and charging your screen devices. The teacher that created the unit in the picture above built four different ones and kept them at different points in the classroom to prevent 'charging cart congestion'. The many holes in the milk crate allows for the cords to be bundled underneath it and not get in your way.

  • Use a wire frame vinyl record table cart for laptops: A vinyl record storage cart like this can store classroom laptops and Chromebooks at half the price of a regular laptop cart. The spacings between each wire rod is 1" and the rods are quite thick to hold the laptops upright. The only thing it lacks are wheels, but it is still a good alternative to the expensive carts. Note: If your laptops are covered in cases, then they may not fit.

  • Use file sorter organizers: The first picture shows a double set of file sorter organizers (#ad) being used as an iPad docking station with a separate charging plug setup between them. The second picture above shows iPads being charged on a letter tray organizer with horizontal racks. There are also wall hanging letter organizers that can be used to store the phones and tablets on your classroom wall. See them being used in this blog post which has more ways for you to use wire framed letter tray organizers for classroom storage. 

  • Use a charging organizer rack: This rack can be used for cell phones or laptops. It is one of the many cost effective options in this list. The slots are spacious enough for iPads with cases.

  • Store classroom tablets in a wire framed magazine rack: I love the minimalist design of these wire racks. Just slide in the tablets for storage or charging. Keep it near to a plug strip for easy charging. Note: You can also use this for laptops but if your laptops are covered in cases, then they may not fit through the rack slots.

  • Store calculators in a phone sorter: This math teacher chose to use a phone sorter box to store her class calculators. She has a calculator sign-out sheet as a logging system to track the use of each calculator.

  • Use pocket charts for calculators and phones: You can use clear pocket charts to store phones or calculators. There are pocket charts available that have numbered pockets. This pre-labelled pocket chart makes it easy to keep track of each device. Just add number sticker labels to each calculator so that students can put them in their designated pockets.

  • Use a numbering system for classroom devices: Use number stickers on your laptops to correspond with the numbers on their charging cords. It helps students to find the cords for their devices.

You may also be interested in these ideas for using vertical storage in the classroom. More ideas will be added soon.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!