Thursday, 16 September 2021

How to Store Students' Phones in the Classroom


How can you store students' cell phones in the classroom? With the right storage idea, it is easy to keep classroom phones stored away in an organized storage system. Examples of these are phone sorter boxes, phone storage pocket charts, small drawer storage units, phone charging stands, and wall mounted storage racks. Most classroom teachers use the pocket charts to store cell phones, but the phone sorter boxes are becoming popular. Both options have ease of access for the students.

Safety and accessibility are important factors to consider for choosing the right place in the classroom to store cell phones. The teacher should have free access to the storage area. The students, depending in the class level, can have limited access. The phones can be in a locked system to keep them secure, or the teacher can keep them in a restricted access area or close to the teacher desk. Every classroom storage system for phones must have a number system for organizing the phones.

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Types of classroom storage systems for student cell phones:

 


  • Use a hanging paper sorter: This wall hanging paper sorter holds the chargers on the bottom rack and the phones go in the other racks. It can hold six phones. 


  • Hang a wall mounted phone charging station: This charging station is lockable, and it has padded slots. You can put laminated numbered cards in corresponding slots for students to take a card as their “claim ticket”.


  • Store phones in a pocket chart: Pocket charts for phones can be labelled with a number system for organizing all of the students' cell phones.


  • Make your own stackable storage units: These IRIS drawers are small, but perfect storing cell phones. The stackable drawers can stay on your teacher desk or go on a bookshelf.


  • Use a charger stand for multiple phones: Have a few charger stations set up in your classroom. Each station will have a charger stand for designated phones to be stored there.

More cell phone storage ideas will be added soon. If you need tips for storing other technology devices, like classroom laptops and tablets, I have put together different storage and organization ideas in this blog post.

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