Now that you have a classroom full of 2-in-1 devices, you are left to figure out how in the world you will get them organized so that they are passed out and returned in a neat and orderly manner. Having the piece of mind that the technology is being taken care of properly so it lasts longer is very important for classroom teachers.
A really easy way to organize your technology is to simply grab yourself a handy (and economical) rolling cart, along with some patterned washi tape.
Then, “brand” each device with a different color or pattern by using simple colored dots, washi tape, or even a sharpie. This would be in addition to the obvious bar codes for school inventory purposes. The color-coding will be super helpful to allow students the opportunity to take some ownership of the device they have in their hands at that moment, and will know exactly where it will be returned.
Use the matching color-coding material to mark all pieces of your unit, including the tablet, keyboard, power cord, and any other peripherals specific to that particular device.
Finally, assign each drawer of your rolling cart the same identification color. In this way, all the components of each 2-in-1 have a spelled out home. This makes passing out and returning the materials that much more effective.
The rolling cart can also be rolled around the room if necessary, then tucked in a corner – or under a large piece of furniture while the devices are charging overnight. It also makes it that much easier to share the technology with other classrooms in the building.
Having a color-coded system to store your 2-in-1s will make your experience with your new technology even sweeter! What some of your storage solutions for keeping 2-in-1s organized? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!