Technology in K-12 education is the biggest change to teaching we’ve ever seen. For many years teachers, students, parents, and policy makers have been considering the benefits of technology in the classroom and have come to the universal conclusion that the value far outweighs any risks.
Blended learning is more effective than traditional classrooms. It has the power to increase information retention rates by up to 60%, and 59% of teachers attribute increased student motivation to learn to blended learning environments. Despite the benefits to student success, there are still many roadblocks that come with blended learning programs. At the forefront of these roadblocks is access to power in the classroom to keep laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets charged while in use.
Traditional Solutions for Access to Power in Classrooms
With 64% of teachers frustrated by issues related to power on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that one of the biggest challenges and limitations in classrooms is access to power. Aging school buildings and classrooms not outfitted with enough access to power to support blended learning has school administrators looking for new ways to keep students’ devices charged while in use during class.
Some schools may look into refitting existing classrooms with additional power outlets and new power sources. This option is time consuming and leaves classrooms unusable for extended periods of time during construction. It’s also expensive which typically makes it only an option for schools that have large budgets or funding for infrastructure improvements.
To address the challenge of keeping devices charged and ready for in class use, educators have relied on carts, lockers, and cabinets to charge devices. However, these are only good solutions when students aren’t in class using their devices. Another way educators address this challenge is by running extension cords and power strips from wall outlets to students’ desks and tables. While cost effective, this solution creates additional trip and safety hazards in the classroom.
All of these solutions don’t solve the real problem: students’ devices needing charged while in use during class. Now, K-12 schools looking for technology in the classroom can invest in KwikBoost EdgePower™ – a new and affordable solution that powers multiple devices from a source that clamps to the edge or sits on top of a school desk or table. This solution brings access to power to every desk and table in the classroom.
What is KwikBoost EdgePower™ and How Does it Support Successful Blended Learning Programs
The KwikBoost EdgePower™ is a battery-powered charging station that is both portable and cordless. It brings power directly to students’ desks and tables to keep laptops, tablets, and other portable devices charged up while in use during class. It can be easily secured to the edge of any desk, table, or common surface in the classroom with an Allen wrench (which is included in the purchase). Or, it can simply sit on top of the surface.
The KwikBoost EdgePower™ supports blended learning programs because students can keep their devices charged at their workspace while remaining engaged with the lesson. This eliminates class being disrupted by students needing a loaner charger because their device only has 5% battery left. It also ensures that every student has access to digital learning methods while in class and throughout the school day. Teachers can focus on creating interactive and engaging lessons, not on improvising for students who forget to charge their devices.
Increase Access to Power in the Classroom with KwikBoost EdgePower™
The success of blended learning programs is dependent on intentional technology use and making sure that technology is accessible both inside and outside the classroom. Whether creating digital resources or activities or purchasing student devices, your classrooms needs to be well-equipped to support device usage during class. With the KwikBoost EdgePower™, supporting laptop, Chromebook, and tablet usage during class is now convenient and affordable.
The KwikBoost EdgePower™ increases access to power in the classroom because it’s portable and battery-powered, which means that you don’t need an outlet to charge devices while students are using them in class. Students don’t have to sit near outlets outfitted with power strips to keep their devices charged, and extension cords don’t have to be run from outlets to students’ desks when devices need charged.
Whether you’re a superintendent, IT director, principal, or teacher, the benefits of KwikBoost EdgePower™ for you and your students are far reaching. Here are a few of the top ways your school can benefit from this product:
- Portable and battery-powered, meaning no outlet is needed to charge devices while in use
- Affordable solution to common challenges with technology and device usage in the classroom
- Contributes to a safer classroom environment since extension cords and power strips are no longer needed to charge devices during class
- Easily clamps onto the edge of desks and tables so teachers can move it from one desk to another with ease
- Keeps classrooms organized in collaborative and flexible workspaces which supports a positive learning environment
- Each battery can charge a Chromebook up to four times, a laptop up to two times, or a smartphone up to 14 times before it needs charged back up
With EdTech spending rising and blended learning becoming commonplace in K12 schools, it’s important to provide convenient and adequate access to power in the classroom to keep students’ devices charged and ready for use during class. If the current infrastructure of your school buildings cannot accommodate the digital shift, the KwikBoost EdgePower™ may be the solution your school has been looking for.
Contact us today to learn about how you can power devices in your classroom with the KwikBoost EdgePower™