Summer is quickly approaching, which is a welcome relief for many teachers who have had a long and busy school year! If your classroom utilizes technology in the form of tablets, laptops, or similar electronic devices, there are some special steps that you’ll want to take before summer vacation hits—especially in regards to cleaning and storage. To avoid piling extra work onto your plate, we’ve got some tips and resources that’ll make prepping your classroom electronics for summer as quick and easy as possible!
Prepare for Storage
On or shortly after the last day of school, be sure to clean and sanitize all electronic devices thoroughly so they’re ready to use when you break them back out again for your next class of students. For touch screens, be sure to invest in a package of quality screen wipes that are labeled as being safe on touch screens and LCD and similar screens. Take time to wipe down all tablets, laptops, and other devices with screens to remove smudges and other sources of bacteria. If you have sets of classroom headphones or ear buds, don’t forget to clean and sanitize those as well!
Choose the Right Storage Option
Proper storage of your classroom electronic devices will ensure that they’re organized and locked up safely until they need to be used for your next class. Fortunately, there are all kinds of great storage options for such devices including tablet and laptop storage carts that double as charging stations and lock up securely. If you’ll be moving to another classroom next year or need to transport your devices to storage over the summer, you may also want to consider a storage cart that is easy to roll around on wheels. And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to label storage carts—especially if you have more than one.
Keep Them Charged
Even if you don’t have a storage option that doubles as a charging port, there are simple and inexpensive power strips that you can add to your existing tech. storage tubs to allow for easy charging. The last thing you want is to end up with drained batteries on your first day of school, so be sure you have a plan!
Properly cleaning, organizing, and storing your classroom electronics takes some time and effort, but going through these steps will save you a lot of stress and hassle next school year!