Computers on the Go
Few schools have the money to get computers for each and every room used for instruction, so having several multi-purpose systems on carts is a great way to cover the territory. Regardless of whether it’s a classroom’s worth of notebooks or a single desktop PC, a cart can not only put the systems where they’re needed but often power them as well.
Global Industrial’s Audio Visual Workstation is great for a single notebook or desktop PC. It has a 18- by 24-inch work surface, two shelves as well as a pull-out keyboard drawer with a mouse pad. The $149 carts are available in black, blue, green, red or yellow, and can be adjusted in 4-inch increments between 24- and 42-inches tall. It comes with a five-year warranty and there’s an optional computer holder for $30.
A Bretford Antimicrobial Laptop Cart can help calm fears among parents and children about spreading germs by sharing notebooks. All the surfaces are coated with a finish that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and fungus so they don’t become a school reservoir for disease. There are versions with room for 15-, 18-, 24-, 30-, or 32-notebooks with power to charge them all when not being used. Pricing ranges from $1,800 to $3,366.
Teachers have to teach where they can these days, including the cafeteria, library and even repurposed closets. Comfort House’s CartDesk lets you take it all with you and doubles as a fold-open desk on the go. It can be wheeled from room to room and can support up to a 17-inch notebook along with 20-pounds of papers and coffee. CartDesk costs $130.
By contrast, The Portifina Computer Cart is a bargain at $40. It can be a movable home for a desktop PC with minimalist styling. Made of steel with a brushed champagne finish, the cart has a 26.5 by 19 inch glass tabletop as well as a shelf for a keyboard and mouse and a base that can hold the computer. It’s available at Target stores or online, but requires assembly.