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Organizing Your Bretford Cart for Survivor Cases

September 24, 2012

In a post a few weeks ago, I listed Griffin Survivor cases as a must-have for your classroom iPads. The only problem is that they don’t fit comfortably in the popular Bretford PowerSync cart. We have figured out a way around this that requires some time and effort on the front end, but pays off in ease of use and protection of technology. Below are some photos of how our carts look. This is the method we chose to use, but it’s certainly not the only way to organize the carts.

Back of Cart

This first photo is actually one I created to use with our teachers in training (we have had issues with iPads not being charged for the next person to use). However, it shows you how I used tape to cover up the numbers already printed on the cart, since you can really only comfortably fit 25 iPads in the cart with cases. You certainly would not have to follow this step, but it would be quite difficult to know which iPad is charging or not charging.

skitch

As you can see in this photo, sometimes the dividers slide around in the cart as the one in the middle on the bottom shelf has done. We haven’t found a way to prevent this, so if you know of one, please contact me! Also, numbering the slots prevents people from trying to jam too many iPads into one section. If you do that, the home button may stay pushed in and the iPad will lose charge quickly.

Number Plugs

Yet again, this step allows teachers to see which connectors need to be re-plugged if the light in the back is not lit.

Overall, this system has worked really well for us. It is certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing setup, but it serves its purpose!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. plennig permalink
    July 30, 2013 11:49 am

    Can you fix the photo links on this post? I’d love to see how you worked around this problem. I need to address it in my own cart and I am thinking that I need to return the Griffin cases 😦

    • August 17, 2013 6:46 am

      I will work on getting the links fixed on this. Just as an FYI–we ended up being able to fit 30 in a cart, although it was a tight fit. You will need to take out all of the dividers, with the exception of one in the middle of each shelf. They will fit!

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