laptops have been arranged in different ways:

Tim Levesque
Technology Director
Easton School Department

These are supposed to go home with the students..would it be unreasonable to require the students to keep them charged? Maybe put a battery depot in the library to handle those who don't..or a small charging area in a few classrooms?

Michael Hart
Instructional Technology Director
MSAD #22

I think having close to a million dollars of easily stolen computer
equipment would require some form of security. (This $ est. is for my
During the summer where will the laptops be stored and secured?

I hate the idea of buying thousands of dollars of computer carts. But they
do come in handy in times like:

1. Summer vacation. After reimaging its a nice place to secure the laptops
and also allows the custodial crew to move all the carts into one room.
Lugging 750 laptops by hand would not be cool.

2. Not all kids will want to take them home. Some kids have nicer machines
at home. Where do they store and charge their machines at school over

3. Lunch, gym, assemblies, etc........carts are a nice secure place to put
a laptop.

If you have a SMALL school carts may not be needed.
But my HS is large for central maine........and the campus is large.
I remember from HS MLTI 1 that the 9th graders liked having a secure place
to put thier laptop when they did not need it at school.
When you are a teen and responsible for a $1000 laptop you can get
mentally fatigued trying to keep it safe and not lose it.

Some other options:
1. Build your own Carts or shelving. We did that for our lunch room. Have
nice heavy duty laptop bookshelf.
2. Use the lockers. Not all kids at my HS have lockers.

I guess schools need to think about logisitics that make it "easy" for the
student to have a laptop at school.

Having to worry about where to put it when not use, how to charge it at
school, etc can make the machine more hassle than its worth.....which can
lead to a bad learning experience for the students.

Peter C. Mullen
Technology Specialist for Student Support
Windham Raymond School Department
RSU 14

We have discussed this. Students have lockers with built in combination
locks. If they choose to not take them home. We have bantered around the
idea for adding a power strip to each room for those that need a boost
during class. Haven't spent too much time on the subject but those
points have been raised.

Carts for us? Assuming the last batch we bought from Da‑Lite, it would
be approx $28,500. 1150 machines/30 slot carts. The cart itself, last
time we bought them were $550 or so. But shipped added a lot, and they
don't come with power so wiring them up added to the cost as well.

I can't imagine the middle school environment without carts. I don't see
the high school environment the same. Would the kiddo's home slot be in
his or her homeroom? In high school they might never be in that room
except for that. As an example.

Summer? I agree. At the middle school level we gather the carts and fill
them, then roll the cart to the proper room. At the high school level,
we are thinking about a much more self‑service system. It will be up to
the student to come to us with issues. It could work the same way for
deployment but I haven't really thought about it much yet.


Here's a visual assortment at a catalogue shop

Randy Pitts
Technical Coordinator
Vinalhaven Schools

When the MLTI program first started, we ran out and bought a $1500 cart.
Wasn't worth it in my opinion.

Since then, I've out fitted the middle school home rooms with a 5 shelf
unit bought from Sams. It has casters, adjustable shelves and is heavy
duty. Along the sides of each cart, I've hooked up a 6' power strip with
20 outlets. All in all, I'd say each unit, with power strip, cost me
about $120. After working with these for a few years, I think a better
solution would be to buy 3‑4' power strips for each shelf vs the verticle

I'd suggest placing one of these in the home rooms and library to serve as
a charging station.

John Jaques
Technology Coordinator
School Union #133 Palermo and Somerville Schools

I agree, carts are not worth the money. A good low cost solution is open
shelving with power strips. Extra batteries and a battery charger in the
lab/library, very helpful too.

Ann Marie Quirion Hutton
Winslow Junior High School
6 Danielson Street
Winslow, ME 04901

We also prefer the wire racks with a zip tied power strip. We have
some custom made units that ended up severing power cords when the
doors were closed, most have had the doors removed now. We have the
wire racks in almost every room, On days when laptops are not being
used it gives a safe place to rest them (like during a science lab.)
(We have purchased them at Sam's, Home Depot and even K‑mart.)

We have some industrial wire racks on wheels that we leave in our
Cafeteria. (a local business donated those to us.) The kids place
their laptops there during lunch, We use those shelves during the
summer to move, separate, image and store laptops. They easily roll
into a classroom where they can be locked up.

We added a 5 minute home room at the end of our school day. This is
when the announcements are given and it gives the kids time to check
out or put away and plug in their laptops…that has helped tremendously
with management.

There are about 350 laptops here.

Barry Van Gurp

For MSAD 31, we have had our carts built by our local Region Woods shop.
For the price of eight sheets, 3/4 inch plywood, we can have four units
built. Each unit has two sections. Top section is for the 24 laptops
with individual slots and the bottom holds the outlet strips/chargers.

After the build, we do a varnish to the unit and install the outlet strips
and chargers.

Mark Arnold
Educational Technology Specialist
Ellsworth, ME

These are great laptop storage units. You can get them in all sorts of cool
colors so they work for Responsive Classroom environments. They have
awesome ventilation. The half‑life on one of these suckers is almost
infinite. They're stackable, virtually unbreakable, and you can nab
replacements behind any Dairy Queen or Duncan Donuts. * Be careful where
you store them over the summer... Kids going off to college love these

Glenn Eichel
Tech Coordinator
Technology Director
RSU 13

Like others we are considering making the students responsible for their
own laptops (assuming we opt in which has not been decided). They secure
them and charge them. At one of the RSU's 2 high school we've run 10th
grade 1:1 this way and students have responded fairly well. We use
classroom carts for 9th grade 1:1.

Lockers in one of the two high schools should work fine for secure
storage. In the other high school we'd have to change student culture.
Students do not use locks on their lockers. We'd have some charging
available in classrooms and a supply of charged batteries that could be
checked out of the libraries for day use. Existing carts (both high
schools opted for 9th grade 1:1 4 years ago) would be available for
secure, in‑school charging over night. Students who lose their take home
privileges would be required to check devices in and out of the libraries.

We hope to be able to combine high schools some day. At that time we'd
install lockers designed for 1:1 with built in charging. I don't even want
to know how much it would cost to retrofit our buildings for that. Even
the cost of the cart solution would prove to be far too expensive.
Bretford carts are great but expensive. $800‑$1000. We'd need 30 for two
schools. Then there's the electrical capacity. In one school we'd need to
have CMP add service capacity so we could install additional outlets. That
could easily run $50,000. Realistically, making students responsible seems
the only option. They became more and more responsible as I looked at
increasing costs :‑)

This solution will cost for extra batteries and charging solutions and
locks for lockers in one high school.