Seven Factors to Consider When Choosing a Mobile Computing Cart
1. Flexibility: Does the cart offer a bay size that will meet your current and future mobile device needs?
2. Convenience: Does the cart allow for easy management of your mobile devices' wires and cables? Does it have numbered slots for effective organization of those devices?
4. Durability: Is the cart made with top-quality materials to ensure it is rugged enough to stand up to years of daily classroom use?
You want to make sure your cart can last the wear and tear of students and staff going in and out of this cart day in and day out. Is it made of heavy-gauge steel, or a flimsy
5. Mobility: Does the cart's size and exterior design, including its wheels, allow for it to be easily navigated through narrow and crowded school hallways and doorways?
Most mobile computing carts are on the go! Going from classroom to classroom with many students taking technology in and out of the cart, all day long. The first item to look at are the wheels. How easy is it to move that cart around, in and out of doorways, over thresholds, and into tight corners? Consider and learn if the wheels are noisy. Does the cart have any pieces that come out from the cart, like the handle or the base of the cart for the wheels? Some wheels hang out from the bottom creating a tripping hazard. As for the handles, look to make sure it doesn’t protrude from the cart for kids to run into. Also think about how your hands will be protected when going through narrow hallways or doorways. Finally, look at the weight of the cart. Some carts are very heavy and that is without the devices wired in. Look for a light-weight cart, yet durable, for easy mobility.
6. Charging Ability: Can the cart meet your specific needs for charging mobile devices? Does it allow for easy external monitoring of the device-charging process?
7. Affordability and Dependability: This biggest question you need to know is if the carts you are looking at fit into your budget, and does it fit into the specifications you need from the cart.
Create a list of “must-have” features the cart needs to have. This will help prioritize your needs and you won’t fall for some of the add-on features you don’t need. Finding the right mobile computing
cart isn’t necessarily hard, but it needs to be thoroughly thought out so it meets the expectations from both the IT standpoint and what the instructor is looking for. If you do your research and determine what your needs are, you’ll be happy with the final mobile computing cart you decide on.