Classroom DIY: iPad Charging Station
Once upon a time, I came across a DIY iPad charging station for the classroom on Pinterest. I was teaching at a school where this wouldn’t even be a possibility, but the idea stuck.
Fast forward to this year, when my current school/grade level received grant money that allowed each of our fifth grade classrooms to purchase 10 iPad Minis. My iPad charging station finally had a purpose! After finding out that purchasing a charging station would run us $500-$1,000 EACH, I was more inspired than ever to give this DIY project a go.
It’s very simple-all you need is a dishrack, a powerstrip and any other plug extenders that might give you the number of charger outlets that you need.
I have 10 iPad minis, as well as one full size iPad. That means I needed 11 charging outlets. The powerstrip that fit my dishrack only had 7 outlets-5 plug outlets and 2 USB outlets. I had to get two extenders to give me the extra four outlets needed.
I purchased my materials from Target, which ran me about $50: $25 for the powerstrip, $15 for the dishrack and $5 for each extender. If you want to save yourself the gas money and order straight from your computer, you can grab the powerstrip ($9!) and dishrack ($12!) from Amazon!
This great charging station now sits in my back room, waiting for the kids to use the iPads. I’ll begin loading apps on them this week (list of awesome apps coming soon!), and we’ll break them out these last few weeks to keep energy and engagement high!
Do you have a charging station of any kind in your room? I’d love to see pictures! I’m currently struggling with how to keep our digital cameras/flip cameras charged.