There are 19 care homes in the Hallmark Care Homes network, where innovative and award-winning facilities are matched with the personal touch only a family-run provider can offer. All across England and South Wales, residents are enabled to live active, fulfilling lives because of Hallmark’s person-centered approach to care. Hallmark maintains a standard of excellence throughout their organization, and as such, continues to improve upon their offerings and processes. One recent upgrade included the launch of 135 tablets in tandem with a gradual introduction of a new electronic care planning system. This transition from handwritten care plans to electronic allows for better oversight and individually tailored care. It also improves inclusivity of family members, too, as they can access their relative’s plan or record.
Undergoing a digital shift of this size always poses some logistical challenges. Initially, the tablets were left to charge on worktops, filing cabinets or the closest windowsill. Sorting through a spaghetti-like pile of cables or finding devices not fully charged properly was counter-productive, and sometimes charging ports were found damaged after being connected too hastily. Additionally, the tablets needed to be shared among many people – the teams within the care homes and visiting professionals alike. With heavy use of the tablets throughout the day, tidy storing and charging of the devices quickly became an important priority.
Hallmark’s external IT team suggested looking into CarryOn™ portable charging stations by PC Locs. The ultra-mobile, aluminum cases each hold up to five devices for streamlined storage and simultaneous charging. They were the perfect solution. Hallmark purchased enough CarryOns to have one in every study of every home across their network. They used the included wall-mounting kits to hang the CarryOns – giving their devices a designated home base without giving up any floor or desk space.
Capturing information on every patient interaction has become significantly easier with the new electronic care planning system. Instead of charting hours after a visit, caregivers are enabled to report real-time information on the devices. This information is also more accessible by senior management and support staff, allowing for oversight and further driving home person-centred care. The CarryOn charging stations have helped bring order to this new workflow. Hallmark even reports that they’ve not encountered any challenges with the deployment. The shared fleet of devices has become easier to manage and maintain, which ultimately impacts everyone – staff, caregivers, families and residents. Next on the horizon for Hallmark Care Homes is an app version of the same care planning software. This would open up even more on-the-go accessibility and communications improvements for the caregiving teams. Compatible with all iPad models and many other USB chargeable devices, the CarryOn is ready to keep up.
Edgerton, Wisconsin is a small town of just over 5,500 people; with a school system that boasts well rounded and accomplished graduates year after year. A system committed to academics, well-maintained facilities, arts, athletics and, of course, technology.
The district, made up of four schools, not only remains up-to-date with technological developments but also paves the way for students to incorporate tech into their learning. Students are using mobile devices to be introduced to computer coding skills, app development, math strategies, presentation display, and Internet safety.
There are two Elementary STEM Centers in Edgerton – learning spaces for students in grades K-5 to experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum. These learning experiences encourage problem-solving and critical thinking and serve children at the universal level – meaning they’ve been carefully developed to give students flexibility, empowerment and ultimately, an equal opportunity to succeed.
One of the teachers leading the charge is Sheila Fox. “We are hoping to encourage children to use mobile devices in a smart and safe way and also to expose them to the advantages that devices can have on their learning environment,” said Fox.
Sphero robots are one of the educational tools Fox and her colleagues are utilising to give students a variety of learning modes with visual, tactile and auditory applications.
With new technology comes new responsibility and logistics. When the Edgerton School District staff first introduced Sphero robots to their STEM Experiences, charging and safety were their top concerns. They needed to maintain safe, student-friendly learning stations. They also knew they’d need to share and transport the devices between the two Centers and beyond.
The Sphero Charging Case™ by PC Locs is tailored precisely to these needs. It accommodates up to six Sphero BOLT or Sphero SPRK+ robots, along with their inductive charging bases, tools and accessories in a compact and neat hand-held container.
“The Charging Case has been exactly what we were hoping. It has allowed a safe space for storage and is very versatile to move from one classroom space to another learning environment” said Fox.
The Case prevents unwanted clutter and tripping hazards that exposed cords can create, which is vital in classrooms that are often tight to begin with. Open architecture design lets you see that all devices are in place, which in turn means they’ll be charged and ready to work, learn and play.
Strong aluminum, a keyed lock and a lifetime warranty are matched with a lightweight, compact design easy enough for children to carry around, which helps get them ready to work, learn and play, too.
You can download the PDF of the case study here.
See how the CarryOn Charging Station is making life easier for teachers, students and IT Managers at Como Primary School.
Rachel Martino, IT Manager & Teacher at Como Primary School, outlines how the CarryOn enables them to share devices between students and classrooms in a really efficient way. See Rachel she had to say:
Jessica Mauboy has made a visit to Yipirinya School in Alice Springs to distribute 40 Tablets and an iQ 30 Cart, which have been donated by Telstra, Samsung and PC Locs for the students.
Driven by Jess, who is passionate about improving the educational opportunities of the children at the school where she is an Ambassador, Telstra and Samsung kindly offered up the 40 tablets along with the donation of a charging and syncing cart from PC Locs.
Jess explained, “I am so thrilled that Telstra, Samsung and PC Locs have offered these tablets and accessories to the students of the Yipirinya School. These tools will go a long way in assisting with the education of all the students at the school. It is so important that they have the same opportunities and access to technology despite their remote location and continue following their dreams.”
Yipirinya’s Principal, Ken Langford-Smith said, “The part played by our Ambassador Jessica Mauboy in obtaining these donations demonstrates how much she really cares for our students. We are immensely grateful to her, and to Telstra, Samsung and PC Locs for their generosity.”
09.07.14 in Testimonials
PC Locs helping Como Primary School manage their iPad devices with the Carrier 40 Cart™ and iQ 30 Cart™.
Mobile devices, such as the iPad and others, continue to grow and be used as learning and teaching tools in Primary Schools. Como Primary School has implemented iPad and iPad mini into their learning program with over 90 devices for students to share.
Penny Herne, Vice Principal at Como Primary School, said that the teacher would book hour block sessions during the day for students to use the iPad devices.
Ms Herne: “We store all of our devices in PC Locs products. The iQ 30 Cart manages our syncing and charging whilst the Carrier 40 Cart’s secure and charge them”.
Como Primary School rotate their devices through the 2 type of Carts they have available to them. The Carrier 40 Cart and the iQ 30 Cart share the same basket so interchanging them between the two products makes it easy to rotate the devices between iPad Cart’s – When the devices need to sync, they are placed in the iQ 30 Cart, and if they only need charging, the Carrier 40 Cart is used.
Ms Herne went on to say, “The Carrier 40 Cart has been fantastic… It has a different opening mechanism which is really easy to use. It’s a simple matter of grabbing the baskets, taking them to the classroom and handing them [the iPad devices] out.
Rachel Martino, a teacher at Como Primary School, said that she enjoys teaching the students with the iPad devices and that School should be commended for implementing iPads into the curriculum.
Ms Martino said, “The Carrier 40 Cart makes it so much easier for us to access the iPads… the kids love using them because they make learning so much more engaging… and with the baskets, we can hand them out to the kids really easily”.