A new report released this week by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has found that school spending on ICT is set to rise for the first time in three years.
BESA’s research found that only 33% of secondary schools and 60% of primary schools feel they are adequately equipped with ICT infrastructure and devices and that Primary schools are planning to allocate some of their budget to devices for pupils and teachers.
Primary schools are projected to spend more on ICT during 2018/19, with an increase equating to an average of £400 per primary school, with the overall market impact forecast to extend spending by around £7m. The forecast for secondary schools during this period is also more positive, with spending increasing by £9m.
Tablets have become a bridge of information and today’s children are born into a world of ‘digital immersion’ through the power of touch, motion and sound. To meet this demand for digital technology, Gratnells, best known for over 45 years of designing, manufacturing and marketing advanced storage systems, has introduced an innovative new product range designed to store, charge and sync up to 30 USB devices at ultra-fast speed.
Gratnells PowerTray/PowerTrolley delivers all the benefits of digital resources while retaining proper accountability for equipment, along with ‘regulated’ access and guaranteed readiness of the devices. The PowerTrays come in two sizes – a deep (F2) and an extra deep (F25) version, and can each store 10 tablets. The PowerTrolley can adapt to house either 3 tiers of deep trays, charging 30 devices at any one time or 2 tiers of extra deep trays, charging 20 units. The deeper trays also feature a lid to protect the contents and can be used as a stand-alone unit, transportable between classes.
The trays continuously analyse the appetite for power from USB electronic devices such as phones, tablets and data loggers, responding with an optimized rate of charge and syncing between them to produce a complete storage, charging and syncing solution. The average charge time from 0% to 100% is between 2 and 4 hours. In addition, the PowerTray has an integral fan and air vents to keep gadgets cool.
The PowerTrolley is specially designed to securely store and charge devices using the new PowerTrays and has useful built-in features such as lockable castors and optional handles. To maintain security, complete units are lockable and, of course, mobile for easy deployment to storerooms or cupboards.
PowerTrays are available in white and come in two alternative heights, while PowerTrolleys offer 5 contemporary colours to complement or contrast with décor and furniture. Both are futureproofed, universal and firmware updatable to be compatible with changes in technology.
Gratnells has responded to the universal adoption of technology in schools with storage systems that are compact, lightweight and versatile while providing security and additional functionality. PowerTray deep and extra deep models are available in both Charge and Charge and Sync.
Richard Picking, International Marketing Director at Gratnells, commented “The PowerTray and PowerTrolley range add a further dimension to our ‘Learning Rooms’ philosophy, helping to create a healthy, safe and inspiring environment for children’s education.”
Sue Colby, WSA
Tel: 01908 371177
Joe Cuffaro, Tregartha Dinnie Ltd
Tel: 01908 371177