USB-C and Chromebooks in the Classroom: A Better Option

December 3, 2019 Tripp Lite
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As technology continues to transform education, you face the difficult task of supporting more advanced equipment with a dwindling classroom budget

As technology continues to transform education, you face the difficult task of supporting more advanced equipment with a dwindling classroom budget. You may be dealing with aging facilities, outdated tools and other less-than-ideal circumstances you don’t have the time or money to fix right now. However, you still need to stay relevant to current expectations and scalable for future needs.

Chromebooks Are Standard in Primary and Secondary Education

Chromebooks are ubiquitous in schools now. According to the consulting firm Futuresource, Chromebooks held nearly 60 percent of the laptop, notebook and tablet market in American K–12 school systems at the end of 2017. In January 2019, Google announced 30 million Chromebooks were being used by students and educators worldwide.

Chromebooks held nearly 60 percent of laptop, notebook and tablet market in American schools in 2017.

One benefit is Google’s commitment to outfit its Chromebooks with standard USB‑C ports for high‑speed charging and data transfer. This addresses concerns from teachers that different charging ports, cables and adapters seriously hampered the educational process in terms of equipment, money and time.

How Do You Keep All Those Chromebooks Charged?

Which begs the question: how do you keep those Chromebooks secure and fully charged for each day’s lesson? In a 1:1 learning environment—one Chromebook or other mobile device for each student—a method for keeping multiple Chromebooks charged is essential. Enter Tripp Lite’s AC charging stations, which accommodate up to 48 Chromebooks, notebooks and laptops with 1,440 total watts of quick-charging power delivery. Just connect the Chromebooks at the end of the school day, and they’ll be ready to use when the first bell rings.

AC charging stations

Rural schools often face a shortage of Chromebooks that forces students in different classes to share them. Mobile charging carts that allow the devices to be moved from room to room are excellent investments for these schools.

What If Your School Uses Other USB‑C Devices?

In addition to Chromebooks, many other mobile devices rely on a USB Type‑C connector for charging, syncing or powering, including smartphones and tablets. Because universal connectors on USB‑C cables are interchangeable, you could use the same AC power adapter for multiple USB‑C devices, including Apple’s iPad Pro 11‑inch and iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation) devices.

See What Tripp Lite Has in Stock to Solve Your Problem

Full Line of AC Charging Stations and Carts

Tripp Lite has a full line of AC charging stations and carts recommended for keeping an entire classroom’s Chromebooks charged and ready for use. They’re manufactured using steel and come with locking doors to protect the Chromebooks from tampering and theft.

For an idea of how other Tripp Lite products, including rack enclosures and desktop UPS systems, can improve a classroom or computer lab, start with this detailed application map.


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