Back to school preparations are in full swing. But in additional to those No. 2 pencils, your kids need some tech gadgets to help them with the school year.
Although these suggestions may seem geared towards college students, in today’s world even high school and junior high kids would benefit from having these tools on hand.
Smartphones are an awesome multi-tool so use them to their full potential. I’m not talking about letting your kids text all night long. These phones can actually be handy for actual classroom use. By simply downloading apps onto their phone you can minimize the number of other tools you need to buy and carry. For example, there are apps for graphic calculators, voice recorders, notepads and calendars that you can download rather than buying separate devices.
Notebooks give you much more storage space, allow you to operate multiple programs at the same time without slowing down other programs and can also be found in a small, compact size. Although netbooks may be tempting because of their low price tag and portable size, they’re generally not worth it. Spend that extra money on something reliable and efficient that will get your kids through all those late-night, last-minute essays.
If you can’t afford a new laptop, upgrade your old one with a Solid State Drive (SSD). It will only cost you about $150 and will instantly make your computer faster.
Tablets are also becoming a popular tool for classrooms. They are lightweight, easily stored and simple to use.
A printer is a student necessity. Although libraries and other campus labs offer printing services, having the ability to print from your dorm room or at home is important for those all-nighters. But there are a number of things to keep in mind when purchasing a printer:
Printers that have multiple functions can actually be a bad purchase from a value standpoint. Consider: if one of those four functions breaks, the whole printer is useless.
- How are you going to use your printer? If you are in a general arts program, a wireless printer is probably sufficient. They are usually compact, offer standard quality and can be used almost anywhere.
- For stationary printers, go for laser printers, especially if you are in a visual art-related program. They offer clean and sharp quality that will be sure to get you a great mark on your assignments.
- Wireless printers are also a great purchase for student housing. Because of their flexibility, they are easily shared amongst a number of people, which can be really cost-effective.
Going back to school shouldn’t break the bank. But some smart investing in the right technology can make all the difference.
What is the one tech gadget you think kids should have before going back to school?