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Ready…Set…Back to School Technology & More

It seems that it was not so long ago that preparing our grade school children, high school teenagers, and college bound  students for back to school items consisted of purchasing new clothing, books, pencils, crayons etc.  Maybe we knew more recently about laptops, or desktop computers; however, there is a whole new world out there when it comes to understanding what to buy for your students, and yourselves :). That’s why Tech4Boomers searched around for some suggestions that you could review if you are still deciding what to do, and what to buy. Don’t forget to click the SOURCE links to learn more about the products and websites.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive: This backup drive lets you breathe easy by protecting your entire digital life with one click, yet it is thin and small enough to take with you when you’re on the go. The drive comes in three capacities — 500GB, 1 terabyte and 2 terabytes, all less than 1/2-inch thick — and four colors blue, black, red and silver. From $65.Otterbox NFL Edition Defender

Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One Printer: The small footprint of this printer-copier-scanner is perfect when you don’t have a lot of space. And because it has wireless capability, you can print directly from your smartphone or tablet. $100.

Go right to the head of the class this fall with the latest and greatest technology devices powered by Intel. This “annotated” 2014 back to school buying guide highlights some tablet and 2 in 1 devices whose lightning-fast performance, responsiveness, mobility and versatility will help any student be device-ready for back to school.

Make sure you print the Back to School Supplies Price List for 2014. . . You can watch the Back to School Sales Page each week to find the lowest prices at each store.

Ventev the Powercell 6000+ This portable and pluggable gadget is a battery for when you’re on the go. It delivers up to 25 hours of talk time, 18 hours of Internet, 20 hours of video playback or 100 hours of audio playback — and a wall charger when you’re staying in. $75.

LeapFrog LeapPad Learning Tablet: So what’s new about LeapPad Gen 3? The biggest news is that it is Wi-Fi enabled. Combine that with LeapSearch powered by Zui, and children can explore prescreened kid-friendly Web content that has been approved by learning experts. Wi-Fi also allows for peer-to-peer gaming and access to LeapFrog’s Learning Library of more than 1,000 educator-approved games, apps, eBooks, videos and music tracks. $100.

StudyBlueStudyBlue is a free app for the Web, iOS or Android that connects you to fellow students so you can share materials and notes. Sign up, add your school and classes, and then you and your peers can create flashcards, get personalized quizzes and access other collaborative study materials.

Protag DuetThe Duet $30 is a tiny device you can attach to your keys, backpack or what-have-you, and pair with the free Protag app iOS and Android. If you lose the item with the Duet attached, you can use your phone to make the Duet beep so you can find it. It works in the other direction, too: Push a button on the Duet and your phone will sound off so you can locate it.

SOURCES:

  1. What’s new in back-to-school tech gadgets | Business & Technology | The Seattle Times.
  2. (Note: click the picture to print info)  2014 Intel Back to School Buying Guide.
  3. Heading back to school? Try these 11 terrific tech tools. | Computerworld.
  4. Back to School Supplies Price List 2014.

 

I hope this is helpful! 🙂

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I am a senior citizen recently retired after working for 50 years in various professions. I find social media intriguing, blogging uplifting, and technology in general a welcomed challenge. My newest interests are Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. I write about all of these interests as topics on my various blogs. I am hopeful that the posts I create bring information that is useful and moves my readers to explore more.

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