COVID19 & Back to School 2020 Support

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During this period of Tech4boomers has several times searched the web looking for the  “Back-to-School equipment deals”.  However, this year we are not in a ‘normal’ mode of preparations, due to the Coronavirus constraints and concerns on us and our young children, college students, and family members. We wonder how this all affects our schooling programs and learning environments.

The stress factors Coronavirus has placed on our considerations for returning loved ones to school (and work) require a different kind of support.  I am certain the conversation(s) about what we should/can do about school attendance in a pandemic period in our society is something we could all use help with.
If you would like to hear a conversation about these concerns, please click the link below and listen to a podcast, which gives you information on what Dr. Tyler Black has to say about how to navigate decisions for your children and family. The interview is conducted on  The Big Story podcast website.
https://thebigstorypodcast.ca/2020/08/13/what-if-back-to-school-isnt-the-best-option-for-kids/
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Last Minute Back to School 2018 Deals & Advice

If you’re still looking for last-minute back to school deals for your school supplies and laptops,  I’ve searched around and found one or two suggestions, which may help you.

I’ve always gone to Wirecutter for their observant and expert advice on all sorts of products.  Whether you are in college, grade school, or going back to school yourself, it’s a good place to start. Scroll down through the menu screen to find the products you’re looking for.  Then, select the filter option. And while you’re at it, sign up for their Newsletter to stay on top of good purchases. https://thewirecutter.com/deals/

You will also want to look at https://Inkgrabber.com, and https://www.inkjets.com, to find the best deals on toner for your printers.

  • As soon as you start to get the “jitters”, as you send your young college students off to fend for themselves, you may want to take a look at this set of suggestions, published by US News. It is an article about wellness for Parents no less! Click this link, and “breathe” US News for Parents

Back to school technology list

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It’s that time again when we are overwhelmed with questions about what to buy for the new school year, or maybe you need some new technology devices for yourself. I have learned over the years when purchasing equipment for my family, or myself  to check with another knowledge base other than my own :).  I am a fan of searching the www for ideas on what’s new according to some of the experts: students and New York Times Personal Tech, Brian X. Chen. This is a summary of what I learned: MacBook Pro is preferred for use with a traditional keyboard and Google Docs/Google Presentations.  These apps  are available through the web.laptop-1209008_1280

  • For students who have digitized textbooks a tablet may be preferred.  Tablets are easier to use for reading.  In addition, Microsoft Excel and Word is used with these Tablets.
  • The type of devices to buy may also depend on the student’s field of study. Science students may best be served with a laptop, which can handle multitasking more efficiently.
  • Design and liberal arts students may find tablets a better ‘fit’ for their field of study.

Here are some suggestions for equipment:  $899 Mac Book Air.  Tablets: $599 iPad Pro, $499 Microsoft Surface 3.  As for SmartPhones, checkout Apple iPhone 6s, or Samsung Galaxy S7. Take note Apple could release a new iPhone soon. And, do not forget to buy a battery pack.  Suggestion:  $20 Anker’s PowerCore Slim 5000.
There are many more suggestions in this article you may want to check, such as Audio Accessories, and Coffee/Food gadgets for your college students.  Source: Off to College? Maybe These Devices Should Go Along – The New York Times

 

 

Ready, Set…Back to School … Equipment

Back to school_2015Once again we are fortunate enough to have tech experts to help us with deciding  what type of technical equipment is worth our consideration when purchasing laptops, smartphones and all the other gadgets that we use in today’s tech world.

Back-to-school days are just around the corner – –  and for some families it’s already here. Most of us can use information to aid our students in locating the best devices to buy and use to get their school work done.  Below are some ideas worth looking at.  As always click the link provided for the full article. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

Back To School Technology Tips…

canstockphoto15263592Could it be that the time is actually upon us to think about purchasing ‘Back to School’ items for our Echo-Boomers (children or grandchildren  of Baby Boomers)?  However, it may seem (or not), once again the time has arrived for us to make decisions about Laptops, Apps, Cell Phones, and other mobile devices for the new school year.
With that in mind, I looked around for some of the best HELP I could find on the Web, which I think will help you in making informed decisions.  Make sure to click the links at the end of each suggestion for more details.
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  1. Find age-appropriate movies, books, apps, TV shows, video games, websites, and music that you and your kids will love. Browse our library of more than 18,500 reviews by age, via Parent reviews, Family reviews | Common Sense Media.
  2. Make sure to read the Common Sense Media Blog. Click the link:  Making Sense – Common Sense Media Blog | Common Sense Media.
Below is a list of discount programs. Make sure to click the link for more details.
  1. Amazon StudentFor college students.  Amazon offers students a free six-month trial of Amazon Student to those with a valid .edu e-mail address (or you can provide proof of your student status). It includes free two-day shipping, deals and promotions exclusively for students, and a $10 credit when you refer a friend. After six months, you get a discount on Amazon Prime ($39 instead of $79 a year), which adds unlimited video streaming and the ability to borrow books on a Kindle.
  2. Apple Store for Education. For college students and their parents. You can buy a Mac and get a $100 App Store Gift Card. If you buy an iPad or iPad mini for school, you’ll get a $50 App Store gift card. And currently Apple’s offering free shipping on any school supplies.
  3. BestBuy.com College Student Deals Find the best laptop or desktop for your needs and budget with our computer buying guide and Ratings. via Back to school: Discounts on computers and other electronics – Yahoo! Finance.
  4. For college students. Best Buy has discounts on computers and lots of other accessories; currently, you can get $100 off MacBooks and iMacs, and 10 percent off some touch-screen all-in-one computers plus free shipping, for example. Sign up with your .edu student e-mail address, and the store then sends coupon codes that you enter online at checkout.
  5. In 2013, every student — from the first-grader learning to read to the graduate student writing a thesis — needs a full-fledged Mac or PC laptop.Tablets can be helpful for taking notes in class or doing some quick research, but when you want to get that term paper done, you need the real keyboard, screen and operating system that only a laptop can provide. Here are 8 tips to help you find the right student laptop for any age and course of study. via 8 Laptop Buying Tips for Students | LAPTOP Magazine.
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  1. Smartphone Buyers’ Guide 2013: 7 Things You Need to Know via Smartphone Buyers Guide 2013: 7 Things You Need to Know.
  2.  Consumer Reports Guidelines are at the link below:
    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/computers.htm?EXTKEY=AYAHRE02

I hope this is helpful 🙂