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Essential Electronics for the School Year

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Electronics are everywhere- in our hands, in our homes, and in the classroom. In today’s fast-paced world, information is available at the touch of a button or the swipe of a finger. Technology is a wonderful tool for learning. Gone are the days of having to sort through stacks of books at the library or thumb through the encyclopedia at home if you need to work on a project or report. Technology can help students succeed with ease, and there are absolutely some essential electronics that you’ll want to make sure you have in your back to school tool kit.

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A tablet is a must for any household with students or college-age students. Tablets are easy to use and easy for youngsters to grasp. Using a tablet is a great idea to quickly search for information when working on a project. Younger students can take advantage of apps such as the calculator, and can search the web for info with help from an adult. For teens and college students, a tablet might even be a required purchase from a school supply list. Many classrooms use tablets for learning. College students may find using a tablet more convenient for note-taking, recording lectures, using the calendar feature, or for working on group assignments and research. Tablets are easy to transport and can be slipped into a backpack or messenger bag. The PiPO W4 8” Quad-Core 1.8GHz Windows 8.1 Tablet PC from FastTech is a smart choice for students of all ages.

Desktop computers are another great tool to have at home or in the dorm room. Many families have a central location in the home where they can gather to work on important projects, homework and the like. This central hub is usually stocked with a desktop computer, a printer, a desk and comfortable chair. and other office supplies. A desktop computer can be used for keeping important information for the school year all in one place. It’s important to know where records and files are, as well as media files, should you need to access those for projects. More and more, teachers are assigning projects which require the use of personal photos, and it’s easy to find them from one central location. Transferring photos from your phone to your desktop will not only free up space on your phone, it’ll keep all of your photos backed up and easy to locate when you need them.

To ensure that you’ll be able to print documents at the ready, a wireless printer is a must-have. You can set up the printer with your WiFi at home, or in the dorm and quickly print what you need. Most printers now offer a printer/scanner/copier in one system, which makes it easy to scan things, make copies for class, and print your work. Many printers now have apps that allow you to print directly from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Print something the moment you think of doing it, and it’ll be waiting for you when you do finally make your way to the printer. Be sure to stock up on black and color ink for the printer, and plenty of paper. It’s even a good idea to recycle the ink cartridges when you’re through with them.

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A good pair of headphones or earbuds like the Dacom Magnetic Wireless Earphones is an essential item for the back to school crowd. Headphones come in handy when you want to listen to music, or perhaps replay that lecture you recorded from an earlier class, without disturbing your roommate, or the rest of your family. Headphones and earbuds come in many styles and colors, with all sorts of different features. Select a style that suits your personality and one that feels comfortable when wearing them.

If you need to store a lot of information or media files, you’ll want to invest in a good flash drive or maybe even an external hard drive. Flash drives are perfect for storing files that you may want to transfer from computer to computer. You can easily move information from a laptop to a desktop with a flash drive. A flash drive is super portable, and can often be carried in your pocket, or attached to your key ring. Many students find that they need multiple flash drives to keep their information well organized. Color coding your flash drives may save you time when you need to access your information in a hurry.

Having these electronics will certainly make the school year run more smoothly at home or on campus.