Aug 22, 2013
Students Without Limits, Tech Tools for Back to School
100s of books and movies all stored in one small device. You do not have to carry or transport multitude of books that might have started reading or plan to read during the school year. Entire library is easily available and even some of the textbooks can now be accessed via iPad or Kindle.
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Reusable BPA-free water bottle to re-hydrate the body and mind. Water is essential for students. While it might be accessible at lunch time, it is quite expensive to keep buying bottles for the dorm room. Reusable bottles come in handy, as they can be refilled at locations on campus and taken along to class. H2O to go.
Rechargeable batteries and battery charger
Phones and some other high tech gadgets come with lithium batteries that can be recharged. It is a good idea to keep a spare just in case you run out of juice and cannot wait for battery to charge back up.
To keep your batteries available for more important gadgets such as games and remotes, Bedol Water Clock alarm does not need batteries. This cool looking clock runs on standard tap water. Just fill it up, and it will keep on ticking. Squirt Bedol Water Clock
Noise-canceling headphones to tune out distractions and concentrate on task. Music just makes the day go faster and helps you immerse in your own world and your work. A good pair would isolate all that noise from your neighbors and others so you would
FitBit - it is a wrist wrap that keeps track of your activity such as steps, distance traveled, and calories. It is designed to monitor your consumption, though it is also can help you sleep and wake you up better. Which would be great for going back to waking up earlier at the start of the school year.
To transport all the gadgets and e-books, as well as to keep them charged, you would need a backpack.
Bags, such as the Powerbag, come with a charging pack that can recharge your smartphone, tablet and other gadgets while on en route. This way they are ready for use once you arrive.
Private Wi-Fi - a public WiFi hotspot can be a great find, however it can also put all of your info at risk. Hackers and unscrupulous folks in the vicinity might be able grab your passwords and other data via open network. Instead, you can sign up for and use Private Wi-Fi. This monthly service acts as your own virtual private network. So wherever in the world you sign in, your location and data will be masked in a way that allows you to safely email, browse, IM, and Facebook.
Just about every student these days will be going to school with a smartphone. With all of the texting, downloading and talking, the juice is due to go low pretty quick. It would be a good idea to have a travel phone charger with you just in case. Or better yet, enclose your phone in a case that is also a charger.
Another useful gadget is ZOMM Wireless Leash for Mobile Phones. This gadget wirelessly connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and alerts you when you are more than 30 feet away from your phone. It's a perfect device for those prone to leaving the dorm without their cell phones. ZOMM also has a built-in panic alarm that can be activated with a simple press of a button. Continue to hold that button, and ZOMM will automatically call any emergency number of your choice. It comes with fully functioning speakerphone with a noise-canceling microphone, belt/bag clip, instructions manual, wall charger, and USB cable.
USB flash drive
Nowadays you can one small stick that will hold 16 gigs or more of your music movies and reports. It is a great idea to back up anything you do on your computer no matter how solid you think it is. You can keep one I your bag, your room to make sure you have one at any time.
Students looking to save money and avoid lugging around heavy textbooks are able to rent textbooks on their Kindle eReader devices through Amazon. This service offers savings up to 80% off the list price of the print textbook: Kindle Textbook Rental
And who can travel to school without some beverage in tow. Beerdaleer by Timbuk2 fits on just about any bag strap either backpack or messenger bag.
Sound-off: What are you packing to get yourself or others back to school? Let us know below
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