Your Tech Study Buddy: New Tech Gear for This Season
Jun 27, 2016
By: Dan Ketchum
Ideas crafted over the cloud, global virtual classrooms made possible by hi-def drone footage, and brainstorms instantly realized by 3D printers — these are just some of the things that make today's learning environment more dynamic, engaging and collaborative. This forward-thinking approach to learning isn't just relegated to the classroom. From the first steps of the journey to the moment when graduation caps hit the air, today's tech serves as a multifaceted study buddy and an indispensable part of the student experience.
Tech Buddies: The Early Years
Kids 2 and under learn best from real-world interactions, but those over 3 are mentally stimulated by the visual experience of touchscreen learning. Sights and sounds capture attention, and repeated exercises heighten retention. Your smartphone is a portal to a whole world of learning apps, but it's also an investment. Protect it from tumbles and keep it ready for learning with a mophie Juice Pack Helium Charging Case. An external battery reserve like mophie's 1X keeps the edu-apps flowing whether your kids are learning on a tablet or your smartphone.
Making the Middle School Transition
Independence, trust, and accountability all come into play when it's time to get your child a laptop. Tools such as the touch screen HP laptop with Windows 10 are a natural fit as more schools adopt online bulletin boards, Skype-powered conferencing and on-the-fly research. Colorful multimedia accessories like Altec Lansing's Dual Motion Bluetooth speaker give your learners a sonically compelling reason to immerse themselves in study, music or the latest TED Talk. Fast-Paced Learning for High Schoolers
As the bold aesthetics of Casio's pink scientific calculator and its matching case shake up syllabus-required tech, your high schooler's learning environment is more mobile now than ever. Shared group projects, in-class presentations, and on-the-fly printing at the computer lab call for a compact, spacious storage device your student won't be embarrassed to carry everywhere. Lexar's 64GB JumpDrive S75 series — which comes in a rainbow of colors — fits the bill to a tee.
Independence and Flexibility: University Gear
The college years are all about a flexible, immersive learning environment. As university expands on the foundations laid in K-12, your college student's tech tools must expand to meet more intricate and demanding coursework. Epson's Expression ET-2550 EcoTank Supertank combines printing, scanning and copying to turn every dorm into a makerspace. A hefty 2TB hard drive like Western Digital's My Passport Ultra safely stores everything from high-def short films to complex CAD files.
Regardless of whether your kids are learning their ABCs or you are preparing for the big jump from high school graduation to college life, your tech can help get you there.
Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, the Houston Chronicle, Motley Fool and more.
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