Returning back to school this fall, while still in a pandemic, has its challenges from some students returning to the classroom while other students are opting to do distance learning. This year for our back-to-school guide for tech gadgets and accessories, we have included products that can be used either for remote learning or in the classroom for the different age groups.
Planet Buddies has a range of holders for tablets based with a variety of characters who represent endangered, vulnerable, and threatened species from all over the world. With a bean bag design that helps to improve your child’s posture, reducing neck and upper back strain, the cushion stand allows you to adjust your tablet from landscape to portrait modes. The cushion stand also features two discreet and convenient pockets for storing small items such as your smartphone or charger. The tablet cushion stand features soft, high-quality fabric made from 100% polyester and is easy to wipe clean. It retails for $24.99 and can be found here: https://www.planetbuddies.com/us/tablet-accessories.
Boogie Board’s VersaTiles is an alternative for messy dry erase boards and letter boards. VersaTiles message boards are perfect for writing messages, quotes, menus and reminders. The VersaTiles message board uses Boogie Board’s patented technology, which means you can write with the included VersaPencil stylus or anything you have on hand. These message boards are an ideal size for having multiples but can live on their own, integrating seamlessly with any home décor. The VersaTiles memo board comes with a built-in mounting strip so it’s great to hang on a wall in a kitchen, bedroom or office. It retails for $29.99 and can be purchased here: https://myboogieboard.com/products/versatiles-memo-board?_pos=2&_psq=versa&_ss=e&_v=1.0.
The X5 is a portable and foldable wand powered by 20 UV-C LEDs to disinfect and eliminate up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. If you are worried about going back to the classroom, ride-sharing with the kids, flu season or rooming with someone new this fall this is perfect for you. It retails for $79.99 and can be found here. Hyper is also doing a Back-to-School promotion for more of their products from USB-C Hubs to battery packs. For a limited time, get $20 off with code 20SCHOOL at checkout here.
myFirst SketchBook is a 10” portable drawing pad with instant digitization that gives kids the pen on paper experience while using its smart writing system. The sketchbook delivers a seamless experience to transfer your child’s work to your preferred devices by pairing it with myFirst SketchBook app. It’s for children ages 6+ years old and retails for $98.50 USD. To purchase please visit https://store.myfirst.tech/products/myfirst-sketch-book?variant=34691425894533.
The Gabb Watch triples as a cell phone, GPS device, and interactive watch. Parents can customize a contact list (10 parent-approved and managed contacts) and can avoid distraction during school hours with “Lock Mode” (Child and guardian can still contact each other in this mode). They can also customize and receive notifications when their child leaves and enters “Safe Zones.” Its sweat, water-resistant, and 100% resistant against dirt and sand & tested to work for 30 minutes under 1 meter of water. It retails for $99.00 however you will also need to purchase a plan. Gabb monthly plans include coverage on a nationwide 4G LTE network and users receive unlimited talk/ text services to the approved contacts. Gabb watch can be purchased here: https://gabbwireless.com/product/gabbwatch/.
The Standard Issue backpacks are fully loaded with room for your books, tech and gear and then some. They feature a sturdy standalone clamshell body, ergonomically molded padding for maximum comfort, & a comfortable foam-grip carrying handle. The backpacks are made of weather-resistant materials, dedicated side laptop access and storage & a pass-through strap to securely attach to rolling luggage. Perfect from going class to class they also feature an interior with multi-organization dividers, multiple compartments and pockets, & a fleece-lined top-loading tech locker. They retail from $99.95 – $119.95 and can be purchased here: https://www.urbanarmorgear.com/collections/backpacks.
The Catalyst Waterproof Cases for iPads provides 360 protection – most importantly – allows users to wash it with soap and water, completely submerge in water up to 6.6 feet and sanitize it with alcohol-based solutions without damaging the device or degrading the material of the case. It’s drop proof to 4 feet which is critical for the daily bumps it will take in a backpack, at school, or outdoors. Catalyst Waterproof Case for the current generation iPad is $129.99. To shop all cases please visit: https://www.catalystlifestyle.com/collections/ipad-cases.
Glocalme’s TriForce Mobile WiFi Hotspot and Power Bank
Glocalme’s TriForce is a tough mobile WiFi hotspot providing you with the most reliable 4G LTE connection with a 7,000 mAh battery charger for external devices. The power bank features 3 output ports and a hard casing, becoming the most reliable companion to keep you connected, consistently. It retails for $139.99 (without the data plan) and can be found here: https://www.glocalme.com/US/m/mall/product_choose?deviceType=TriForce.
BaseLynx organizes and charges your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and more using one power source. Connect each module in your preferred order and add more as needed. Charge Three Devices (iPad, iPhones, portable gaming systems, Etc.) with one 18W USC Power Delivery, and two 12W USB-A ports. Compatible with iPhone 8 – iPhone 12 (For other devices please check site) and retails for $149.99. To purchase please visit: https://www.scosche.com/baselynx-kit.
With active noise-canceling tech and 6 microphones, make yourself loud and clear on calls and video chats. Advanced Active Noise Cancellation blocks unwanted background noise for better focus. Memory Foam Fits: all-day work comfort for your business-casual needs. Buy one pair of earbuds, get a second pair 40% off (discount to apply to equal or lesser priced item). Retails for $149.99 and can be found here: https://rayconglobal.com/products/the-work-earbuds-e85?variant=32975420981271.
Perfect for audio, video, photography, graphics, gaming, and general data storage/backup use, the OWC Envoy Pro FX is the fastest, most compatible portable drive ever. By supporting the max performance capability of any interface up to 2800MB/s, it’s dustproof, crushproof, and waterproof, so it can safely transfer gigabytes of data in seconds anywhere. It’s advanced storage technology with TRIM support works with Thunderbolt to deliver the fastest and most reliable portable drive performance available today. Never loose your data or term paper again! Depending on storage size pricing begins at $219.00 and can be purchased here: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-envoy-pro-fx.
The IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook (13”, 6) flexible 360-degree hinge makes flipping to any mode a cinch and it’s 13.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD touchscreen with narrow bezel display and 250 nits of brightness lets you see the big picture at just 1.35kg (2.98 lbs) light. Stream audio that’s remarkably clear with its enhanced stereo speakers and built-in amplifier certified by Waves MaxxAudio through high-quality tuning presets for expert audio precision. With up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge4 and up to 11th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, this 2-in-1 is designed to let you run programs and nearly all your favorite apps at the same time with no distractions. Retails for $424.99 with eCoupon: B2SCHOOLDB3 and can be purchased here.
1MORE has a variety of headphones and earbuds in different price points and specs. Unlock 15% student discount at 1MORE with Student Beans. Use the 1MORE student discount code at the checkout to enjoy 15% off your order. For instant access to this discount simply register and verify your student status with Student Beans. It’s free to register here: https://usa.1more.com/pages/studentbeans.
We hope you all have a safe return to school for Fall 2021, whether it’s remote or live. Remember success is in the eye of the beholder!
Source: Lenovo, OWC, 1More, Planet Buddies, Catalyst, Raycon, Hyper, My First, Scosche, GlocalMe, Urban Amor Gear, Gabb Wireless, Boogie Board