Category: Back to School Tech

The best preschool apps: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

Back-to-school is in the air and even young preschoolers can benefit from a little extra help at home with the help of fun educational apps, the latest feature in our Back to School Tech Guide. Some little kids’ apps are more educational than others, but each of these 8 picks engage those little preschool minds and get them thinking. And don’t forget to check out our recent round-up of additional free educational apps for all ages too. So many options! -Jeana Endless Alphabet (iOS) There is no lack of learning with this awesome educational app that’s become a cult parent favorite....

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Best laptop backpacks: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

If you’ve got a kid going back to school with precious digital cargo, don’t just dump it in a standard canvas backpack pocket and hope it makes it home alive. As part of our back to school tech guide, we’ve narrowed down 6 of the coolest, best-rated, protective laptop backpacks for all kinds of students, all kinds of situations and all kinds of style. Hope there’s one that’s perfect for you. WHEN YOU HAVE LOTS TO CARRY: Dakine Vault Laptop Backpack Ideal for 15″ laptops or tablets (though it claims to fit a 17″), the Vault looks smart with suede...

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The best math apps for kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

We’re pretty diligent around here about making sure our kids understand math concepts, and math apps can be a helpful and even fun way to get them excited about it. Year after year, math just keeps building on itself, so it’s super important for students to feel comfortable before they move on. So we’ve gathered the best math apps for kids from preschool on up, to help kids grasp those skills and practice them on the most exciting platforms. MATH APPS FOR PRESCHOOLERS Love to Count ($3.99 iPhone+iPad) Find hundreds of logic puzzles involving pirates (cute ones) which all...

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High tech school supplies: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

While there’s no shortage of computers and other assorted gadgets that kid need for the back to school season, we continue our 2013 back to school tech guide focusing on some of the cooler gadget and high-tech school supplies this year for older students. With any hope, a few of these might make returning to those 6 AM alarms a little more easier to tolerate. Maybe? Kinda?   iSnooze iPhone alarm dock Just slide your iPhone into this dock and it turns into an alarm clock with a giant, old school snooze bar. Just don’t use it too much....

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Best laptops for kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

Ah, homework. The bane of many parents’ back-to-school existence. With more serious homework comes the requisite serious computer these days, so here are our picks for the best laptops for kids to consider for your student. -Jeana Recently, Kristen wrote a helpful post on options for finding a first laptop for your child including the option of refurbished unit, which is a viable alternative to buying new. But if you are looking for something shiny right out of the box, here are four ideas we think you’ll like. Asus X501U We recently covered this computer (above) and dubbed it...

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The best free educational apps for kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

It’s not easy tracking down free educational apps for kids–or at least the good ones. And we have pretty stringest standards for what makes an app good. So we’re excited to launch our second back-to-school tech guide, starting with stuff you don’t have to shop for at all. Or at least not put down any credit cards. Here, the best of the best in various platforms from preschoolers and early learners, right up through high school and beyond. FOR EARLY READERS: Learn With Homer (iPad) However you feel about the Common Core Curriculum, this iPad app does an outstanding...

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The coolest back to school tech that you might have missed!

Time for the four Rs: Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic, and Really Cool Tech. Here are some of our favorite techy picks for Back to School, all in one handy place.  1. Coolest Laptop Bags for Big Kids – If your kid is taking a laptop or tablet to school, last year’s rangy backpack isn’t going to cut it. Here are five great choices to keep tech– and backs– safe. Bonus: They’ll work for you too!  2. Must-Have Apps for Parents – Make your own life easier with these handy apps just for parents! Organization, scheduling, volunteering, reading, cooking, chores, and scrapbooking are...

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Back to School Tech: Educational apps for big kids

With so many of our big kids using tech gadgets on a daily basis, it seems only natural that they’d use them school. So for our final installment in our Back to School Tech series, we’ve rounded up some of the best educational apps for big kids, tweens, and teens. From the best science and math apps, to handy ways for them to keep track of homework and stay organized, these apps all get an A+ in our book.  Chemistry: NOVA Elements App  From the two full two-hour video of NOVA’s Hunting the Elements special with David Pogue, to the interactive...

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Back to School Tech – Gadgets and services to keep parents organized

Now that the school year has started for nearly all of us, we’re starting to realize, whoa, we really need better organization around here. Getting organized at the start of the school year is one of the keys to staying organized–and not finding yourself neck-deep in art projects and unsigned permission slips (oops) come November. Here, just a few of the gadgets we love that help keep us organized. Doxie Go This on-the-go scanner let’s you scan artwork, receipts, class rosters–you name it. It runs on rechargeable battery and syncs with your computer via USB–or WiFi if you have an Eye-Fi...

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Back to School Tech: Cool gadgets + gear for big kids

Our tweens and teens heading back to school aren’t satisfied with cute erasers and personalized pencils anymore. They want tech! Aside from all those tablets and phones and laptops they’ve got 400 good reasons they need, here are a few little doodads to make the return to the classroom a little more cool. Alarm clock + Charging dock combosIf you’d like your kiddo to take a little more responsibility for getting himself up in the morning (i.e. can Mom ever sleep in?) check out our round-up of three cool iPod docking stations that also double as alarm clocks. With big digital...

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