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It's time to send the rugrats back to school and young adults everywhere are leaving the nest and moving to campus. I recently took time away from Gnomedex 9 to jump on KGW's The Square "Live @ 7" to share some back to school tech tips.
First up, gadgets!
LiveScribe Digital Pen ($150+) – Amazon. Take notes with a digital pen, record voice annotations, and search the text you wrote and save for later. It's high-tech paper and pen!
Texas Instruments TI-89 Graphing Calculator ($140) – Amazon. The latest in graphing calculators from TI, the TI-89 is a must-have for back-to-school math. Plugs into your USB and even runs apps!
Griffin AirCurve Acoustic Amp for iPhone ($20) It's an amplifier without wires, cables, or batteries. Using acoustic molding and a clever tunnel of sound, the Aircurve jumps your volume up 10db. Perfect for iPhone!
Speck Products Laptop Backpack ($100) Use code "BMW25" for 25% all Speck Products. Get a stylish laptop bag that protects your new notebook!
- Focus on RAM, screen, keyboard
- Battery Life critical
- Storage doesn’t matter, but…
- Portability does
Mac vs. PC?
- Personal preference
- Coursework may determine
- windows 7 Coming soon
Tech dorm essentials
- Plenty of spares!
- Ink cartridges
- Extra power supply, batteries, etc.
- Extra cables
- Backup plans
Helpful Back-to-School Websites:
http://www.chegg.com – rent textbooks like netflix, save money!
http://evernote.com -- capture notes, comments, clips on your phone or web
http://www.curriki.org -- Curriculum Wiki, perfect for educators and parents to help students