Great Gear and Gadgets for Back-to-School
This time of year is always mixed with incredulity, dread and excitement all in one. Back-to-school means back-to-madness for some households with the lunches, the sports, music lessons, the harried schedules…something we are all too familiar with. I’m all about getting organized and it’s tech to the rescue for me for keeping things in check, but also having fun, too.
Here are some great tech picks for easing back into school mode:
How gorgeous is this desk lamp? Not only does it add design flair to any study area, the base is also a wireless charging pad. On top of that, the OLED panel offers an expected lifetime of 20 years. Hopefully the student will have graduated by then. ($299)
So many kids these days are using iPads in classrooms. It’s important to keep these very expensive gadgets protected with cases like the ones from Otterbox. The Symmetry Series Folio for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini are sleek and sophisticated cases that will keep those scratches, dings and drops from doing any harm.For more designs and styles for any mobile device, check out the website. ($70)
JBL Charge 2+
No dorm room would be complete without music, and the JBL Charge 2+ is the perfect student accessory. Totally portable and boasting amazing sound, the Charge 2+ offers a whopping 12-hour battery life for those all-nighters. It also charges devices while music is playing and is splash-proof. ($149.95)
There’s nothing like a good PB&J sandwich, but day-after-day gets a little monotonous. One of my favorite back-to-school apps is called LaLa Lunchbox because it offers a variety of lunchbox options to break up the week and provide healthy food combos. The intuitive and colorful design encourages kids to plan their own lunches too. (Free, iOS)
Another must-have app in my back-to-school (and entire-year) arsenal is Artkive. I’m a huge fan and have been using this for the past couple years. Artkive is an app that lets you digitally preserve all the gorgeous artwork your kids bring home. Simply snap a photo and it creates a library of masterpieces by artist. I already have a closet of treasures but this lets me keep even the pages with one doodle or scribbly line. ($4.99, iOS and Android)
For more fantastic ideas for back-to-school gear and gadgets, please check out my article on the Huffington Post.