• Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert

Back-to-School and Stay-at-Home Tech Items Your Kids Need This School Year



With the COVID-19 pandemic, your kid's classroom experiences are going to look a lot different this school year. Some school districts are planning class as usual, some are planning to stick with online classes to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and I know some of you are planning to look at homeschooling options as well. While some school districts provide laptops, hot spots, and other equipment to students many still expect students to have their own gadgets to be able to complete their assignments. Also, during this pandemic, it's important to have tech that can help keep your kids safe from infection. You know I'm always on top of what tech items are the best for every situation, so here is my of items to get regardless of where your kid is spending their school year.


If You're sending the kids back to school, here are the tech items you need:


  • Tech21 Microbial Phone Case. This phone case is available for both Apple and Android devices. Once installed, this microbial case promises to kill 99.9% of germs. Reducing the chances of getting COVID19.

  • Tahnoshi 2-1 Computer. Yes, most tech folks recommend getting a MacBook or Windows computer for back to school, but if you're looking for a cost-effective 2-1 computer for school, consider this Android tablet.

  • BlueDio BlueTooth Headphones. Every kid needs a pair of headphones for school, so why not get on these Bluetooth headphones that won't break the bank. You know your kids are bound to break or lose them, so get something inexpensive with good sound.

  • Mophie Power Boost XXL Universal External Battery. If your kid is headed back and forth to school, they will need to charge their gadgets at some point. This battery can charge a smartphone and tablet simultaneously.

  • Phone Soap Go. I think by now everyone knows about PhoneSoap. If you don't, this handle device will fit into your kids backpack and allow them to disinfect their smartphone with UV rays and charge it at the same time. You can also disinfect smaller items like cards and keys as well.


If You're Keeping Your Kids Home, here are the tech items you need:


  • NetGear Powerline Wifi. If you have weak wifi around your house, you'll want to pick this up immediately. Powerline adapters direct your internet signal through your home's power lines to those dead wifi areas in your home. It's plug and play. Just plug it into an outlet and you're ready for wifi.

  • Ottlite Command LED Desk Lamp with Voice Assistant. Looking for a light for your desk look no further. This light has a USB port to charge your devices, helps reduce eyestrain and works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa Devices

  • HomeSoap/Air Soap. Home Soap will sanitize those larger tech items around the home such as game systems, remotes, smartphones and tablets. Air Soap will sanitize the air in your home, keeping you and your family safe.

  • Logitech C920 WebCam. If your student needs a good for remote learning, the C920 is one of the best cameras on the market. The webcam with built in microphone works great with desktop devices or older computers that don't have an HD camera.

  • Amazon Echo Show 5 Compact. The compact version of the show is great for that home student to set an alarm, get help with homework questions, listen to audio books, watch Amazon Prime video and chat with family and friends.

  • Epson Eco Tank Printer/ HP Smart Tank Printer. Tank printers are taking over standard cartridge printers. They print more pages and you don't have to worry about the cartridges drying out. Also, they are smartphone and tablet ready which means your student can print from any device.

Back to school promises to be a challenge this school year, but in our digital age, getting your students to head off to school or 'work' from home should make things easier for you. If you take the time to look at this list and purchase the right tech for your students, you and your family won't miss a beat with education.


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