The classroom is becoming increasingly digital as colleges adopt more technology to cut costs and improve the student experience. That's why parents of college-bound graduates may need to rethink their approach when it comes to back-to-school shopping - Traditional staples like pens and paper are still important for a college education, but have taken a back seat to smartphones, tablets and Wi-FI access. Making sure your kids are ready for college means ensuring they have the technology necessary to stay competitive in the classroom. Look over this list to learn more about which tech accessories are essential for going back-to-school.
1. Portable drive
Email provides one of the most convenient ways for students to communicate with one another and share files. However, Internet connections can sometimes be unpredictable, even on the most technologically advanced campuses. That's why important to back up your files and always have another form of data storage available. Portable USB drives are a handy solution, making them a must-have for any back-to-school shopping list.
2. Protective cases
Unfortunately, high tech devices like smartphones and tablets that can help your student with their education are also the most vulnerable to accidents. That's why it’s vital to protect your student’s tablets and phones by equipping them with a case that will keep their techsafe in case of an accident. This small investment can help you avoid a costly replacement in the future and can add a stylish statement a student’s device
3. HDMI cables
HDMI standardization is making it easier than ever to plug computers into peripheral devices with minimal set-up or settings adjustments. This convenience is critical in college settings where students are regularly asked to do in-class demonstrations - the ability to easily connect a laptop to another device will come in handy all four years. That's why it makes sense for parents to toss a few extra HDMI cords into their child's box for college.
4. Multiple chargers
There's nothing worse than losing a smartphone charger and not being able to plug in a dying smartphone. Likewise, students can find themselves in sticky situations if they misplace their charger but need their smartphone for class or to get around. That's why it never hurts to visit your local Wireless Zone and invest in a few extra device chargers for your student.
5. Reliable surge protector
College apartments and dorm rooms are typically chock full of electronics. Finding a place to plug them all in, including your student's computer or printer, can be a challenge. Investing in a new surge protector is a great way to make sure that your student can operate all his new devices in safety and convenience
6. Backup printer
Most school campuses have plenty of resources for cheap student printing. However, computer labs aren't always open and sometimes students won't have time for a last-minute trip to the library. In situations like these, your college-bound graduates will be happy you supplied them with a simple, workable printer for their room.
8. Bluetooth Speaker
A speaker system that connects to your student’s device has a lot of versatility. From playing voice memos and recorded lectures to providing relaxing music to distress and study by during finals, the applications of a quality speaker are endless. Pump up some motivational music before a trip to the campus gym or do some work-outs to your favorite songs right in your dormitory with roommates and friends. Celebrate after big project with a dorm room dance party—just be sure to respect the rules of your housing’s quite hours before turning up the tunes too loudly.
7. Mobile Hotspot
Some campuses might not be completely wireless, so a mobile hotspot lets students connect multiple devices to 4G LTE access anywhere they go. Library and computer labs overcrowded during finals week? Then spread out with your devices and a blanket on the quad for a relaxing study atmosphere with signal strength provided by your very own mobile connection.
Provide your student with the tools for success before their next semester. Visit your local Wireless Zone® for a great selection of tech accessories and devices for back to school!