Back to school tech is the focus today. With so many school districts opting for partial or full remote learning and so many parents opting to homeschool, tech is more important than ever this year. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the best back to school tech to give your child everything he or she needs for remote learning.
5 Back to School Tech Essentials
These five tech items are essential for remote learning and make homeschooling easier, as well. Using these items, your children will be able to take full advantage of their online and video conferencing lessons.
A Good Laptop
A good laptop is crucial for remote learning or homeschooling. You’ll notice I specified a laptop rather than any kind of computer. That’s because laptops offer the most flexibility. Laptops can be carried anywhere, and work well for families on the move while homeschooling or remote learning. In addition, laptops generally have built-in webcams which means you don’t have to buy an extra piece of tech to do video learning classes.
Choose a laptop with plenty of RAM and hard disk space so that the kids will be able to muli-task without the computer lagging and have plenty of storage for files, videos, and the like. Unless your child will also be using the laptop for gaming, integrated graphics will be sufficient, as well.
If your child already has a desktop computer or a laptop that is good but just doesn’t have a webcam, you’ll need to purchase one. Webcams are widely available and not overly expensive. Opt for one with full 1080p resolution so that everyone can see them clearly.
A Good Tablet
Tablets make excellent remote learning tools. They’re even more portable than laptops, and they offer children the opportunity to study, research, and connect quite easily. These days, many tablets are almost as powerful as laptops, so the kids will have everything they need even when their laptop isn’t an option in the moment.
External Hard Drive
External hard drives are a great addition to any list of back to school tech, especially for remote learning. These are great for storing extra files of all types from worksheets to papers, videos, photos, and more.
External hard drives also offer affordable storage expansion options for children who already have a serviceable laptop that might not have enough hard disk storage included.
Remote or homeschool learning requires even more focus than classroom learning. Home is where the heart AND the distractions are. A quality set of noise-canceling headphones allows your kids to focus on their teacher and their work instead of the dog barking in the background, the younger kids fighting, or the television.
Other Great Back to School Tech Picks
In addition to the above five, I have to add routers and all in one printers to the list of back to school tech picks that could prove useful to your child while he or she is remote learning.
From a better router to printers and other miscellaneous tech, the goal is to help you outfit your home and give your child the best remote learning experience possible.