Back-to-School Technology

Jul 30, 2021

Over the past year we’ve really seen educators rise to the challenges of hybrid learning by finding new and creative solutions to best support student learning. So, whether students are headed back into the classroom or continuing remote learning (or both!), it’s time to start thinking about the tools needed to ease the transition and set students up for success.

Tech Expert, Andrea Smith, helps tackle your back-to-school shopping list by revealing her favorite gadgets for students and teachers alike.

Laptops Made for Portability

Portability is key, whether your student is headed to the classroom or learning online, and the LG Gram 15 tops my list this season because of its ultra slim, lightweight design.   It has an HD Webcam for online learning, and you can leave the charger behind as it boasts up to 19 hours of battery life with a battery that doesn't quit.

It’s running the latest Intel Core processors and has a Full HD IPS display so you’ll get brilliant color and clarity, making it perfect for photo editing, streaming videos, graphics and even gaming.

The LG Gram comes in 14 to 17-inch models as well as 2-in-1 options that transform to tablet mode for double duty.

The Impact of Lighting

If you need some help getting into back-to-school mode - the right lights can make all the difference. Wiz Connected light bulbs offer a wide spectrum of color and white light so you can set the mood for whatever you’re doing.

When it’s time to settle down to study or do homework, use the energizing white light in the ‘Focus’ setting. Try the relaxing warm light to wind down before bed, or you can even create routines or useful scenes by using presets of color and dimness.

WiZ lights work with your existing home Wi-Fi and you can control these lights with your smartphone or with your favorite voice assistant.

WiZ is a simple, easy to use, and affordable solution. For a limited time you can pick up a bundle that includes a 2-pack of the WiZ Color and Tunable White and a WiZmote for 10% off at Best Buy.

Tech Deals that Give Back

If Back to School season means shopping for a smartphone for your student, head to T-Mobile where you can help other students with school supplies as well.

T-Mobile, America’s 5G leader, is partnering with DonorsChoose to help fund school projects, buy supplies, and support teachers and students across the country.  They are also donating a million dollars to the organization.

There are some great back to school offers for the whole family as well, including free iPhone 12s when you trade-in an eligible device or get half-off family lines.  Metro by T-Mobile customers can also score an iPhone 12 mini on Us – a first in prepaid - just in time for the school year.