Your Back-to-School Tech-Checklist

Aug 24, 2022

Now more than ever, technology plays an important role in how students are learning. Tech Expert Andrea Smith shares her favorite new tools to make way for a successful school year. From grade school to post-grad, she’ll talk about the best gadgets to help students stay ahead of the (learning) curve. 

HP Instant Ink

Heading back to school after the summer just got easier with HP’s Instant Ink subscription service – whether you’re a parent stocking up on supplies or a student heading to college, it’s a must-have for the semester ahead. 
Instead of buying cartridges, you pay a low monthly fee based on how often you print. Plans start at $0.99 a month and cover ink, shipping, and recycling. 
  • It’s smarter to pay for prints, not cartridges.
  • Eco-friendly with recycling of cartridges, recycled content used to make the cartridges, and less packaging and fewer shipments when using a subscription leading to reduced energy usage. 
  • Ink is delivered to your door only when you need it — no stockpiling cartridges like other subscriptions. What’s even better is you only pay for the pages you print, at the lowest cost per print.
  • Get bonus 6 months FREE when you purchase HP ENVY Inspire 7955e All-in-One Printer (currently on sale for $199.99 at

MSRP: plans beginning at $0.99/month

Adobe Express

Adobe tools have always been known as the top choice for professional creators, whether they’re designers, photographers, filmmakers, or illustrators. Enter Adobe Express, a new web and mobile based app that puts the capabilities of professional design tools in the hands of everyone!

As students prepare to head back to the classroom, Adobe Express is the fast and easy solution for creating anything, from science fair posters to social studies infographics, flashcards and so much more. Plus, Adobe Express is available for free on the web and mobile for all users, giving it the power to put accessible creative tools in directly the hands of students at all levels, to help unlock imagination, inspiration, and collaboration.

Students will love creating with Adobe Express, with access to thousands of templates customized for education so they can jump right in. Adobe Express is also available for free for K-12 teachers in the U.S., giving educators the ability to view and moderate student projects in progress, manage student accounts and stay organized in minutes. 

Adobe Express integrates with your favorite EdTech tools and LMS’s allowing for easy sign in and management. Create, assign, and grade student projects directly from Google Classroom and Canvas. Through Adobe Education Exchange, educators will have resources at their fingertips. 

MSRP: Free (with paid premium options)

OtterBox Wireless Fast Charge Power Banks

It’s really important to make sure the devices are all powered up and ready for school. OtterBox Wireless Fast Charge Power Banks are sleek and fast charge enabled to power up your kid’s devices before and during school.

OtterBox Power Banks range from 5,000 mAh to 20,000 mAh and are built to last in every setting from home office to rugged adventure. They are available in ultra-rugged premium and super sleek standard options with fast charge and wireless technologies available.

OtterBox also has a full range of power products beyond power banks including wall and car chargers, cables and even Made for MagSafe power products. Check out all of this and more at


MSRP: $39.95