It is back to school/college time again and time to check out new gadgets that are affordable for doing so, with tech being used more today in both school and college here is a few items that might tickle your fancy that are affordable and ideal for your needs.
The Groov-e Kidz Bluetooth headphones are suited for use with all devices, these headphones even include a built-in audio-sharing port so siblings/friends can enjoy watching/listening at the same time. Ideal for homework, remote learning or watching educational videos as well as group learning projects. The Kidz headphones offer up to 7.5 hours wireless playtime however the optional 3.5mm headphone jack means they can continue to be used for even longer. Available in blue or pink.
If getting them to go to sleep at night or get up in the morning is a hassle after the summer holidays, Groov-e Light Curve can help you get them back into a good sleep pattern.
The Light Curve is an alarm and radio with additional sunrise and sunset simulation functions and mood lighting options. The light, which mimics natural daylight, will come on at the selected time, starting off gently and gradually getting brighter until it’s at the optimum level to help rouse sleepy-heads up.
If they have trouble going to sleep, the sunset stimulation mimics the end of the daylight, helping them ease into a relaxing light as they head into slumber.
If they like to read in bed or don’t like to sleep in full darkness, the Light Curve has 10 levels of brightness using its LED lamp. One of the seven coloured mood lighting options can be selected.
Twelve South Compass Pro
Available from Amazon, Very
This sturdy, all-metal folding stand from Twelve South allows creative students to use iPad Pro in three different ways while on the move – ideal for college and university students.
Flipping down the secondary leg turns it into typing/sketching mode – ideal for sketching with Apple Pencil.
Using Compass Pro in portrait mode is ideal for students who use video for study and leisure.
Alternatively Compass Pro can be combined with a wireless keyboard desktop mode to use iPad Pro as a screen – perfect for use in classrooms, libraries, cafes and more.
Groov-e Apollo wireless charger, speaker and desk lamp
The Apollo lamp is a firm favourite for uni students and secondary school pupils, as not only does it serve as a desk lamp with three different light settings, it is also a wireless charging platform for smartphones. What’s more, it even has a built-in Bluetooth speaker so they can listen to their favourite tunes while studying/doing homework! Available in black or white.
Twelve South HoverBar Duo
Available from Amazon, Very
HoverBar Duo is an adjustable iPad and iPhone holder that allows you to position the devices in new ways. Ideal for students who are also streamers/vloggers, podcasters and influencers, the flexible arm has a clamp on the end so it can be attached to a number of different surfaces, allowing creators to position their gadgets at eye level height for recording.
HoverBar Duo is also ideal for teens and students to watch their favourite shows in their bedroom and for remote/online learning and lectures.
The adjustability of the HoverBar Duo also means that students could position their iPad right next to their iMac, external monitor or MacBook to serve as a second, or even third display. Even better, add a wireless keyboard and mouse to create a super comfortable mini desktop setup ideal for studying.
Price: Basic (free), Premium (£4.99 per month), Business (£10.99 per month)
Available from: Apple App Store or Google Play
Evernote automatically saves notes online and makes them available on all devices so you can access them anywhere, anytime. Ideal for students who do a mix of online and in-person studying or like a change of scenery.
The document scanning function is also useful for copying from text books and the Search Handwriting feature identifies words in handwritten pieces.
Essential for students planning to study from cafes or anywhere with public WiFi; F-Secure FREEDOME is an intuitive online privacy and security VPN that lets you stay invisible to online trackers, protects data on public Wi-Fi and changes virtual location. FREEDOME now automatically activates when the app detects a user’s phone connecting to a public network.
In addition to typical VPN capabilities, FREEDOME supports browsing protection, anti-phishing, anti-tracking and Tracker Mapper, protecting users from harmful sites, trackers and apps that want to forward personal data without you knowing about it.
The Pocketalk S language translator is perfect for students who are taking their studies abroad. It can translate 82 languages bi-directionally at the touch of a button and has a text-to-translate camera which instantly recognises and translates text, the written word and signs – ideal if you need help reading menus or are trying to find your way around a new city. By utilising the best translation engines from around the world, Pocketalk S provides consistently accurate translation and creates the best experience by picking up localised dialects and slang. It also comes with a complementary 2-year mobile data plan that provides coverage in over 130 countries/regions so you don’t need to rely on Wi-Fi or Roaming data.
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