School will start again soon, and it may look different than it did last fall, thanks to ongoing concerns with Coronavirus. Technology played a bigger role than ever at the end of last school year due to distance learning. What kind of technology might your student need this year to ensure they are well-equipped?
Getting your student up on time is an important part of getting the day off to a good start and there are lots of ways to do it. We recommend skipping the cold bucket of water. Instead, try smart lights, which let you use your phone to turn lights on and off, set to whatever schedule you’d like. You can program the lights to get gradually brighter, much like a natural sunrise.
Earbuds are key to your student being able to concentrate on their work, without the rest of the household having to tune into the lesson. When it comes to earbuds, there is a world of options. Here are a few things to take into consideration before making the purchase:
- Do you want to go wireless or will your student lose them if they are not connected to a cord?
- If going wireless, consider the quoted battery life of the product and how much your student might use them every day. Wireless earbuds are charged in a charging case, which also needs to be charged usually after every third or fourth time it’s used.
- How much control do you want? More expensive earbuds come with controls that will allow you to control volume, give voice commands and more. Less expensive ear buds do not have such controls, which means you must have your phone or computer nearby to perform those functions.
- Does your student have a hard time concentrating when there is background noise? Some earbuds come with a noise-cancelling option, but be aware that those type of earbuds are usually more expensive, and the battery life is not as robust.
The average age that a person gets their first cell phone in the United States is about ten years old. For students in junior high and beyond, cell phones have become integral to their school career. Students may be asked to access education-related sites like Schoology, Google Classrooms, or Khan Academy. Staying in touch with their grades usually requires access to a campus portal of some kind.
Help your kids stay connected by making sure their phone is up to the task. Consider these few points when determining if it’s time to invest in a new phone:
- The battery doesn’t get you through the day.
- The touch screen doesn’t respond immediately.
- Storage capacity is always maxed out.
- Browser takes too long to load new sites.
- Updated apps won’t run or crash often.
- Your phone suddenly, inexplicably shuts down.
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