5 Back-to-School Gadgets That Will Make Your Kids Smarter
According to a 2011 survey from Project Tomorrow, a California-based educational non-profit, nearly half of all high school students and more than a third of middle school students owned a smart phone (as well as 20% of third-through-fifth graders, and even 15% of those in K-through-second). The majority of high school and junior high students owned a laptop, and around 10% of all students had a tablet device of some kind, such as an iPad.
And beyond updating their Facebook and Twitter profiles, students are using mobile tech to enhance their educations. For example, the same survey found that 74% of students use their mobile devices to check grades; 68% conduct school research; 59% take notes in class; 53% collaborate with friends; and 44% access online textbooks.
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So whether it’s for the recent high school grad settling into college life or for those still working their way up the K-through-12 ladder, technology is as important for a new school year as any supplies you’ll pick up at Office Max. But there’s also no reason to go broke investing in the latest and greatest gadget to hit the market when there are so many affordable, quality options available. Here are some of your best bets for enhancing young minds that won’t break the bank.