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Tomorrow marks the first day of school here in the Pacific Northwest – which means it’s time to stock up on all those school supplies! When I was a child, back-to-school shopping consisted of things like pencils and Trapper Keepers; but things have gotten a lot more high-tech since we were kids!
Thanks to the widespread availability of innovative technology, kids and parents alike have now have access to incredible tools for saving time and making life easier. But since back-to-school shopping has changed so much, how do us adults know what is essential in today’s educational landscape? What tools will best help kids learn those vital STEM skills that every single child growing up in today’s world needs for their future? And what techie timesavers can make those rushed schoolday mornings a little easier for everyone? So to help narrow it down, we’ve put together this back-to-school technology shopping guide featuring MomStart’s favorite items for your futuristic family!
These are our favorite products across all categories for back-to-school 2019:
ZINK Photo Paper
Utilizing ZINK Zero Ink® printing technology, Canon, Kodak and Polaroid empower this generation of mobile photo consumers to not only share and enjoy their everyday experiences, but to also create lasting memories. ZINK®, which stands for Zero Ink, is a full-color printing system that eliminates the need for ink cartridges or ribbons. The absence of bulky cartridges and ribbons align ZINK Paper with the needs of on-the-go smartphone photographers who want sleek, portable devices that fit in their pocket.
All the color required for printing an image or text is embedded in the paper itself. ZINK Paper prints in less than one minute, does not smear or fade, and is water-resistant. It's also sticky on the back so users can turn their photos into stickers. ZINK Paper - All the colors required for high-quality, photographic printing are embedded in the ZINK photo paper, which is waterproof, and tear- and smudge resistant, and adhesive-backed.
Demand for instant print images grows exponentially each day. Appropriately described as the selfie generation, tweens and millennials flock to image-based social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, which, according to eMarketer, are the preferred mediums of more than 190 million social network users in the U.S.
And for teachers, inkless printing means no messy toner or ink cartridges when used for scrapbooking, arts and crafts, label printing and many other everyday activities. AND, since most of us already carry a high-end camera everywhere you go in the form of our smartphone, these devices combine the flexibility and fun of using filters and image editing on your phone with the delight of having a printed copy of your photo – without having to purchase (or carry) another device.
Canon IVY Mobile Mini Photo Printer
The Canon IVY printer is small enough to take pretty much anywhere. Simply connect the printer to your phone via Bluetooth and start producing physical copies of your fondest memories. With the Canon IVY companion app, you can even liven up your pictures with filters, borders, and fun graphics before printing them. The compatible Canon printer paper is the perfect size to carry around in your wallet, and has an adhesive back that can stick to most surfaces.
-PRINT FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
-PRINT VIA BLUETOOTH
-PRINT INSTANT 2"X3" PHOTOS
-PEEL & STICK BACK
-NO INK NEEDED!
KODAK ZINK 2″x3″ Photo Paper
-Works with KODAK PRINTOMATIC Instant Print Camera
-ZINK Zero Ink™ printing technology -- no ink cartridges needed
-Creates vibrant, full-color prints on 2" x 3" adhesive-backed paper
-Smudge proof, water resistant, tear resistant
KODAK Smile Instant Print Digital Camera
STUNNING SNAPSHOTS, DISTINCTIVE DESIGN
Say hello to the next generation of instant printing. Shoot, preview, edit, and print: the KODAK SMILE Instant Print Digital Camera lets you take photos, edit, and print them instantly. Featuring a trendy slide-open design, an LCD viewfinder display, and a built-in printer, this pocket-sized camera makes sharing photos easier than ever. With built-in editing and sticky-backed photos that print in under a minute, this portable camera will bring a smile to any face.
-Photo booth mode
-KODAK SMILE Instant Print Digital Camera
-Micro USB charging cable
-Starter pack of KODAK ZINK Photo Paper
-Quick start guide
Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer (Blue) Compatible w/ iOS & Android, NFC & Bluetooth Devices
Print anywhere with the Polaroid ZIP Instant Photoprinter. This pocket-sized device pairs wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC and uses a dedicated mobile app available for iOS or Android, allowing you to instantly edit and print 2x3” full-color photos.
-Print in less than 60 seconds.
-Compatible with ZINK Zero Ink Paper 2"x3"
-Smudge-proof photos with a sticky back for extra fun.
-Compact 2.91" x 4.72" size.
-Weighs only .41 lbs.
-FREE download of the Polaroid Print App for iOS& Android.
The diskAshur DT2 USB 3.1 HDD is an ultra-secure, PIN authenticated, hardware encrypted portable hard drive. Using the device couldn’t be easier, simply connect to any computer and enter a 7-15-digit PIN. If the correct PIN is entered, all data stored on the drive will be decrypted and accessible. To lock the drive, simply eject it from the host computer and all data stored on the device will be encrypted (full disk encryption) using military grade AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption. With capacity starting at 1 TB up to 16 TB, the diskAshur DT2 is the best way for students to secure their work this schoolyear!
Evenflo Gold SensorSafe Pivot Xpand™ Smart Modular Travel System
Make those school drop-offs easier with the Evenflo Gold SensorSafe Pivot Xpand™ Smart Modular Travel System! A top safety pick, Pivot Xpand can be configured 22 ways for seating at optimal heights and angles for infants and children weighing up to 55 pounds. It transforms from a single to a double stroller in a matter of seconds with no extra parts or tools needed, and includes a 3-position reclining toddler seat and a SecureMax Smart Infant Car Seat.
Learn more about these featured picks by reading our detailed reviews:
- Back-To-School Photos 3 Ways With ZINK Photo Paper
- From School to Work, The diskAshur DT² Has You Covered
- PSA: September is National Baby Safety Month – Guest Article by Sarah Haverstick of Evenflo
Gadgets by Grade
From toddlers to teens, we’ve broken down the best back-to-school gadgets by grade:
EasyRead Time Teacher Watch
This Rainbow Past & To Wrist Watch is an ideal first watch to help your child learn to tell the time. Its clear design and simple 3-step teaching system make it very easy for children to learn to read the time in terms of ‘minutes past’ and ‘minutes to’ the hour. Teach your child the 3 steps and they will quickly master this essential life skill, and gain confidence and pride in their achievement!
The 3-step teaching system: easy to learn and remember. Step 1: Read the number at the end of the long hand. Step 2: Say “minutes to” if it’s pointing to the red side of the watch, or say “minutes past” if it’s pointing to the green side. Step 3: Read the number at the end of the short hand. Like this: 9…minutes to…2. It’s that easy!
-Attractive, colorful 33mm diameter children’s time teacher watch, designed to help your child learn to tell the time in ‘minutes past’ and ‘minutes to’ the hour.
-The large clear dial shows every detail your child needs and the hands tell them which numbers to read.
-Simple 3-step teaching system, easy to learn, consistent with the EasyRead Time Teacher Rainbow Past & To Clock.
Seiko PC21s movement, stainless steel back, non-allergenic plating. Battery installed.
-Water resistant. Can withstand splashing, but not total immersion.
-Washable nylon strap, 15 mm wide by 21.5 cm long. Fits wrists from 12 cm to 18 cm circumference (small child to medium adult). Metal buckle.
PBS KIDS Playtime Pad
The PBS KIDS Playtime Pad has hours of content ready to go, with 120 video clips, songs, and music videos featuring PBS KIDS characters. In the car or on the plane - no wifi required. The Playtime Pad also has over 25 educational games that reinforce science, math, social emotional and literacy skills for children. Each PBS KIDS game is a part of an ongoing commitment to help kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
This kid safe 7" HD 1024 x 600 Multi-Touch Screen Android tablet includes front and back cameras - the front facing camera allows children and family members to easily exchange video messages; use the 2 megapixel back camera for taking pictures. It is also Wifi ready, Bluetooth supported and provides parental controls & security to manage profiles for multiple children. Playtime Pad also provides access to Google Play and free PBS KIDS apps such as PBS KIDS Scratch Jr, PBS Parents Play & Learn and the award-winning PBS KIDS Video app.
What should be on every parent’s checklist for the upcoming school year is a safe, durable and volume-limiting pair of headphones built specifically for young ears. BuddyPhones headphones are wireless, hypoallergenic, toxin-free, and protects young listeners ears by utilizing a built-in, always on, sound control circuit to limit the volume at levels recommended for children by the World Health Organization (85 db). They come equipped with 4 SafeAudio modes, including Study, Kid, Toddler and Travel, so every age and activity is covered all school year round! Every pair of BuddyPhones even comes with the shared BuddyCable, an accessory that lets kids connect to their devices with friends and classmates.
Protects your child’s device and provides hours of hands-free entertainment—at home and on the road. Detachable arms convert Case-E into a stand to make for convenient hands-free viewing, and also transforms into backseat automobile entertainment for kid-friendly in-car viewing. His tough exterior provides 6-foot drop-protection with Speck’s Shock Barrier protection*, and Case-E is also formaldehyde-free, PVC & BPA–free EVA.
Tail it Kids
Tail it Kids is the perfect tech product before school starts again, especially for the younger members going back to school. This GPS watch for kids is a perfect solution for a lot of nervous parents, that wants to make sure their child is safe and is reachable for their first days of school.
Our GPS watch for kids is encrypted and EU GDPR compatible, and works so that no one else but the numbers you put into the watch can call or message the watch. The number is also a secret phonenumber, not listed anywhere in any public listings. The watch also has a SOS button that calls the 3 SOS contacts added to the watch over and over until someone replies.
You can also see the GPS position of the watch, so you can be safe that your child is safe and at school. It comes in 3 colors, blue, pink, and black. It’s splashproof, so it can stand being out in the rain etc. The battery lasts for 5-7 days on a single charge, and the device uses a subscription. All fees are included in the subscription, and it works everywhere in the world as long as it’s cellular coverage without extra fees.
Artie 3000 Coding Robot
THE CREATIVE WAY TO LEARN CODING: Artie 3000 is the coding robot for kids where you design the code, and Artie 3000 draws the pictures! Whether it’s using the pre-programmed designs for beginners or starting from scratch, the limits are endless!
SAFE & SECURE WIFI! No internet connection is required with Artie 3000. A built-in WiFi server allows for a direct connection to any singular tablet, computer, or phone.
MENSA APPROVED! American Mensa named Artie 3000 an Honorary Mensa Member and partnered with Educational Insights to create coding activities and programs that spark curiosity in coding for kids of all learning levels.
WHAT’S INCLUDED? Artie 3000 robot, 4 washable markers, quick start guide, and activity cards. Artie also has pre-coded designs and advanced coding apps for kids to grow with.
Jonas Paul Eyewear
Jonas Paul Eyewear's Blue Shield AR lenses block 38% of light in the blue-light wavelength range found in smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, tablets, and other digital devices. These lenses reflect the harmful blue light away from eyes while ensuring that the portion of blue light needed for optimal contrast and other health benefits is allowed to pass through the lens. The lenses also protect against UV radiation transmission, they prevent eyestrain, and overall help to preserve children's eye health. Glasses come with an adjustable arm and the hinges are strong, flexible and bendable. Lenses are also shatterproof made with top quality polycarbonate.
The PlayZoom kids smartwatch by iTOUCH Wearables is your child's perfect back-to-school accessory! Retailing for $49.99 and ideal for children ages 4 - 7, learning is made fun with functions that allow children to tell time, play learning & interactive games, take pictures & videos, and so much more. Educational games for after-school learning include:
The Math Wizard: kids can challenge the wizard with a series of math equations— tell him which ones are right and which are wrong, so they can become the next math wizard!
Zoo: learn the animal names and then take a quiz— how many animals do they know at the zoo?
Time Quiz: read the clock and select the correct time— the game will continue until they answer incorrectly.
Color Master: read the color name and choose the matching color
Children are able to set up an alarm when doing homework, brushing teeth, and reading, giving them the tools they need to grow in responsibility and independence as they get older. The watches are made with a durable, splash-proof design for longterm wear-and-tear, with a variety of interchangeable colorful and print straps, so kids can customize their watches for the design they feel like wearing that day.
Ozobot is reinventing STEM learning by using a combination of physical robots and a mobile app to teach kids how to code. Ozobot’s Evo and Bit provide two fun ways to code: online with OzoBlockly and screen-free with Color Codes. Users can connect with their friends, create courses for their robot and play games, all while learning how to code. Whether in the classroom or at home, Ozobot teaches kids of all ages critical thinking, logical reasoning and coding skills and inspires the next generation of creators. Ozobot is a great tool to help ease kids back into the routine of school, and makes a great back-to-school buddy!
This 54 piece Slime Making Kit comes with 18 premade slimes and a generous assortment of slime add-ins for your kids to mix their own unique slime. With pre-made slime technology, you do not have to worry about failed slime recipes. While other slime kits only come with foam balls and crystal beads, we provide the same plus additional unique accessories such as unicorn confetti, googly eyes, heart and start confetti and mylar foil at an affordable price. This set is gift ready and parents can host a back-to-school slime party out of the box!
Creation Crate combines hands-on projects with online courses to teach anyone aged 12+ real-world skills in electronics and coding.
Users will receive all the components needed and access to an online course for each project they receive. Projects become progressively more challenging and build on the lessons learned in the prior month.
They could learn how to program a Mood Lamp, Distance Detector, Weather Station, Lock Box Security System, and more!
With more and more schools incorporating tablets into the education experience, kids are packing some pretty nice equipment with them day in and day out. Now as responsible parents, we make sure to get them the best cases because we all know it's hitting the ground. But what you had a magic tool to help avoid the majority of those drops?
CatTongue Grips has created a new product that gives cell phones and iPads (or any tablets) superpowers to stick on almost any surface. Even when your child puts their expensive tablet on a moving boat, you can rest easy knowing it's not going anywhere. These non-adhesive grips provide a layer of ‘GRIPTION' that gives your phone superpowers to stay on almost any surface.
It's a sticky surface without being sticky. You can even run it along your pup or kitty without picking up hair. And their variety of styles makes even the pickiest child happy with their new accessory.
Sugarwish is a modern day candy gift that includes a delectable (virtual) candy shoppe experience. Sugarwish gives them the delightful (and delicious) gift that includes a delectable (virtual) candy shop. They get to choose their favorite treats from tons of scrumptious options. Sugarwish delivers their top picks in a gorgeous gift box, directly to their door!
And NOW sending a Sugarwish is even easier. Your Sugarwish can be delivered via email, text, Facebook, or Snapchat. So give them the gift they want to get-in the way that they’ll want to get it. Another perfect way to deliver “Back to School Fuel” - to teachers, kids and mom too!
While it’s great to be connected, screen time is harming your health. The eye-opening truth is: harmful blue light is damaging your eyes and causing troubling side effects, including sleep disruption, eye damage, and premature aging to your skin. Science on the effects of blue light is emerging but here is what we know: Children’s eyesight is at risk. The Chinese Government issued a call to action to reduce screen time.
EyeJust blue light blocking screen protector is a scientifically proven solution to protect your eyes. Made with the strongest, optical clarity glass with blue light blocking technology, EyeJust helps you stay protected while connected.
Hamelin Notebook With Scribzee® App
Meet the notebook with SUPER powers!
Be noteworthy. Be savvy, be cool, be exciting, be different, be adventurous, be creative, be you.
At Hamelin, we encourage and applaud students who are any and all of the above, and more. We took this one step further and designed especially for these students, a beautiful, innovative, brand new notebook that is worthy of their ideas, their creativity, and their essence. Our notebooks, which just launched in North America a few months ago, stand out among the crowd, and they aren’t like other notebooks out there.
They bridge the analog and digital worlds as they come with a free app, SCRIBZEE ®, that allows notetakers to scan, save, organize, share and access their notes, all from the cloud. They feature iridescent hardcovers in seven colors, smooth, bright OPTIK ®paper that does not bleed through, (so you can write on both sides!), extra wide pocket folders and organization sticker tabs.
Casio PRIZM fx-CG500 Calculator
With a large, soft keyboard and convenient drop-down menus, the fx-CG500 is easy to use and includes a high-resolution, color, touchscreen LCD display (over 65,000 colors). Includes Color Link function for graphs, charts and spreadsheets and is permitted for use on the AP, SAT I and II, PSAT and NMSQT exams.
Accell Power – 3 in 1 Fast Wireless Charger
Able to charge up to 10W, the Accell Power 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charger features a slim stylish dock equipped to charge Apple iPhone or Qi compatible smartphones, Applewatches and AirPods. Users can watch video or stream with their desired orientation while their phone charge ssecurely on the stand. In addition, it also features temperature control, continuously cooling the phone while charging, preventing overheating and providing a safer charge to protect battery life.
Accell Power Wireless Charge Pad
The Accell Power Wireless Charge Pad is a compact,5.2 x 5.2”, all-in-one fast charging station featuring wireless charging for all compatible smartphones and Qi compatible devices, eliminating the need to plug in devices into a wall charger or USB port. It can also simultaneously charge up to seven other devices with five USB ports and two AC outlets.
Playground Sessions Keyboard Bundle
No time for music at school? No problem — Co-created by music legend Quincy Jones, this #1 rated online piano method is perfect for that student who always wanted to learn how to play the piano. This affordable keyboard comes with everything you need to get started right away, including online lessons! With an annual membership and included Playground Sessions keyboard/accessories, the whole bundle is just $300.
This lightweight keyboard has 61 piano-style keys that offer a realistic key feel, while providing a beautiful sound. The built-in speakers bring the music in Playground Sessions to life. Simply connect your device to the "Auxiliary In" port on the back of the keyboard with the included cable and hear Playground Sessions music and accompaniments directly out of the keyboard’s speakers - this special feature makes playing a lot of fun! An integrated tablet slot for your iPad makes for a very unique and simple playing experience.
The bundle comes with everything you need to get started right away. Included are a pair of over-ear headphones for late night playing, USB connection cable, AC power supply, detachable sheet music stand and user manual. Music was surely meant to be played on this keyboard!
Fret Zealot is a state-of-the-art LED addition to your guitar. It fits just above the frets on any existing full size guitar and shows you exactly where to put your fingers to play anything you can imagine - a great tool for students looking to improve their guitar skills while back at school! Everything is controlled over Bluetooth from its free companion app. There are short and professional video lessons along with tens of thousands of songs available to learn. Here are just a few of Fret Zealot's many features:
CHORD DISPLAYS: Learn Chords like never before! No more black and white chord diagrams, just pick the chord type in the app, and instantly, the chord and finger positions are displayed right on your fretboard! Finger placement is color coded for each finger, meaning less guesswork and more playing. With more than 10,000 Chords & voicings (variations) to choose from, and Arpeggios for each chord type, you’ll never run out of new shapes and sounds to explore.
NOTES & SCALES: Explore the fundamental building blocks of music with Fret Zealot! It’s not always easy remembering all the notes on the fretboard (over 90 in the first 15 frets). Fret Zealot also supports nearly 30 different scale types, allowing you to explore and play in many different styles of music. What can typically be hours of frustration and transcribing is now a reference right at your fingertips!
SONGS: For everyone who has wanted to play along with the Greats of our time, Fret Zealot is the obvious companion. Simply pick a song from our ever-growing library, and play along with the lights on the Fret Zealot guiding the way. With AI Mode, Fret Zealot will go at your pace, listening for you to play the correct note or chord before advancing. With MIDI and Guitar Pro (GP3/4/5) file support, you can browse from the library of over 45,000 songs, and even add your own!
LESSONS: Whether you’re a first-timer or looking to brush up on your skills, video lessons with Fret Zealot will guide you through at your own pace. Any time the instructor plays something, your Fret Zealot will light up and follow every move! Fret Zealot is working with partners to bring hundreds of video lessons to the Fret Zealot app, including a full course from famed YouTube Instructor Justin Guitar.
PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer
Your teen's handy electronic devices have one unwanted function: they’re a breeding ground for bacteria. This easy-to-use sanitizer and charger helps zap most of those germs. Simply place your device inside, attach the included charging cable, and close the lid. Ultra-violet lights do the dirty work. The case even has built-in acoustic amplifiers so you can keep listening to music or use your phone's alarm while it's getting its spa treatment. Choose the standard size for your phone and XL for tablets, remote controls, and other larger electronics.
[Fuse] Chicken SHIELD Charging Cable
This indestructible and super fast charging cable is as tough as it looks and is built to last through this school year and beyond! [Fuse] Chicken's Shield Stainless Steel charging cord is a lightweight charging cord that uses 10,000 stainless steel chainmail links to protect the wires and make cord fraying a thing of the past. This cable is also compatible with multiple devices, so it's handy to have in class, while studying, or simply in everyday life!
Nextbase Series 2 Dash Cam
Nextbase, the world’s leading Dash Cam manufacturer of what is now the fastest growing consumer technology category, just launched their revolutionary Series 2 Dash Cam range this summer. There’s no doubt these Dash Cams are going to be the must-have gadget gifts as families prepare for the upcoming school year and through the holiday season, and the perfect new car-gadget for the college-bound teen son who just got his license this year! Features include:
Alexa Auto Built-in – so you can control your Dash Cam, ask Alexa to play music, get direction and more while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Emergency SOS – a potentially lifesaving feature will alert emergency services in the event of a serious incident.
AutoSync – the range introduces for the first time EVER to the dash cam sector, Bluetooth4.2 + Wi-Fi technology that streamlines connectivity to your smartphone with the new MyNextbase Connect App.
Cabin and Rear Facing Modules – perfect your carpool karaoke skills with the click-in cabin view module, whether for safety in a ride-share vehicle or just to have documentation of your best friend's terrible singing!
Polaroid Pop Instant Print Digital Camera
Instantly print summer memories from your phone to decorate a locker or dorm room with the Polaroid Pop - then take this camera with you for first day selfies with friends! Use the touchscreen to customize your photos with filters, borders, stickers, text and drawings.
You don't have to worry about your teen losing cards or cash thanks to LootLock! This adhesive wallet works on most device cases, locking 1-3 cards or cash in place on the back of your teen's phone. LootLock is about the size of a credit card and as thick as three credit cards. It slides smoothly in and out of pockets and other small spaces. When you need to charge your mobile device, simply remove LootLock’s casing and snap back into place when you’re charged. For total security, flip LootLock’s storage casing over & snap into place to completely conceal your cards, cash, or ID.
Schick Hydro 5 Sense Razor
The Schick Hydro 5 Sense Razor is a fully customizable razor that have guys walking into their first day of high school or college ready to make a great impression.
Available with three unique cartridges and six patterned handles (including blue camouflage), the shock-absorbent handle is paired with cartridges for sensitive, dry, or tired skin. Our sensitive cartridges are formulated with herbal extracts to protect from irritation, while our hydrating cartridges use coconut oil to revitalize dry skin. The energizing cartridge utilizes menthol to wake up your skin before you’ve had your first cup of joe. The Hydro 5 Sense® Razor with Shock Absorb technology auto adjusts based on how you shave, backing off if you apply too much pressure or adds it back when you need it and is equipped with 5 Ultra Glide® blades and 7 hydrating gel pools that hydrate throughout each shave.
The Lotus by SEAM
For teens going to/from school and extracurriculars or are walking, personal safety is critical. The Lotus by SEAM has a fashion-forward & gender-neutral sleek design, so teens will want to wear it and it won’t be a fight - just as easy as wearing a Fitbit. It’s superior to current single-feature GPS trackers because it streams real-time audio and, when paired with the free app, records images and GPS location, so parents can see/hear what their kids are seeing/hearing and get the full story. This contextual data solves the problem of not knowing what's going on if someone just presses a panic button.
The Lotus can also make hands-free audio calls and is able to be controlled by verbal commands through Google Voice Assistant. It’s a top-of-the-line offering that makes personal safety sound less dorky than the category name belies for teens and for $99.95, the cost is less than many smartphones.
Livia is a discreet, clinically-proven and FDA-approved wearable device, that uses the body’s own defenses to switch off menstrual pain in as little as 30 seconds to ensure happy, pain-free periods. Livia attaches to the lower abdomen and uses gentle micro-pulses to tap into the body’s natural pain defenses, preventing pain signals from being felt to give women instant relief.
No more pesky pain meds, no side effects and no fear of building a tolerance to the device! The drug-free solution is also completely customizable with different colors and is small enough to carry along.
The Livia Kit is available in the US on Amazon.com and on www.mylivia.com for $149 USD with a 120-day money-back guarantee. The kit includes:
-Livia Flower Pads
-Classic Cover (in color of your choice)
-USB Charging Cable
-3 Month Supply of Gel Pads
Get 15% off in the month of September with promo code: Momstart19
Swann Security Wi-Fi 1080p Indoor Security Camera
Swann has been in the security business for over 30 years and has a wide array of personal security cameras for anyone's needs, including those who are renting while at college. The Swann Security Wi-Fi 1080p Indoor Security Camera helps keep your home secure, and its built-in speaker & microphone let you interact with people at home. Talk with family, tradespeople and even pets, while audio recording enriches evidence. See everything thanks to a wide 110° viewing angle & 26ft/8m night vision.
Set and forget to save video clips to local memory (for 7 days) and secure cloud (for 2 days), with the ability to expand that to 30 days by subscribing to Swann's ExtraSafe cloud recording plan. You can also opt to receive push notifications if activity is detected & playback video clips with audio, all on your smartphone.
Swann Security Wi-Fi 1080p Outdoor Security Camera
For students going back to college and are planning to live off campus this year, one back to school gift every parents should consider is a home security camera. This provides students with the technology to keep their new home safe while giving parents peace of mind.
The Swann Security Wi-Fi 1080p Outdoor Security Camera is weatherproof and full HD. Enjoy hands free security using voice commands to stream video from your camera via the Google Assistant & Chromecast, or via Alexa devices with a screen, such as Echo Spot, Echo Show or 4K Fire TV. Its True Detect™ Heat-Sensing records video and sends push notifications when it detects movement from warm objects, such as people, and can even see in the dark up to 100ft (30m) for round-the-clock peace of mind and protection.
BizHUB USB-C Multiport Adapter
Our BizHUB USB-C Multiport Adapter is a very versatile travel adapter with three USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit ethernet port, an SD and Micro SD port, and an HDMI 4K port. It's compact and convenient with so much capacity.
VertexHUB – USB-C Data & Charging Hub
The VertexHUB is designed for power users to get data transferred quickly and charge up peripherals at blazing fast speeds. It is dedicated to the latest USB-C 3.2 Generation 2 standards. The hub has four USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports located on the front and three USB-A 3.2 Generation 2 ports avaialble on the back side. All seven ports are USB 3.2 Gen 2 compatible with fast transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps. The VertexHUB can charge up devices at max speed with up to 2.4 amps of power delivery.
Aquasana Clean Water Machine
Aquasana’s Clean Water Machine would be an excellent tech-forward, back-to-school gift for college-aged kiddos! Better than your average water pitcher and a must-have for turning tap water into tasty, safe H20, the Clean Water Machine is a winner of Good Housekeeping's "Best of the Test” and anything but ordinary. This water filtration system and pitcher features Bluetooth connectivity to help:
-Track how many gallons of water you've filtered
-Measure your positive environmental impact from not using bottled water
-Estimate the dollars you’ve saved by not buying bottled water
-Remind you when it’s time to replace your filter!
In addition to its unique Bluetooth connectivity, the Clean Water Machine features professional-grade filtration that is 10 times stronger and lasts 8 times longer than other pitchers and is independently certified by NSF International to remove 99% of lead and asbestos, as well as 96% of chlorine, chloramines and 73 other harmful contaminants.
Philips Twin USB Tabletop Charger
With the Philips Twin USB Tabletop Charger, students never have to worry about their bed or other inconveniently placed furniture getting in the way of a fast and efficient charge. The splitter has two cables that extend 8ft. in either direction from where it’s plugged in, making it easier than ever to set your mobile devices on the nearest surfaces. So, students can charge their laptop on the desk or keep their phone close by their bed.
Smartphone Photography Lens
The best camera is the one you have with you. That would be your smartphone. These lenses make the best way better. The two-in-one wide angle and macro lens set, designed to be easily swapped on your camera, is a wonderful tool for people eager to start exploring high-quality phone photography. The premium HD wide angle lens turns your phone into a professional-quality DSLR. Its gorgeous, accurate optics enable you to up your Instagram game to an almost unfair level. (Both wide angle lenses nearly double your field of view.)
No worries about compatibility: the durable Clip, included with both, mounts them on the front or back of virtually any phone (hello, better selfies). Just clamp it onto your phone, attach the lens of your choice, and achieve phone images you never have before: urban and rural landscapes (or sharp close-ups), vivid beach vistas, you-are-there travel scenes to send home to mom and dad, and keepsake-worthy group shots on campus. Caps and soft lens bags included.
You'll feel more calm and confident on your way to campus with this high-security backpack keeping your valuables safe. Its stylish exterior camouflages a range of anti-theft features, from hidden zippers to slash-proof materials. Clever pockets tucked into the straps and back allow you to easily access your transit pass, cash, and other quick essentials. Roomy interior pockets not only keep your laptop, books, pens, and peripherals organized, but they also balance the weight carefully against your back, making it feel up to 25% lighter than the same load in a standard pack.
The exterior is water- and spill-proof, with a layer of spongy, breathable cushioning against your back. For those long days on the road, an integrated USB port lets you access your phone while connected to your charger (not included) inside. And for those whose rush hour is spent pedaling, there's reflective strips to keep you visible.
The Adonit Note stylus is the perfect back-to-school gadget for the techie student, offering pixel-perfect precision so users can write down notes whenever they need it, even after charging it for only 4 minutes. (4-min charge = 1-hr using time!) There is no Bluetooth required as users can simply hit the "on" button and get to work, ensuring no idea ever goes forgotten.
As millions of college students head back to school, protecting their online privacy is probably not at the top of their to do lists. Parents of these newly-minted adults are likely warning their children about the dangers of partying and walking on campus at night, but they may not consider teaching them - or be educated themselves on - the very real potential of cyber threats and invasions of privacy online.
Using a VPN protects you from connecting to the same unprotected network as multiple other users; these open Wi-Fi networks allow cybercriminals to easily distribute malicious software to everyone connected - in the blink of an eye.
While it doesn’t cross many travelers minds on a regular basis, it’s actually really simple for hackers to set up a fake malicious network and pretend to be “Free Airport Wi-Fi network” or “Coffee Shop Wi-Fi.” A personal VPN allows you to avoid putting yourself at risk while connecting to an unknown network. Don’t take the risk when you don’t have to!
Smart Garden 3
Make your dorm room feel like home by starting your own little indoor garden - your private care-free oasis away from home. Smart Garden 3 brings the joy of real gardening with zero effort in any apartment or home. The garden grows 3 plants simultaneously, making sure they have enough water, light, and nutrients at all times. Growing fresh mint for your tea or basil for your pasta has never been easier!
The Smart Garden 3 takes care of your plants automatically by making sure they have enough water, light and nutrients at all times.
Our NASA inspired Smart Soil makes sure your plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients, while special LED grow lights provide them with the energy they need to thrive. No pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful substances are used.
With a modular lamp arm, updated LED's and a sleek design, this is the ultimate self-growing garden. Comes with 3 complimentary basil plant capsules so you can start growing right away!
An electric toothbrush subscription makes so much sense for college students/dorm life. Refill subscriptions makes their busy lives easier while keeping oral care a priority. Brüush even comes with a travel case which is great for weekend visits home!
A Brüush Electric Toothbrush subscription includes the initial Brüush Kit (brush, charger, brush heads, case) and then sends you a 3-pack of replacement heads every 6 months for only $18 ($6/head).
The new myCharge HubMax 10050mAh portable charger is the packed with power. With an integrated Apple® Lightning™ cable, an integrated micro-USB cable and a built-in USB port, you can easily stay charged anywhere. Carrying USB cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but self-contained wall prongs make for effortless recharging. Boasting a 30% reduction in size, the HubMax is more compact and portable than ever before. This high-quality portable charger can help students power up their smartphones and tablets anywhere they go. And unlike cheap chargers that can be purchased in the checkout line, all of myCharge chargers have 12 layers of protection to prevent overcharging, overheating and other common issues.
Looking for the perfect way to snap those group selfies on campus? Look no further than the THETA SC from Ricoh Imaging, a fun and easy-to-use, 360-degree camera to capture everything and everybody around you!
The THETA SC is available in 4 fun colors. It is the perfect back-to-school gift for tech enthusiasts and travelers because it captures a 360° view of your favorite memories, so you can relive them over and over again. The THETA SC is suitable for all ages and grade levels and will support creativity and skills in photography and videography. Users are also able to share their high quality 360-photos and videos with family & friends back home through streamlined social media sharing (YouTube, IG, FB). Its sleek and compact design makes the SC easy to use and take everywhere.
Soundcore Flare Mini
Flare Mini: Amplify the atmosphere. Any time, any place. With its portable design and compact size, it's the perfect wireless speaker to outfit your college dorm room with!
360° Sound: Popping 360 sound from every direction
Beat-Driven Light Show: Customize the illumination by simply pressing the button on the top panel
Pool-Party Proof: IPX7 water protection effortlessly withstands spills, rain, and even complete submersion in water.
Wireless Stereo Pairing:Pair two speakers for true stereo sound.
Superior Playtime:Up to 12-Hour playtime for non-stop parties.
The N.BX Tape Light is a light-weight portable light that emits a soft glow or brighter light when LED strip is extended. Use it on your next outdoor adventure or in your dorm as a utility light. This Tape Light has a high and low light output and no need to worry about that battery dying on you! On High, the battery lasts for 3.5 hours and on Low, use the Tape Light for up to 36 hours! What makes the Tape Light even better is the fact that it is rechargeable, so plug it in while you sleep and it’ll be ready for a new day. With an 18” LED strip that’s extendable and retractable with 30 individual lights, it’s easy to hang, and it comes in 6 different colors!
1MORE Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones
Just in time for anyone going back to school, the 1MORE Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones provide an affordable option for superior audio quality while studying in the library, commuting to campus, playing games or hosting a movie night.
1MORE Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone Specs:
•Titanium Composite Dynamic Driver: A 10mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm balances powerful bass and exquisite detail, reproducing crystal clear sound in an ultra-compact design for enhanced efficiency.
•Reliable & Convenient: Using the latest Bluetooth 5 technology means these headphones are optimized with better transmission and connectivity to Bluetooth enabled devices.
•Fit & Design: Extremely lightweight earbuds with 45° oblique-angled nozzles naturally lay in your ear canals for a tight, secure fit during extended use. While not in use, the magnetic earpieces clasp together for convenient and worry-free storage around one’s neck.
•Durability: Aluminum alloy earpieces provide a sleek but sturdy build, while the grooved tangle-free neckband cable reduces friction. The added IPX4 water resistance ensures long-lasting resilience from all directional splashing.
Morning Must-Haves For Parents
Schoolday mornings are always chaotic – luckily, parents can rely on these tools to help start the day more smoothly!
Yale Navis Paddle
The Yale Navis Paddle is a two-way push/pull door handle so you can open doors with a hip or elbow when hands are full. A life-saver as parents juggle lunchboxes, toddlers and backpacks (and their own stuff) during busy mornings - make your school day routine stress-free!
Yale Real Living® Assure Lock® SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt
Don’t let missing house keys keep you and your kids from getting out the door in the morning! The Yale Assure SL - Connected by August is an easily installable keypad smart lock that lets you grant access from your phone or with a PIN code. It eliminates the need to track keyrings for your kids (and yourself). This sleek and modern touchscreen deadbolt allows homeowners to enjoy the convenience of 100% key free unlocking while enhancing curb appeal.
August Smart Keypad
The August Smart Keypad pairs with the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, and you can activate it with a simple PIN code -- no more keys to worry about, perfect for younger kids!
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
A retrofit smart lock that allows you to lock, unlock and monitor your front door right from your phone, giving you increased control and peace of mind over home security. The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle grants remote access, great to let the dogwalker, delivery personnel or family/friends in while you're away. Available online at August.com, Amazon and major retailers.
Color Changing Cinema Light Box
The Color Cinema Light box is a unique decorative piece with vintage vibes. The light box is designed to look like those retro cinema and theater signs that would advertise a movie and share a fun message. It's the perfect prop for those "First day of school" photos, since you can put your child's grade on the sign and snap a picture of them standing next to it before school!
This lightbox is different because it comes with more letters, numbers and emoji starter set than others (240 total) at price of $30.99. We can fit 10 characters per line while other fit 8. We offer 16 color options. This is powered by battery or the extra long USB cable included.
Back to school means new school supplies but something that is often forgotten is a great pillow at home to help kids get back into a sleep routine so they can be well rested to tackle school, extracurricular activities and daily life. Sleep Number’s ComfortFit™ Pillow gently conforms to the head and neck and recovers its shape night after night with a unique blend of memory foam pieces and premium down alternative fibers. This hypoallergenic pillow is great for all sleepers, available in two sizes and three shapes.
Oral-B Kid’s Vitality Toothbrush
The Oral-B Kid’s Vitality Toothbrush is the number one dentist-recommended brand worldwide. It has an extra soft brush head that gently brushes your child’s teeth and cleans better than a manual toothbrush, with a built-in timer can help your child brush for a full two minutes.>
Its distinct shape allows the toothbrush head to surround each tooth for individual cleaning, resulting in an amazing, tooth-by-tooth clean. With a waterproof handle, this electric toothbrush uses a Sensitive Clean toothbrush head for a gentle brushing experience that can be replaced when its Indicator Bristles fade halfway (about every 3 months). Electric toothbrushes are proven to work better than their manual counterparts, and it helps make brushing a fun experience for young children. Oral-B's brush technology is the most effective on the market, which is why they are dentist recommended.
Motorola Talkabout T480 Radios
The Motorola TALKABOUT T480 two-way radio helps families stay connected when the unexpected hits. It comes with a wall/desk stand accessory, so can be used as a traditional weather alert radio or as a two-way radio. The wall, desk stand allows it to remain fully charged at all times, so users don’t have to worry about battery drain. And, still receive NOAA weather alerts automatically. There is a flashlight that also automatically turns on when there is a power outage. And the T480, features an emergency alert button, safety whistle belt clip, NOAA weather channels for continuous updates and alerts, an FM Radio and up to 35-mile range. The color is white/red just like the American Red Cross colors. Families can take them on the road, to the park, camping, etc. and still stay connected to changing weather conditions. Plus in the event of a power outage when cell phones are down, two-way radios are an important and much needed communication tool.
TRENDnet AC2600 WiFi Router
What might seem like a gift to your children, is also actually a gift for yourself (the parents). You just can’t get schoolwork done without Internet anymore. TRENDnet’s AC2600 WiFi Router (TEW-827DRU) provide you and your family with reliable wireless connectivity. This router is built for a busy home, and can provide the performance you’ll need for studying, streaming, and downloading.
TRENDnet’s AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router, model TEW-827DRU, is built to perform in a busy connected home. It generates two quad-stream WiFi networks—a 1,733Mbps WiFi AC and a concurrent 800Mbps WiFi N network. MU-MIMO technology processes multiple data streams simultaneously, increasing real-time WiFi performance when multiple devices access the network. Use the gigabit Ethernet ports and USB 3.0 share port to further extend network connectivity.
The TEW-827DRU wireless AC router comes fully integrated with Router Limits’ comprehensive web management system, designed to give users more control over the activity on their network and to monitor general network health. In an increasingly digital age, users need to be able to manage screen time, filter content, monitor bandwidth, track browsing history, and more. This service allows parents complete control of the internet including what sites can be visited, and what time Internet is available. It can also be customized by user, allowing some users more access than others. The Router Limits service is complimentary through this TRENDnet router.
From the comfort of your own laptop, save the must-have first day of school photo every parent is sure to capture. No matter what milestones your child has reached - junior high, high school, or college - what better way to reminisce about the good old days than creating a photo book of all first days from past years. With Motif, a free macOS photo extension that works natively within Apple Photos to create beautifully curated photo books, calendars and cards (in less than an hour!), cherishing those memories has never been easier. Coming soon: the iOS app for iPhone and iPad is launching this September.
Google Nest Hub can help make the back-to-school transition easier for families in so many ways:
-Look back on past first days of school photos by watching them replay on your Google Nest Hub. School years can blend together after a while, so Google Nest Hub serves as the perfect reminder of how much the kiddos have grown!
-You can also set up a photo album with all of your summer vacation photos, so you can reminisce on all the family fun you had over the summer.
-Schedule morning alarms so no one sleeps in after lounging around all summer.
-Set reminders to pick up registration packets or school supplies lists so that everything is taken care of before the big day.
-Ask your Google Nest Hub for school-night dinner recipe suggestions, and have it walk you through each step.
Circle Home Plus
Circle Home Plus is the easiest and most comprehensive in- and out-of-home parental control solution, allowing families to manage their internet-connected devices at-home and across all mobile networks, everywhere. Comprised of both a hardware and software component, Circle Home Plus allows parents to set limits, find balance, and keep tabs across all devices (i.e. laptops, tablets, smart TVs, video game consoles, cell phones, etc.), everywhere. The hardware ensures you can manage devices in your home, while the app allows you to manage mobile devices remotely.
Use code MOMSTARTCHP to get $10 OFF your purchase of Circle Home Plus at meetcircle.com.
The abode iota is the best all-in-one, DIY security solution for protecting homes around the clock, while homeowners are home or away.
The easy to install, easy to use kit includes a motion sensor, built-in HD camera, and two-way voice communication. To secure their home, homeowners can receive instant notifications to their smartphone if unexpected motion is detected, of if a door or window is opened unexpectedly. The iota’s built-in camera will take a photo of at the time of the event and send it to them, so homeowners can instantly discern if action is needed.
Abode offers the option to add professional monitoring services if desired. With no commitment and no contract necessary, abode users have the option to turn on professional monitoring for a week, or 3-days for as little as $7.
Leviton Decora Smart Mini Plug-In Outlet
The Leviton Decora Smart Mini Plug-In Outlet is the perfect addition to your family’s morning wake up routine this school year – just plug the device into an existing outlet of your child’s bedroom, and then plug a lamp into the device. Using the MyLeviton app, easily create a schedule that will turn on the lamp at a set time each morning for a smooth wake up routine. You can even adjust the brightness from the app so that it’s not a super harsh wake up call.
Even more, the device connects to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices, so if the kids are up too late, you can easily create a command to say, “Alexa, turn off the bedroom light”, and they’ll get the hint that it’s probably time for bed!
Apps For All Ages
Students of all ages use tablets and smartphones these days. Here are some great apps to load on your family’s devices as you prepare for school to start:
Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood sparks imagination as kids visit new places and create their own stories alongside Daniel Tiger and his friends. With enriching settings for make-believe, the app lets kids enjoy exploring everything from the bakery to an enchanted garden. Children will love this immersive game, as they’re swept into a digital playland that keeps them entertained - even while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic!
JET’S BOT BUILDER
JET'S BOT BUILDER app from READY JET GO! challenges kids aged 4 to 8 to use engineering skills to design and create their very own robot to travel through the solar system, learning crucial problem-solving skills along the way. Through these interactive travels, players must overcome obstacles by using the engineering design process to plan, create, test and improve new parts for their own robot creation. By crafting new parts to improve their robots, kids will need to think outside-the-box, fostering flexible thinking and problem-solving skills.
SPLASH AND BUBBLES FOR PARENTS
The new SPLASH AND BUBBLES FOR PARENTS app helps parents facilitate their child’s continuous learning and exploration while school is out of session. With a focus on ocean science, the app provides families with conversation starters, videos, and activities to discover together. It’s the perfect way to learn together!
PLAY AND LEARN SCIENCE
ALA award-winning PLAY AND LEARN SCIENCE helps curious kids to learn scientific concepts and curate problem-solving skills by experimenting with water, weather, physics and light in a digital environment. Sharp sound effects and clear graphics allow children to immerse fully in exploration of the natural world. In fact, an independent study conducted on the Play & Learn Science App showed that children who engaged with the app demonstrated increased understanding of science content, as well as increased use of science vocabulary. This hands-on and critically acclaimed app is a great fit for kids vacationing in new ecosystems, who are interested to learn more about what they see.
READY JET GO! Space Scouts
The new READY JET GO! Space Scouts app (on iOS, Google Play, and Amazon) allows kids to become the ultimate Space Scout by designing, building, and engineering with five STEM focused games. Traveling tots will love designing and engineering rovers on the Moon, building a mission controller and piloting their own spaceship through the solar system. READY JET GO! Space Scouts encourages critical thinking and curiosity, allowing kids to uncover the wonders of space from the safety of the backseat.
Pzizz helps you quickly quiet your mind, fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. It uses beautiful “dreamscapes” — a mix of music, voiceovers and sound effects designed using the latest clinical research — done by sleep experts and audio engineers, to help you sleep better at night or take power naps during the day. Researchers then pair these musical dreamscapes with voice narrations and infuse them with personalization driven through learning algorithms – giving the listener have a different audio experience each night.
With musical dreamscapes topped with layered voice narrations - Pzizz has been proven to assist in:
-Progressive muscle relaxation
-Diaphragmatic and heart rate variability breathing
Sleep is essential – especially for children, who need to have a sharp mind for the upcoming school day. If you don't get enough sleep, it makes focusing, problem-solving and creative thinking difficult and frustrating. You will see an improvement in your mood and ability to focus just after one good nights rest.
Fetch Internet is a must have for students who use their computer connected to the Internet. Simply put, the Fetch app gets students' iPhone’s and Android’s Internet access onto their Mac and Windows computers without paying or activating a hotspot.
Fetch is faster, better and less expensive than wireless hotspots, and far more secure than public WiFi. Fetch is CUI Compliant (a United States Federal Data Privacy requirement for United States Government Contractors), making it the most secure smartphone-to-computer Internet access solution.
Not only does Fetch keep your kids' data safe from exposure to security vulnerabilities and hacker exploitation, but it can also save you a ton of money.
All a student needs for fast, safe and secure Internet service is their smartphone's unlimited data plan working together with Fetch. Canceling your hotspot can save you up to $300 a year, and that's great. But if you're the parent of a student who dorms, then cutting the cord from their Internet provider can save over $1,000 per year, and that's amazing. Fetch is only a few bucks to download, and that’s it.
Fetch is available on the App Store and Google Play and can be downloaded by going to fetchinternet.com