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It’s that time of year again – back to school! When most people think back to school they think about textbooks, pencils, notebooks, and new school clothes. All of those items are part of the essential gear needed, but we often leave technology out of the discussion. I have put together a list of some practical tech to get any student through the school year.

Wireless Mouse

Most students have laptops with built in trackpads, which are not a bad way to navigate through a computer. Trackpads can become difficult when relied on for larger projects or when hooked up to an additional screen or monitor. Grab a wireless mouse that you can easily hook up when the task calls for it. Graphic design projects, web based design, and video editing can be made much easier with the simple addition of a mouse!

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Concentration is key when it comes to producing your best work. Snagging a pair of noise canceling headphones serves two great purposes. You have the option of listening to crystal clear music while completing assignments. You can also simply use the noise canceling to get yourself into a space of absolute silence. This type of flexibility is unparalleled and can really help you out when your study session in bombarded by unwanted noise.

External Hard Drive

External hard drives made this list instead of flash drives for a few reasons. The first being the sheer amount of memory you have at your fingertips. External hard drives have much more storage and this is important for backing up all your work, music, and important files. They also help you free up space on your machine so it can run smoother and more efficiently. It’s worth spending a little extra money for the added security.

Power Pack

Portable power packs are absolutely essential for the student on the go. Between school, extracurriculars, and your social life, you may not find the time to charge your devices. Having a power pack with you can be the difference between catching the bus home or missing it because you were plugged into the wall at the library.

Chromecast

Chromecast is a nifty tool that allows you to broadcast your web browser onto a television. You can turn a tv into a large monitor for presentations, detailed work, or to relax and watch movies at the end of a long day.

Portable Speakers

There are many different portable speaker on the market. No matter what one you chose, they are easy to throw into your bag for appropriate use. You may need to use music to emphasis a presentation, get a group together and focus for a project, or a vital part of your sport team’s pre-game ritual.