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Back to School 2021: Tools that give students an extra edge

by Kurt Knutsson

Technology is the new must-have Back to School accessory. According to Deloitte, we are seeing a 37% increase in spending on tech year-over-year for 2021.

Many parents are looking for ways to give their own kids an edge after a rough 2020 in learning as children go back to the classroom starting with this idea from LeapFrog Academy.

LeapFrog Academy interactive learning ages 3 to 6

It’s an interactive learning program for children 3 to 6 years old that guides them on fun Learning Adventures with 2,000+ games, eBooks, activities and more that they can use on a variety of devices.

Its well-rounded curriculum designed by educators, blending traditional school subjects with creativity that offers problem solving and social-emotional skills.  See more LeapFrog Academy here.


BYJU’S FutureSchool for K through 12

Brand new in the U.S., this is live, online, tailored one-on-one instruction with a vetted teacher who focuses on learning by way of fun — and the joy of creating and problem solving through activity-based math, coding and music curriculum for Kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

This is all about individualized education, attention, and guidance to help students learn and grow.  They even have music classes and coding – kids can develop their own apps and earn an app developer certificate.  Cost: BYJU’s FutureSchool first class is free and prices start $15 per class


KidiZoom PrintCam from VTech $69

Teaches young ones ages 4 and up how to become photographers without sacrificing mom or dad’s smartphone.  This is the latest KidiZoom cam that lets you preview photos with the 2.4 inch color screen and print regular or panoramic photos in black and white right away.

Flip up the lens to take selfie photos and video. Included paper roll prints up to 80 images. Refill packs sold separately.
You can use your creativity to make stickers, filters and borders to images to decorate your things like cases and notebooks.   Available at Walmart and other retailers. $69

Exploding Minions card game $19.99

Outstanding tool for kids to break down any type lingering pandemic-induced social anxiety. It helps develop social skills by giving kids something in common to talk about with ease while having fun.

The team at Exploding Kittens has teamed up with illumination to create an all new Minions inspired version of their flagship card game called Exploding Minions. It features new cards and illustrations, is easy to learn, quick to play and fun for the entire family.

Exploding Minions card game is a great way to have fun with family time and friends.  Many school districts designate game night, and this is a top add-on to this school year’s games


Apple iPhone Battery Pack $99

This new MagSafe magnetic extra battery for all iPhone 12 models can be used with or without a case and wirelessly charges an iPhone 12 model phone on the go.  Plug it in when home and it charges both the battery pack and your iPhone 12 model phone even faster.

Keeps kids from losing chargers and cables since none are needed while away from home. Now we just need to make sure they don’t lose the new battery pack!

Amazon reports that it is seeing an 86% rise in cases for consumer electronics as more and more American’s send members of the family back into the world and want their technology investment protected.

Updated hourly, Amazon’s list of the best selling bags, cases and sleeves are right here for your closer look.  

#1 Best Selling Backpack

At the time of publishing, this is the #1 best selling backpack on Amazon.  The High Sierra Loop-Backpack, School, Travel or Work Bookbag with tablet sleeve with over 10,000 positive reviews.

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