December 6, 2023

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The Hottest Back to School Tech for 2022

On average in America, summer break lasts about two and a half months, or 76.09 days, 1,826.16 hours or 6,574,176 seconds — you know if you’re counting down the days until school starts.

Yes, America is going back to school, from kindergarten to college, soon eager minds will be back at it, learning all the things.

Covid changed the definition of “school” and how students learn, from the traditional in-class model, to e-learning, pods and home schooling.

In a survey of 18 states that shared data through the past school year, the number of homeschooling students increased by 63% in the 2020-2021 school year, then fell by only 17% in the 2021-2022 school year.

Around 3% of U.S. students were homeschooled before the pandemic-induced surge.

With that in mind, we took a look at interesting tech, that fits into the new world of school. Not just for little kids, but college, high school, parents, even teachers.

Apple Stuff!

Once again blazing a new path when it comes to their back-to-school offerings and discounts. From now until Sept. 26, students can save big on a new Mac or iPad with Apple’s education discount, available to current and newly-accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty and staff. Here’s the cool part, now they are including homeschool teachers of all grade levels. In addition, students will receive a gift card valued at up to $150 and get 20% off AppleCare to protect their purchase. Plus, they will get one month free of Apple Music and Apple TV+, and the student rate of just $4.99 for both services after the one-month free trial ends.

FlexiSpot Pro Plus Standing Desk

The non-traditional school option becoming a norm for more parents, the FlexiSpot standing desk is a functional, well-built and attractive desk that won’t break your budget — and they have plenty of options to match your décor.

FlexiSpot is well built, very responsive, and comes in a wide variety of sizes and lengths. The Pro Plus rise rises to 41 inches high and as low as 26 inches to help adjust for standing or smaller students. What makes these desks great is they allow space for students with special needs in wheelchairs. They are able to adjust allowing the right amount of room to accommodate a wheelchair, so a student can fit comfortably under the desk and be able to work.

Yeti Class to Club Bundle

This month, we’ll be getting back to more than school, but also practices, rehearsals, and an ever-growing list of activities and extracurriculars. It can become out of control and messy, quickly.

Yeti has the back-to-school Class to Club bundle of products, to help students of all ages, make it through the day, organized, well fed, and spill-less.

Known for great coolers, mugs, and best friend of travel sports parents to use for their “coffee,” Yeti has the reputation of being well-built, good-looking, and does a great job of keeping fluids and food at the correct temperature. The Class to Club bundle includes a Cross Roads 22-liter backpack with plenty of pockets and places for everything from your keys to a tablet or laptop, the Day Trip lunch bag, to keep things hot or cold and secure, and the Rambler 18-ounce thermos, which you can also customize. $310  to get you ready for back to school and all the many things that happen during the year.

The Garmin Fenix 7

Teachers, students, parents, this is a watch, a tool, a training buddy that will help you throughout every phase of your busy day. Combining the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches, the rugged Fēnix 7 multisport GPS watch blends cutting-edge design and performance with 7-day-a-week wearability.

From Triathlon to Golf, the Garmin Fenix 7 has an app. to help you track a wide variety of activities. The ultra-tough design features a large 1.3” display and 47 mm fiber-reinforced polymer case. The watch is tested to U.S. military standards for thermal, shock, and water resistance.

Traditional button controls that work in any environment are matched with a responsive new touchscreen interface for quick access to selections and functions. There is a solar-powered and Standard power version that has best-in-class battery life.  The standard power Fenix 7 lasts about 12 days between charging the Solar power just keeps on going. Less hassle, great user interface and built to take on any challenge you can throw at it.

Somnox 2

Sleep is a part of learning, growing, and developing. Back to school means new schedules, early wake-ups and everything getting cattywampus. 

Somnox 2 is a smart sleep companion for people who want to improve their sleep; smaller than a body pillow and shaped like a bean to contour with your body and packed with high-tech sleep science.

Think of it as the emergency brake you can pull when feeling acute stress and anxiety. You snuggle with it, and it slowly adjusts to your breathing and heart rate, via built-in sensors that detect heart rate variability and respiratory rate and sync with you to gradually slow the cadence of breath and empower a good night’s sleep. All through an app. The Somnox sleep companion allows users to experience the profound power of breathwork. As you snuggle the device in your arms, it guides you through breathing more slowly, resulting in lower blood pressure, a decreased heart rate, and relaxed muscles.

State And Liberty

Athletic fit, performance dress clothes for men — where fashion and technology meet. From the well-dressed professor to the kicked-back student, State and Liberty has a look for any taste. State and Liberty is more than just a good-looking line of clothes, they are wearable tech as well.

For many men, fit is an issue and off-the-rack options can be boxy and ill-fitting. Custom clothes are expensive and unrealistic. Slim fit? Forget about it.

These choices generally leave guys like us with saggy butt syndrome or ill-fitting shirts.  State and Liberty has taken its knowledge of fashion and combined it with technology to make a line of fitting and sharp clothes that are stretchy, forgiving in all the right places and wick-able like workout gear. From suits for professors to khakis and t-shirts, you can go back to school looking and feeling great.

CycleBoard Rover

Their tag line is “Just Ride,” this is the all-terrain electric vehicle you’ve been waiting for, built to withstand the rigors of daily use in mixed terrain environments, including full suspension and larger 10” pneumatic tires for vibration absorption and softer ride feel.

If you’re into golf, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen the CycleBoard golf version on the course, flying down fairways. Powered by a mighty 60v 1800w brushless silent rear hub motor with 41Nm of torque and an 1152 watt hour battery, choose your favorite speed mode and get ready for thrilling acceleration, and longer range cruising.

The Cycle Board Rover has a top speed of 27 miles an hour, a 40-mile range and because of the two front wheels, it turns on a dime and has ultra-responsive maneuvering.

Responsive brakes combine hydraulic with electronic braking for complete control and smooth braking. CycleBoard Rover’s 3-wheel, intuitive lean-to-steer design with a patented linkage system (PLS) offers the ultimate experience in steering and stability and the freedom to explore any terrain in an exciting new way

The big all-terrain wheels can get you from the sidewalk to the street or the bike path without any lag. It’s great for commuting to school as an older student; easy to lock up and also folds down, so you can put it in a locker or take it with you.

With an average of 180 days, 4320 hours or 1.5552e+7 seconds in an American school year, this back-to-school tech can help you make it from beginning to end.

By David Wallach

By David Wallach

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