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Students of all ages need electronics when going back to school, whether at home or in the classroom. Here are some of the essentials many students need including electronics deals! This post also includes some non-electronic items that go hand-in-hand with electronics.
Dual Wireless Bluetooth or USB Mouse
Is it really a mouse anymore when it doesn’t have a tail? Think about that… lol All joking aside, having a great wireless mouse is essential, even if you have a laptop with a mouse built in. I really love using my wireless mouse whenever I can instead of using the trackpad on my laptop.
There are so many options out there and considering how quickly they run through battery, I prefer a wireless mouse that has both USB and Bluetooth ability as well as one that is able to be plugged in and recharged instead of going through a bunch of AA batteries.
Wireless Rechargeable Keyboard
Not everyone needs a wireless keyboard for a laptop but sometimes it can be really nice. My husband uses one all day at work because he likes the way it types better than the one on his laptop. I’d use one too if I worked at a desk more often and had more space on my desk (darn my Cricut! lol)
It’s nice to have the option at least so I do have one that I use from time to time.
Another cool thing about a wireless keyboard is you can use it with your iPad or iPhone if you’d like as well as with your laptop. This one even has different ‘channels’ so you can easily switch between devices!! (Ok, mine doesn’t have that, now I’m jealous…lol)
I love the low profile design of this because you can easily put it in your backpack and take it on the go if needed.
Generic iPad Pencil
If you are more of an iPad person or if your school is, you may want to get a Stylus/Pencil to draw or write on your iPad. I honestly did not want to spend a lot of money to get the Apple brand pencil so got this one a couple of years ago for my iPad and I love it! It works well and is easy to use and charge. The charge lasts a long time as well. I have one and my 1st grader has one.
iPad Case with Keyboard
I had wanted an iPad for several years but it wasn’t until my birthday in 2020 that I put it on my birthday wishlist and my dad surprised me by getting me one!! Woot!! Besides the pencil above, I also quickly accessorized my iPad with this case and keyboard.
I got the rose gold color and absolutely love it but it also comes in a variety of colors including brown, black, and green. The keyboard is detachable and held in place by magnets for a secure surface. It doesn’t come with the iPad pencil as shown in the picture but will fit the one above perfectly!
If you don’t already have an iPad I highly suggest one. I love mine, I use it more than I ever thought I would. From taking notes with my pencil shown above, drawing with it to relax, playing games on it, checking email, checking Facebook, reading books, everything! I love it!!
There are different screen sizes, memory sizes, and colors to choose from. I have just the WiFi one as it’s cheaper and I don’t need to use data when I use it outside of the home. I think I could actually use the WiFi/Data from my phone if I wanted to but haven’t tried it out.
Originally we had Kindle Fire tablets for our kids but honestly, they are so slow and clunky, we switched them all over to iPads and we’re ALL a lot happier!
Durable iPad Case
If your child has an iPad you’re going to want this case. I can attest that it is throw proof, drop proof and more I’m sure. My kids drop their iPads all the time, even on the concrete ground out front, and this case protects their iPads so much more than I thought they would! It’s awesome!
This iPad case comes in many colors and has a durable built in stand which is super helpful.
This one currently isn’t on sale but I highly, highly recommend it if you’re giving a kid an iPad. It’s extremely durable.
- ➤【2021/2020/2019 Model】iPad 10.2 Case Specially designed for iPad 10.2 2021 (iPad 9th Generation), iPad 10.2 2020 (iPad 8th generation, Model A2428 A2429 A2430 A2270), iPad 10.2 2019 (iPad 7th Generation, Model A2197,A2200,A2198)
- ➤【Built-in Screen Protector】iPad 10.2 Case built-in crystal-clear, fully integrated screen protector keeps your ipad 10.2 from scratches and drops
- ➤【Precise Openings】iPad 10.2 Case 2021/2020/2019 gives easy access to ALL buttons, ports, and cameras for ipad 9th 8th 7th generation case.
- ➤【Super Quality】iPad 9th 8th 7th Generation Case for Kids completely covers your 10.2 ipad, that protect your ipad 10.2 from daily scratching, dropping and other uses.
- ➤【Built-in Kickstand】iPad 10.2 Case for Kids with built in kickstand, makes your iPad 9th 8th 7th generation case for kids with multi-angle watching!
Home Office Lap Desk
Though this isn’t technically electronics, it helps with electronics so that counts, right?! If you like to work anywhere BUT a desk or table, this is for you! I love using this in bed or on the couch. It’s so great to still be able to use my mouse and not having it slip around with the built in mousepad. Yes, I said mousepad. I thought that I was sooooo beyond mousepads until I was using a different lap desk that didn’t have a mousepad and it was so frustrating that the mouse kept sliding off whenever I moved. My cat was frustrated too since the mouse kept falling on her. Whoops!
This lap desk also features a wrist rest to be more ergonomic AND to keep your mouse from slipping off if you move around a lot.
This is so great to have to keep my laptop from overheating, keep my mouse in place, and keep my phone at hand. It’s also more comfortable to have this lap desk rather than just having my computer on my lap – especially when wearing shorts! Laptops are cold!
Ok, I realize this isn’t electronic BUT it holds your electronics so I figured it could count here.
This Amazon Basics Laptop Backpack can fit up to a 17″ laptop! It has so many awesome pockets including 4 main compartments, 2 mesh water bottle compartments (one for coffee and one for water is how roll!!), a padded sleeve for a laptop, and smaller organizational compartments for keys, phone, etc.
I LOVE backpacks and anything organizational. When I saw this I wanted to buy it but then reminded myself I don’t need yet another backpack, I’m fine with the ones I have. Ha! We’ll see how long that lasts…I really like this one…
- Laptop backpack makes it easy to transport a laptop, books, and more; ideal for travel, work, or school
- Includes a large multi-compartment backpack with a padded sleeve for laptops
- Holds a laptop or notebook computer up to 17 inches
- Organizational compartments for pens, keys, cell phone, and other small items
- 2 mesh water bottle pockets, 1 on either side
- Product dimensions: 13.4 x 7 x 19.3 inches (LxWxH, exterior); 12 x 4.5 x 17.5 inches (LxWxH, interior)
- Large multi-compartment backpack with a padded sleeve for laptops
- Mesh water bottle pockets at side
- Organizational compartments for pens, keys, and cell phone
Power Strip with 3 USB Ports
Everyone needs a power strip! It’s amazing how quickly you run out of outlets! There are four widely spaced outlets so they won’t crowd each other like on a typical power strip plus 3 USB charging ports which always seem to be needed these days!
This power strip has a long 5-foot cord and you can also upgrade to a 15-foot cord if you need a longer one!
- 7 in 1 Desktop Power Strip: This 3 prong extension cord could turn 1 socket into 4 AC outlets and 3 USB ports, can charge 7 devices simultaneously without blocking, keep your desktop organized; You can use it in any indoor place such as home, office and dorm room
- Right Angle Flat Plug Power Strip: 5 foot extension cord can fit easily in desktop, nightstand; 45 degree right angle create enough space makes this extension cord does not obstruct other plugs, suitable for installing behind sofa, wardrobe, bookshelves, and other furniture
- Power Strip with USB: This nightstand USB charging station with 3 USB ports can detect charger devices and deliver optimum charging speed up to 2.4A max per port, meet your various charging demands for bedroom, bathroom, kitchen; ideal for cell phone, tablet, earphone, etc;
- Widely Space Outlet: 4 AC outlets with 1.9 inches long space in between, separated enough to fit 4 big plugs at the same time without blocking each other; Makes this desk power strip easier to use various equipment in any place with limited sockets, especially in bedroom, living room
- Mountable Power Strip: 2 mounting holes design allow this small power stip securely installed in various applications, such as workbenches, wall mounts, floor mounts, under counters and more; 4 rubber feet at the bottom efficiently keeps it from slipping and sliding
Larger Power Strip
I have two of these in my office currently and I love them! I was having such a hard time with how short my cord was for my old power strip / surge protector and needed a new one! This one is great because it has a flat plugin which fits great behind my bookcase, has 3 spots for USB charging and one USB C charging port. It also has 10 3-prong outlets that are faced away from each other so they don’t interfere with each other. I loved my first one so much I got a second!
HP DeskJet Wireless Color Printer
We LOVE our HP Printer and Instant Ink subscription. This printer is an all-in-one that has a flatbed scanner so you can make copies and scan to your computer, as well as a rear input tray that holds 60 sheets of paper. This printer includes 6 months of ink with their instant ink subscription, which I talk more about in this blog post.
Apple AirTag 4 Pack
Have things you don’t want to loose? Attach an Apple AirTag to it and you’ll never be without it! Everything from your keys to your backpack to your purse and more, you can make sure you always know where it is.
You can also get a keychain and attach it to your child’s belt loop or shoe to keep track of them when in a busy place, especially if they tend to wander off.
These clear cases for Airtags are great to put on backpacks, shoes, keys, and more. They have an easy clasp to transfer from place to place if needed, though strong enough it won’t fall off. If you’re not in love with the bright colors, they have plenty of other styles on sale as well, through the same link.
TI-84 Plus CE Color Graphing Calculator
This is so cool! I haven’t had a need for a graphing calculator in at least 15 years so I did not know that they could be in color! Wow! I’m dorkishly amused by this, not gonna lie.
Color or not, a TI-84 is a must have for many math classes as you get older. Even better that it’s now in color!
- High-resolution, full-color backlit display.Horizontal and vertical split-screen options..Display type : LED. Number of Items : 1.
- Rechargeable battery
- Preloaded apps and images.Fourteen interactive zoom features
- MathPrint feature.Seven different graph styles for differentiating the look of each graph drawn
- Available in a variety of fun colors, Customers may receive python version while supplies last.
- "Packaging may vary". Compatible with CBR 2 motion sensor
- Lightweight, yet durable enough to withstand the demands of the classroom year after year
Not quite to the point of needing a graphing calculator but need something more than a basic one? This scientific calculator is just what you need! Though the screen isn’t color, it does come in different case colors so that’s kinda neat, though I do notice that different colors have different prices.
- Robust, professional grade scientific calculator. Logs and antilogs
- It has 2-line display shows entry and calculated result at same time
- Easily handles 1 and 2 variable statistical calculations and three angle modes (degrees, radians, and grads) and scientific and engineering Falsetation modes
- It has 1-year limited warranty
- Solar and battery powered
SanDisk 2TB Portable SSD
Do you need an external hard drive / extreme portable SSD for your laptop? Look no further!
There are different colors and different sizes to choose from with varying prices and percentages off.
- Get NVMe solid state performance with up to 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds in a portable, high-capacity drive(1) (Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device & other factors. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.)
- Up to 3-meter drop protection and IP65 water and dust resistance mean this tough drive can take a beating(3) (Previously rated for 2-meter drop protection and IP55 rating. Now qualified for the higher, stated specs.)
- Use the handy carabiner loop to secure it to your belt loop or backpack for extra peace of mind.
- Help keep private content private with the included password protection featuring 256‐bit AES hardware encryption.(3)
- Easily manage files and automatically free up space with the SanDisk Memory Zone app.(5)
Would school, work, or gaming be easier with an external monitor but you’re always on the go? This Portable Monitor is the perfect solution! It has almost 5K ratings and has an overall rating of 4.5 stars!
It connects to your laptop via cable which also powers it.
I honestly just bought one of these for myself as I work more efficiently with two screens.
Levono Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop
When my oldest son started online school at a new school we needed to use a laptop instead of the iPad we had been using. My husband is a web developer and did extensive research before deciding on this one.
A few months later we are still very happy with it and are going to get two more for the twins when they enter school in less than a year.
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If your students have devices that make noise you may want to get them some headphones, especially if you plan to take the devices on car rides. For kids, it’s important to get kids headphones so they have a volume control that doesn’t let them go too loud and damage hearing.
Whether you’re shopping for kids headphones or adult headphones, there are some great options in the headphones blog post below.
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As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.