The latest tech devices and products for students
Written byCarley Knobloch
ZACT Phone & Service
This cell service is totally transparent: Users never pay for what they don’t use in calling, texting and data and can modify plans from their phones at any time. What makes it truly fantastic, though, are the parental controls, so that Plants vs. Zombies won’t work during school hours. For pricing, to go zact.com.
The North Face
This backpack hides a battery that can store enough power to keep a student’s phone, MP3 player or other USB device charged all day. $229, thenorthface.com
Kotobuki Bento Box
Lunch can be nutritious and adorable, as this distinct container proves. Everything is dishwasher and microwave safe, so cleanup is easy at the end of the day. $24, fab.com
If your kids are riding to school on a bike or scooter, these headphones could be a lifesaver. They sit outside the ear, delivering great sound without making it hard to hear traffic or voices. $69, aftershokz.com
A great homework stool, perfect for a fidgety student. It wobbles, tilts and adjusts for height, so kids who squirm in regular chairs will feel right at home. $199, myturnstone.com
If you’ve got a Kindle, this subscription enables you to turn it over to the kids without worrying about access to inappropriate material. Amazon FreeTime unlocks thousands of hand-picked titles (books, TV, apps, games) for kids ages 3 to 8. No ads, no in-app purchases, no worries. Prices start at $2.99/month at amazon.com.
Carley Knobloch is the editor of digitwhirl.com and a contributor for TODAY. As a Valley-based digital lifestyle consultant, she offers clients tech solutions to simplify and better organize their lives.