Tech Gear: Es­sen­tial Back-to-School List

TECH GEAR TO GET YOUR KID EX­CITED FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR

iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - BY BECCA LUD­LUM

Whether you're a stu­dent or par­ent, you know that iPhones are one of the most im­por­tant tools you can have in school. We use our iPhones for email, re­search, emer­gen­cies, and even note-tak­ing and project work­shop­ping. We've pulled to­gether some of our fa­vorite back-to-school ac­ces­sories for your iPhone that make life as a stu­dent a lit­tle eas­ier. Leef iBridge Mo­bile Mem­ory (Start­ing at $59.99) Our iPhones are ca­pa­ble of so much more than mak­ing calls and send­ing mes­sages; they're mini com­put­ers that we carry in our pock­ets, al­low­ing us to take notes, cre­ate pre­sen­ta­tions, and cor­re­spond with teach­ers. But if you rely on your phone for many of your school-re­lated projects, then it only makes sense that your de­vice will even­tu­ally need more space. The Leef iBridge can help. By sim­ply con­nect­ing your iPhone to the iBridge, you can quickly ex­pand your stor­age space, free­ing up room for pic­tures and video, your Drop­box, or any other need. The best part? You can con­nect the Leef iBridge to both your mo­bile de­vice or com­puter. Ot­terbox Resur­gence Power Case ($59.97)

Whether at school or at home, pro­tect­ing your phone from dam­age is im­por­tant—and hav­ing some ex­tra bat­tery power is a nice bonus too! The Resur­gence Bat­tery Case from Ot­terbox tack­les both prob­lems in one swift mo­tion, pro­tect­ing your de­vice from drops and scratches while adding at least one full charge to its bat­tery life. With the Resur­gence, you'll have power long after the bell rings if you want to head out for pizza after class with some friends.

Flic ($34)

Flic is a wire­less but­ton that you can pro­gram to do things like con­trol your light­ing, play mu­sic, or func­tion as a shut­ter re­lease but­ton for tak­ing pho­tos. Since the but­ton is small, you can eas­ily place it on your desk or coun­ter­top, or even at­tach it to your shirt or back­pack. There are tons of ways you can use the Flic, but there is one ser­vice that makes it es­sen­tial for ev­ery stu­dent: as an alert sys­tem. You can pro­gram the but­ton so that, when pressed, Flic sends an alert to some­one of your choos­ing let­ting them know that you're in trou­ble. The best part is, it will also send along your GPS co­or­di­nates and con­tinue to track you as well. Easy­care Smart­phone Ster­il­izer ($69.99)

Germs tend to run ram­pant in a class­room set­ting. Of­ten­times a child or teen will come home from school and carry with them a cold that's been cir­cu­lat­ing among their fel­low class­mates. Add to that pic­ture a smart­phone, one of the dirt­i­est and germ-in­fested things we own, and you've got a real prob­lem. Easy­care Ster­il­izer is a small box that uses UV light­ing to clean your de­vice and clear it of nasty bac­te­ria. Us­ing this box can lessen the chance of skin break­outs and sick­ness. Ko­diak iGlass Tem­pered Glass Screen Pro­tec­tor ($29.95)

We all know that school can be a bit of a jun­gle, and ac­ci­dents hap­pen out in the wild. Hav­ing a screen pro­tec­tor is the best way to avoid cracks or shat­ters that can ren­der your iPhone un­us­able. The Ko­diak iGlass is one of the best screen pro­tec­tors avail­able, and it's also the eas­i­est to in­stall. Ko­diak is a brand I trust and use my­self. Jaw­bone Up2 ($99.99)

Aside from track­ing your fit­ness and en­cour­ag­ing you to make health­ier food choices, the UP2 mea­sures the amount of rest you get each night and pro­vides tips on how to sleep bet­ter in the fu­ture. A good night's sleep en­sures stu­dents can think clearly through­out the day and per­form their best. So why shouldn't par­ents and stu­dents be mon­i­tor­ing their sleep to make sure they get the best sleep pos­si­ble? Use the Jaw­bone Up2 for min­i­mal dis­trac­tion dur­ing class, but op­ti­mal per­for­mance while sleep­ing. A bonus is the Jaw­bone's smart alarm—a vi­brat­ing alarm that senses changes in your nat­u­ral sleep pat­terns and wakes you up nat­u­rally in­stead of right as you fall back into a deep sleep.

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