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The Classroom Tech Boom

Five new gadgets to improve your collegiate career.

Are you still taking notes with pen and paper like it’s 2001? Do you lose your wallet at least once a week? Wondering why you are always broke? If any or all of these things apply to you, it sounds like you could use a little assistance. And I’m here to help.

Technology is growing in every aspect of the world whether that be in the classroom, in the real world, or just at home. It’s time to get up to speed with the new gadgets to make your new year more enjoyable. Here’s five different devices that won’t break your bank, but will improve your game.

TileMate Item Finder ($35 for 4-pack)

If you’re anything like me, you easily misplace things. It’s not our fault, it just happens. Like my mom says, I’d lose my butt if it wasn’t attached. Well, maybe TileMate is the answer we’ve all been looking for. It is basically a…well, a tile that you attach to anything you want to track. You just have to sync the tiles with your TileMate app and you’re done. You can put it in your keyring, stick it to your phone or simply slide it in in your wallet. The plus side is that you’ll stop losing your stuff. The unfortunate side is that you’ll have to come up with a new excuse to put off writing your papers.

Beurer Daylight Lamp ($50)

I’ll level with you. Getting out of class at 5 p.m. and it already being dark out makes me want to go home and take a nap. With the Beurer Daylight Lamp you can at least feel like it’s still day out. Like the Robert Louis Stevenson poem goes, “Late lies the wintry sun a-bed / A frosty, fiery sleepy-head / Blinks but an hour or two and then / A blood-red orange, sets again”. Some believe that daylight lamps increase productivity and help you combat seasonal affective disorder. If anything, it will make your room less dark and gloomy. Up and at ‘em, champ!

Saent Button ($59)

The best way that I can describe this item is your mom in button form. The Saent Button is accountability in a nutshell. In the Saent software, you set up a task and how long you want to spend on it. The Saent button will then block all of your disruptive websites, and measure the time that you have left on your task, while incorporating breaks throughout. If you know you’re one of those people who can’t be trusted to focus on one task at a time, you might want to give this a shot.

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Mophie PowerStation ($40)

The amount of times I forget my charger at home is honestly chilling. Power stations are a lifesaver for those days when you trek all the way across campus from your dorm and find that your phone is out of juice -or worse, your fancy new iPad. The Mophie PowerStation is a rechargeable 6,000 mAh universal battery that you can use to charge your phone and your tablet at. the.
same. time.

Rocketbook Everlast ($30)

From the creators of that notebook you can microwave to erase comes a notebook that you can reuse until the day you die. Gone are the days of writing notes on a bulky notebook. When you buy a Rocketbook Everlast, you download the Rocketbook app to your phone. Everything that you write on the notebook, you can scan onto the app, which will deliver your notes in PDF format to any destination you choose, from Dropbox to Evernote. After you digitize your notes, simply wet a cloth and wipe the notebook clean, and use it again. This notebook is essentially a step up from CamScanner. Not only will the notes get automatically sorted to your choosing, but you can search your handwritten text. My Rocketbook has changed my life. When you’re taking a class that relies on in-class discussion for tests, this is priceless to have.

Nicole Pizarro

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