Parents are notorious for over-exaggerating how education has changed. Your dad might joke that when he was young he had to walk uphill both ways, in the snow, to get to school. Classic. But they’re not wrong. Education is changing all the time, especially for young children.
The coronavirus has drastically changed how millions of children and young adults are participating in class. Many have been forced into remote-only learning from their living rooms. Parents are left to create spaces where children aren’t distracted and have access to the technology required for successful remote learning. It’s not always clear what your little one will need to make learning from home work, so we’ve put together a “must-have” list of tech gear to ensure your children can get through the school day without a glitch.
Networking Gear for a Solid Connection
One thing has become clear, every school and educator is approaching remote learning in their own way. Some teachers are mixing direct communication via email and assignment portals, while some are launching live-video sessions to lead entire classes. The connection between every approach is the internet. You’ll need a solid connection to keep your kid’s screen fresh and not lagging behind.
The solution is reliable networking gear. Modems, routers, and Wi-Fi extenders are the tools that keep your kids connected in class. Now is a great time to perfect your setup and maybe even upgrade. Luckily, we’ve created a quick, easy guide to help make sure your Wi-Fi isn’t letting you down.
If you’ve correctly placed your router and the connection is still spotty, you might need to upgrade and purchase a new router. The variations of routers can give any parent a headache. Do you go for the high-priced model or the one that comes with simple instructions? To pick the right model, you need to consider what your kids will be doing online. Lots of video sessions or multiple kids at home could mean a tri-band router is a good choice. We’ll walk you through all the model numbers and codes to help you choose the best router for your children’s needs.
Accessories that Help Your Child Focus and Boost Storage Space
Studying with a whole family going about their business is hard. Getting distracted is inevitable. When your kid needs a quiet spot but there isn’t one, noise-cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver.
Between classes like English, math, writing, and foreign language, there are a lot of documents that need to be saved and stored. The problem is school issued laptops are often overloaded with apps and data that take up available space and, let’s face it, they’re not the most reliable devices. An external hard-drive is an easy solution to protect everything your child is working on throughout the school year.