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5 Interesting Gadgets Every College Student Should Have

5 Interesting Gadgets Every College Student Should Have

Starting college can be exciting at first and then as the euphoria of a new environment starts wearing off, and school work starts piling up, it becomes daunting and stressful.  However, you can keep the excitement going with the purchase of a few cool tech gadgets made especially for students to help enhance educational activities and make things easier.

I excluded the usual, laptop, smartphone, printer, etc. and instead, included some fascinating gadgets like an awesome 21st-century twist on our note-taking habit.

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As a new term or semester begins, I know that you have set goals and ambitions for school. It really doesn’t matter if your graduation countdown has started already or you are just a newbie to the college system; here are some gadget-y helpers to assist you and gear you towards goal achievement while making the most out of your college experience.

  1. Smart Notebook

If you are a diligent note taker, like me, that prefers making notes by hand; then this is a real discovery. You can take notes with this cool, smart notebook, and it will be translated into digital form immediately. With this, you don’t have to type your notes into your gadgets after taking them down in writing; it’s simple; you write on a provided notepad with a smartpen  –  voila! It appears in digital form on your connected device. Now you can access your notes on your device at any time and even share them when require.

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    1. Bluetooth CofeeMaker

    As much as you hate studying all night, it is bound to happen. A lot of times, you really want to study, but your body has its own ideas, you can we arm yourself with lots of study fuel with this cool Bluetooth-enabled coffee maker. This is technology that will keep wowing you, and keep your roommate(s) full of gratitude. I mean, you can even start brewing your coffee from wherever you are. You just have to download the controlling app on your phone. You might be in bed or even on your way back home from the library and use the control app to schedule brew sessions.

    1. Noise Canceling Headphones

    Living in a crowded environment like a dorm can be quite difficult, especially when you are trying to study or concentrate and there are lots of distractions. You can avoid this kind of situations by getting noise canceling headphones to help you study without disturbance.  This device has cushioned ear cups that cuts off high decibel noise and external sounds. All you have to do is put on the headphone and turn on the noise-cancellation feature. Happy reading!

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    1. Smartpen

    This is very similar to the Smart Notebook. However, it is an interestingly different and innovative writing tool that records and writes spoken words on special paper. This new technology can record lectures, take notes and even synchronize both text and speech.

    1. Solar Backpack

    This is one of my favorite tech gadgets for students. With a solar backpack, students can carry their laptop, books, smartphone, etc. and keep all their gagdets charged. Durable and waterproof, it can charge gadgets quickly and only requires a few hours under solar light to be able to generate electricity.

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    Conclusion

    There are lots of other cool and useful gadgets to make your stressful studies more exciting. However, the usefulness of gadgets might vary from student to student depending on needs and preference.

    Gadgets can help improve the learning process of students; it makes learning more fun and endearing. Technology is fast merging with education for a more interesting and memorable learning process and experience. Students are advised to use gadgets wisely and innovatively.

    Featured photo credit: missoulian via missoulian.com

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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