Back-to-School Technology Finds

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We aren't too tech heavy on Momtrends, but we do recognize products that make our lives easier and for back-to-school time this includes some innovative products that are also educational. Here are just a few of our favorite tech finds for you and your kids.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z: During a recent preview I had the chance to check out this tablet and I really haven't put it down since. As the world's thinnest tablet, I love it for watching movies since the screen is sharp, staying on top of my social media channels, taking pictures, listening to music - which I can do throughout the day since its battery lasts up to 9 hours! The tablet also has a revolutionary water resistant feature that can be submersed in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time! Perfect for older kids as well as a fun and useful tech options for the whole family as you use it for all of your many needs.

ZAZOO KiDS Photo Clock: Back-to-school also means that it's time to wake up to an alarm and with a child in kindergarten we are going to be using the ZAZOO KiDS Photo Clock. Designed to help young children recognize that it is time to sleep (by showing a moon), stay in bed (still the moon) or wake-up (a sun), the clock can help kids get to sleep and wake up with its audio alarm that includes ringing, beeping or waking to music. Another fun option is that you can use a pre-loaded song or wake to a song of your choice.

InnoTab 3S by VTech: We love the affordable tablet for kids that also has Wi-Fi and a kid-safe Web browser! At under $100, this learning tablet includes 20 free apps (you can also purchase more from their app store), a camera, a color touchscreen, Movie Maker where kids can create their own stop-motion animations, and arts studio and much more for hours of learning fun.

Reading resources: There are a bevy of options for kids as they to read. One of our favorites is the new Learn with Homer app, a phonics-based learning app (check out our full recap here). As traveling moms, we also love the "The Magical Book Reader" from Sparkup. Featuring visual recognition technology, this innovative system is able to "see" and "read" as it scans each page and links the recording to the corresponding page. I tested this out and I loved how I could read to my girls as the reader recorded my voice and scanned the page and the played it back for them. This is an incredible resource for families as it helps them to stay connected to story time when parents have to work late or are traveling.

Cool Cell Phone Cases: Most older kids have a cell phone and to decorate their phones we love the "techcessories" from Cellairis, a leading mobile accessory. From studious iPad cases to a range of fashion-forward and protective cell phone cases. Some favorite include the Cellairis Peacock Diamond Case and the Cellairis Frabel Trek Case for Apple in White/Neon Green.

Toshiba’s KIRAbook Ultrabook: Treat the student heading to college to the level of performance that he deserves. Toshiba’s KIRAbook is a striking Ultrabook that features an ultra-high resolution PixelPure touchscreen display in a beautiful, compact design. The KIRAbook is comprised of premium materials and weighs a mere 2.6 pounds and stands at 0.7 inches slim. Pricing for the KIRAbook starts at $1,599 (for a non-touch unit).

Toshiba Satellite C-Series Laptops:An ideal laptop for any student who is just starting out, Toshiba’s touchscreen Satellite C-Series Laptops are stylish, fully customizable, and extremely affordable- perfect for everyday mobile computing.

WebCurfew: With all of this tech, it is important to shut down, which is why we are big fans of WebCurfew, a new service that allows parents to remotely switch Internet access on or off for any device in the home. How it works is that WebCurfew detects all Wi-Fi-enabled devices running in the home, including laptop computers, iPods and other MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and IP TVs. With WebCurfew’s free service, parents have the ability to manually allow or disallow Internet access to any or all devices in the home by simply logging in and clicking a button on their personalized Control Panel Web interface. It is an entirely Web-based service, which means there is no software to download, install or configure. And the solution works with the routers people already have in their home.

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