It’s back-to-school time, and that means getting ready by stocking up on new clothes, school supplies (probably the only time you’ll be shopping for colored pencils and glue sticks) and finding the coolest backpack. But these days, it also means picking up new tech, as schooling relies on tech more than ever.
A recent study by the Consumer Technology Association says that 59% of Americans who have done or plan to do back-to-school shopping this year expect to buy technology or technology accessories. This is a 12% increase over last year, the CTA says. The group says consumers will spend about $18.5 billion on back-to-school tech products or accessories, a 6.2% increase over 2015. This is great news for consumer tech vendors, as we get to see them sell more stuff by holding sales and creating education-specific offerings.
Whether you’re entering college, high school, elementary school (or are a parent of one of those kids), here’s our list of favorite items to take along when you re-enter the classroom.