I graduated from college almost 10 years before computers started being a main stream college accessory. I would love to be a student again not only because I enjoy learning, but I would love to have access to the technologies today’s students use every day.
The most advanced piece of tech I used in college was the HP 41 CV programmable calculator with the magnetic card strip reader attachment. I loved that calculator, and to this day, it is the only kind of machine I have truly programmed. Yikes, sorry for the geek flashback.
If I was going to college this fall, I would take and use the following technologies at school.
What if you were going back to college today, what technology would you take or use?
|iPhone (smartphone)||$99 and up||In addition to being a communication device, an iPhone (or other smartphone) is a: scheduler, camera, calculator, note taker, voice recorder, conversion table, dictionary, thesaurus, periodic table, video player, music player, gaming device and almost anything else I need for school or entertainment.|
|12-13" Laptop||$500-1500||See my article: 2 laptop suggestions for college students|
|Zoho and/or Google Docs||Free||Using online productivity tools safeguard student projects and give access to them from any computer.|
|Pulse Smartpen from Livescribe||$150-200||This device records and digitizes written notes and the lecture itself. Check it out by clicking here|
|Small Point & Shoot digital camera||$80-150||A camera phone can only do so much.|
|Laser Printer||$150 +||Ink Jet printers just don't hold up to moves and student use, plus the ink refills can break the bank. Instead go with this Brother or this HP laser printer. They are black & white printers, but if you need color for the occasional document, use your roommates.|