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10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools

College students tote a ton of technology when they head off to school. Here are 10 more gadgets and apps worth throwing in the backpack.
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Podio for Students enables users to team up on projects using familiar social metaphors, such as status updates, likes, chat and comments. Podio has launched several major updates this year, adding instant messaging and one-to-one video chat; a redesigned iPhone app; and a faster, more comprehensive Android app. Other student-friendly features include the ability to set up separate workspaces for different study groups, projects, classes and so on; a task manager; and a survey feature. Get more information and sign up for free.

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David F. Carr
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8/20/2013 | 3:10:00 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
I had no idea Podio had a free edition for students. Usually, their free accounts are limited to 5 users (plus "guest users"). Does that apply here?
David F. Carr
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8/20/2013 | 3:44:39 PM
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Podio student edition has apparently been around for years, but as far as I can tell instructors who wanted to use it in a course would still be bound by terms that apply to business users.

Announcement from 2011
http://blog.podio.com/2011/11/...
Lorna Garey
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8/20/2013 | 7:08:52 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
Never mind back to school, I want some of these for myself ...
Deb Donston-Miller
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8/20/2013 | 10:49:06 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
I wish that all of these things had been around when I was in college. I don't want to date myself by naming the IT available to me at the time. (Let's just say I needed corrective ribbon.) How have things changed since you've been in college?

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, InformationWeek
pbyrne
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8/21/2013 | 5:50:09 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
It indicates that join.me is free, but their website indicates otherwise. Did I miss something?
Deb Donston-Miller
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8/22/2013 | 1:19:52 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
According to the vendor, "Basic is free, period. No time limits."

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, InformationWeek
dflipse333
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8/23/2013 | 6:25:11 PM
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we use join.me at work frequently. It's awesome. Been using the free "trial" version for years.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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8/21/2013 | 8:53:50 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
Podio sounds a lot like Lore.com, a similar platform used for education.
OtherJimDonahue
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8/21/2013 | 9:28:21 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
My parents sent me to college with an abacus and a quill pen
WKash
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8/27/2013 | 9:29:29 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
I love the idea of the Livescribe pen, but knowing how quickly I lose pens, I think I'd still be better at just taking notes w/ an old fashion keyboard.
Cara Latham
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8/27/2013 | 10:24:02 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
The StickNFind sticker looks like it could be useful for anyone -- not just students. I may just invest in it, given my occasional absent-mindedness.
Deb Donston-Miller
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8/29/2013 | 2:36:07 AM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
I have thought the same thing myself, Cara. I need one for my glasses!

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, InformationWeek
Cara Latham
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9/3/2013 | 12:45:16 PM
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Hahaha! I agree. Though, I recently solved that problem by getting contacts
Becca L
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9/6/2013 | 2:53:12 AM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
Having just lost my keys, I agree this would be incredibly useful. Hindsight is 20/20 - unlike you with your glasses! I was looking at the Tile product I see advertised on FB, but now I'll have to compare...
iminmessaging
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9/4/2013 | 8:02:43 AM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
These are great tech tools. I loved them all, but I want the laptop/tablet hybrid. This will surely give an edge regarding the applications. It is so clear that you can switch between Windows and Android. We all know Android is built on Ubuntu, a vendor of Linux, so we can use Android apps and then switch to Windows for Windows apps and friendly working environment.
Deb Donston-Miller
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9/5/2013 | 2:11:53 PM
re: 10 Cool Back-To-School Tech Tools
A system like that would certainly cover a lot of bases.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, InformationWeek
iminmessaging
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9/5/2013 | 3:17:07 PM
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Yes, I agree with you. Just think in one hand we have OpenOffice in Android and in another MS Office. It will be just awesome to get the working experience.
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