Back to school: Must-have tech gadgets for the college student

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's back to school for many college students this week. In fact, ASU students start Thursday! And for college kids these days, it's all about the technology.

Gadgets like tablets, headphones, Bluetooth speakers, security cams and wearables all help enhance a kid's college experience, both in the dorm and in the classroom.

Tishin Donkersley, Chief Editor of AZ Tech Beat, showed 3TV's Kaley O'Kelley some of the latest tech gadgets students are adding to their packing lists this year.

Some of the gadgets include: Tablets for the classroom, like an iPad with a virtual laser keyboard.

Tishin says forget the traditional notebooks and pens! "What the kids are doing, instead of the laptops, they're bringing in tablets," she says. "So what you do is simply take notes. Or you can take in the Apple keyboard."

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Another hot trend? Smart-watches. You can call a friend, get your Facebook notifications on your watch or check the latest scores right on your wrist. "You can take pictures; you can take memo notes," explained Tishin about the Samsung smart-watch. "You can have your notifications sent right there."

College kids love their jams, so don't forget about music. Tishin showed us a variety of music sources, speakers and headphones, including the Jawbone Mini Jambox, the BEATs Pill, the UE Boom and the Puma Soundchuck.

Parents will like the security gadgets now available. A web-cam for the apartment or dorm can keep track of activity or add an extra level of security. Learn more at

The personal item tracker also adds a level of security to your belongings. Stick this gadget into a backpack, and if anyone tries to steal it, an alarm goes off on your phone and you can track the thief. To learn more visit:

For more information on any of these gadgets, contact AZ Tech Beat, an online publication for the Arizona high tech industry.

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