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There are so many unknowns about the upcoming school year, but the right tech gear can make things easier regardless of where you (or your kid) will be learning from.
Some back-to-school tech essentials are fairly obvious -- you'll likely need a functioning laptop or iPad, a portable charger and a good pair of headphones so as not to disturb others with whatever noises flow from your speakers. There are few less obvious tech gadgets, too, like an alarm clock that's not your smartphone or a wireless mouse to get you through hours of work at your desk.
Whether you find yourself learning from a freshman dorm room or your childhood bedroom, it's easier than ever for any student to stay connected thanks to all the advancements in technology over the years. (That said, don't forget the traditional school supplies like pens, pencils and a notebook -- they'll always come in handy.)
Below, our list of the tech gear you'll need for your first day of school.