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Techno tips to get kids organized for school year

When it’s time for the kids to head back to school, they’ll often find themselves buried in binders, folders and enough loose-leaf paper to transcribe “War and Peace.” Your son or daughter might be able to keep these supplies neat and tidy for a couple of days, maybe even a week or two, but eventually, organization is going to fall by the wayside.

Unless, of course, you find a way to store it all in a space the size of say, a hard drive. Remember folks, it’s 2014 — technology rules the day. So stop treating back to school like they did last century and take a look at some techno-savvy tips that can keep your kids organized year-round.

Digitize

We’ve established that sheets of paper can disappear, but notebooks and binders can vanish as well. Problem is, to lose one of those, is to lose much more than just a day’s homework. Luckily, it’s a little more difficult to lose a computer.

If you decide to digitize, look for something that’s both portable and durable. Consider HP’s Next Generation PC and Print Portfolio, which has some great choices for students. The HP ENVY x360, for instance, is a convertible PC offering up to a terabyte of storage and a unique hinge that shifts from notebook to tent or tablet mode; it’s powerful enough for work and versatile enough for play (not during class, of course). The HP Split x2 is another option. A sleek, lightweight model, this 2-in-1 detachable PC enables users to easily switch from notebook to tablet and back.

Before going this route, just be sure to find out whether your local school district allows such devices in the classroom.

Ink and Paper

While having all your course materials in one place is convenient, most teachers don’t accept assignments sent as e-mail attachments.

A multi-functional printer is a staple in any modern household, so you’ll want to make sure your kids have access to one. Try the HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One printer if you’re in need. It doubles as a copier/scanner and features HP Instant Ink, a monthly service that automatically orders replacement cartridges before your ink runs out, saving you time and up to 50 percent on ink. Plus, it can print from most smartphones and tablets.

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