Instead of reinventing the wheel I am listing some interesting resources I found with some comments.

Extremely important tip for Back to School Laptops!!!

One thing I’ve noticed with a lot of buying guides is a tip that is extremely important from a college student’s point of view


Please make sure you check your college and your program to see what they say you need in a computer. I have already met with students who bought Macs even though they were going into a Mobile Learning Program (MLP – requires your own device at Algonquin College).

If you do not buy the type of computer your school recommends you may not be able to run the tools you need to succeed, your Profs and the support staff may not be able to help you either.

Laptops for Back-to-School: How to Make the Right Choiceby Loyd Case, PCWorld

Loyd has some interesting points to consider:

“What types of classes are they taking? Will the emphasis be on math or writing or will it be a blend of both?  Online collaboration is more common now than in past years, so reliable networking capabilities and a good webcam are must-haves, too.”

Loyd’s list of key considerations.

  • Budget
  • Mobility
  • Battery life
  • Usability
  • Display
  • Mac versus PC
  • Storage
  • Secondary storage
  • Connectivity
  • Support

An interesting and helpful article on BACKPACKS?

10 Back Pack and Computer Bag Tips for Back to School from Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) July 19, 2012

10 important things to consider about choosing a laptop bag, what a great article to come across and just when the navy blue bottom of my backpack has turned from padded and woven material to an almost see through mesh-like material form a decade of abuse, very timely. Thanks for the advice.

Duo Tangs, Binders and Notebooks oh my!

Back To School: Notebook, Binder, or Duotang? Uploaded by CompassBlue

That’s right a video about low tech on a high tech blog, why not? Great video! Inspired me to get in touch with my low tech side.

Boots and notebooks, I can’t wait to go out shopping!

I was looking for something else when I found this video, I love YouTube and I am glad that everyone is out there sharing everything and anything.

Have a great start to your year!


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2 Responses to Back to school laptop – 2012

  1. Chris says:

    What are these binders you speak of? They look a bit like OneNote or Evernote, but seem a bit more old fashioned.

  2. Chris says:

    One thing students with disabilities should consider is will the laptop run your assistive technology. This is especially important if you need to use Dragon Naturally Speaking as a writing tool, as Dragon requires enough processor speed, and memory to work well. If you are not sure if you need assistive technology, or are not sure what the technology requires, check with your college’s Assistive Technologists.

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