It’s hard to believe that back to school is nearly officially here! Where has the summer gone? With parents and students looking to do a little back to school shopping before the big day, tech expert Mario Armstrong was kind enough to join me an interview this morning to dish on his top five back to school must haves for kids ages five and up!
Candace Rose: With back to school nearly officially here, do you have any money saving tips for parents and students?
Mario Armstrong: “Absolutely. I’ve got a ton of things for you to think about that’s going to save you a lot of money. I have one that’s related to smartphones and those heavy bills, and another one on how you should actually buy your next laptop and look for the best deals. I’m going to start with that first!
You really want to look for those bundled deals, that’s really where you’re going to find a lot of discounts for having a lot of things grouped together. Office Depot and OfficeMax are leading the way with an awesome laptop bundle deal with this Dell laptop (please see video above for details). This Dell laptop bundle includes the 15” Inspiron touchscreen with an AMD processor, six gigs of memory, a terabyte of hard drive space, so more than enough space to store all of your research and papers and homework, and then on top of that, the bundle begins. Then you start getting included – Microsoft Office 365, McAfee Internet Security, and a Microsoft wireless mouse – they’re putting all of that together and they’re giving you the low price of only $399 for the whole bundle. That’s saving over $330 right there. Head to their website to go check out more at OfficeDepot.com/School. By the way, Windows 10 is coming up so if you need to get any of those qualified devices upgraded, they can handle it for you as well. Just walk into an OfficeMax or Office Depot store to get the bundle or to talk about Windows 10.
The other thing is the smartphone, Candace. Everyone needs one, parents want their kids to have one for peace of mind, but they don’t want those big bills, so check out the Idol 3 from Alcatel’s Onetouch. It’s unlocked which means you can use it on any service provider, it’s loaded with a ton of features which all kids want. It’s got a crisp 5.5 full HD display on this with technicolor enhanced technology, which means it’s going to be movie quality graphics on there. It also has dual front speakers from JBL which sound incredible, a 13 megapixel camera on the back, an eight megapixel camera on the front (a wide angle lens on the front) – all of that for under $250 and no lengthy contract, so lots of savings right there with those two items.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice for parents shopping for educational toys for their kids?
Mario Armstrong: “Yes! Lego and Wonder Workshop have come out with some really awesome ideas. It’s going to help kids be entertained and also learn a lot. Lego has been a brand name that we’ve known for years, it’s been out there for a long time, and they have the Technic line. I love Lego Technic and I love the idea that kids ages 9-16 can take their Lego joy to a whole other level with intricate building of stuff that actually makes real world movements. This fire plane mimics real world movements (be sure to see Mario Armstrong demonstrate in the video above). It’s really taking that prototype and the fun that Lego creates to a whole other level. It’s getting kids to really think about problem solving with their hands and we’re talking under $50, so head over to Shop.Lego.com for that.
Dash & Dot are award winning programmable robots. They’re teaching kids how to code in a really fun and entertaining way. You get to use four free apps on Android and Apple devices and then basically you’re dragging and dropping different actions and different types of code for the robot to go ahead and do, and then it will execute that and start moving based off of what you’re telling it to do. It can get really complicated, they can use your voice; when you’re kicking a soccer ball, it’s a lot of fun for kids to see the behind the scenes on how math and science work in a fun way with these robots. It’s teaching them coding principles, problem solving, and teachers in over 400 schools across the country are using these in classrooms as well.
We gave you a nice variety of different things from five and up to not only save money, but to also have an educational and entertaining experience at the same time.
All of this can be found on our website at KillerApps.tv.”