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Best classroom accessories: The teacher’s back-to-school list

Thinking about back to school time often sparks images of backpacks, class schedules, and supply lists. However, teachers are heading back to the classroom too and have a long list of items they need for the school year. Beyond the jumbo pack of glue sticks, Clorox wipes, and extra pencils, here are a few things you don’t want to keep off of your back to school checklist.

Cloud-based education tools

G Suite for Education

Staff pick

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G Suite has all the digital tools you need to engage with your students, keep track of their progress, encourage collaboration, create and distribute permission forms and study materials, and communicate with students and parents. Teachers get an account for free when their school partners with Google and then can give access to students.

Free at Google

Weekly lesson planner

Carson-Dellosa Aim High

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This planner dedicates a full spread to each week giving you plenty of space to jot down every detail of lessons, corresponding activities and include notes for aides and substitutes for the entire school year. There are spaces to log thoughts, reminders, students grades and daily progress, and store important contact information.

$14 at Amazon

Bluetooth speaker

OontZ Angle 3

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This wireless speaker is a great way to amplify your voice when using Bluetooth enabled devices including portable microphones and projectors. Connect your cellphone to play music, which can kids concentrate while working, or choose a pop song list as a reward. This speaker connects to Amazon Echo devices, too.

$26 at Amazon

Folder organizer

Smead Cascading Wall Organizer

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This organizer includes six, letter-sized reusable folders in different colors. Each holds 50 sheets of paper and has cord closures for added security. The folders slip easily in and out from the cascading organizer that is just over 36 inches long. Made from tear-proof poly material, this organizer can be used over and over each year.

$13 at Amazon

Pocket organizer

Misslo Numbered Chart

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This pocket organizer is a great way to keep student’s phones out of their hands during class time. Each pocket is numbered so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Itr can be used to store other essentials such as calculators and office supplies. It comes with four hooks for easy, nail-free hanging.

$14 at Amazon

Grading calculator

E-Z Grader

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The E-Z Grader helps you quickly figure out the percentage grades of homework, tests, and quizzes. Enter the number of questions and this grading calculator will display scores based on the number of problems the student missed. This grader works with tests with up to 95 problems.

$11 at Amazon

USB document camera

IPEVO V4K

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The IPEVO document camera captures high definition images and video. This is a great tool for projecting live streams or scanning book pages or homework assignments into a digital format. This document camera is compatible with PC, Mac, and Chromebook, along with a variety of apps and programs.

$99 at Amazon

Recognition stamps

ECR4Kids Teacher Stamps

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This collection of eight self-inking stamps include messages like “Terrific,” “Outstanding,” and “Good work” in fun, bright colors with extra embellishments. There is even a stamp to use when an assignment needs a little extra work, but the fun, colorful wording helps it become more encouraging.

$16 at Amazon

Motivational posters

Palace Learning Classroom Wall Posters

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Hanging Palace Learning motivational posters is a great way to decorate the classroom while also encouraging students to do their best. This package of 16 different chalkboard-style posters is designed to remind students to keep trying and work hard. Each poster is printed on 120-pound poster paper and measures 13 by 9 inches.

$30 at Amazon

Our final thoughts

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Teachers have our utmost respect for the hours of dedication and sacrifice they give to their students. We know a lot of personal funds go to ensure students have the bare minimum to survive the school year, on top of creating a fun learning environment. There are a few extra items that make organizing and managing a classroom easier.

We think every teacher should have access to G Suite for Education. This tool connects you to all the office programs of Google One, like Docs, Sheets, and Slide, plus Gmail for accessing school email addresses. But you also have access to Google Forms, which is a great tool for creating and sending permission slips to parents. Everything created using G Suite, including announcements, handouts and study guides, can be sent directly to students, parents, and administrators from within the program. Teachers with G Suite accounts also get to use the collaboration tools, including Hangouts and Classroom. These help you create, assign, and monitor group projects and allow real-time collaboration and document editing. All homework can be sent through G Suites, too, and help you can keep track of student grades and progress.

There is a big hitch to this perk, though. While G Suites is free for teachers and students to use, the school must partner with Google first to allow teachers access. G Suite for Education is offered to schools for free, too, so we encourage teachers to speak with administrators about getting a school account and then allow individual teachers access to the program.

Another handy tool to have in the classroom is a document camera. The IPEVO V4K document camera lets you project live-stream presentations, but it also doubles as a scanner to upload projects, live-action images and textbook pages to your computer. The IPEVO is compatible with many document, projector and camera apps, and works with PC, Mac, and Chromebook.

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How much data does video streaming use?

When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

This portable UV-C wand sterilizes your items and work space

In an age when cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer aren’t easily found, it’s a little tough to keep your personal items and space clean. Not wiped down and washed, but free from germs and bacteria.Rather than fighting your way through a store to find only to find out there are no wipes left, take a smarter approach. The SANITECH UV-C Wand, on sale for just $72.99, is the sort of thing you buy once and get to use over and over. Try that with those Clorox Wipes.About the size of an electric toothbrush, the SANITECH UV-C Wand emits a UV-C light that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria within ten seconds. It cleans all sorts of surfaces, including clothes, bedding, phones, keyboards, laptops, and more. If your hands touch it, you can probably clean it with the SANITECH UV-C Wand.FeaturesUV-C light kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria, & viruses within 10 secondsChemical-free for your safety & can be used on baby products, cosmetics, pet supplies, on home and public spacesLasts up to 90 minutes w/ full chargeBuilt for travel & convenienceBuy it NowPurchase the SANITECH UV-C Wand for just $72.99, a savings of 18% off the normal $90 price. Choose from Winter White, Flamingo Pink, and Seabreeze Green.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

How to set up a Messenger Room in Facebook Messenger

With the launch of Messenger Rooms, you can now participate in video calls from the comfort of your smartphone and without any extra apps.If you’re using WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger, you can now make a virtual room and invite your friends in a matter of seconds. This saves you the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom.Today we’re going to look at how to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger.How to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger – The easy wayThe only real pre-requisite here is having the latest version of Facebook Messenger installed on your phone from the Google Play Store. Download it here.Step 1Tap on the People tab at the bottom on the Messenger app and choose to Create a RoomAt the bottom center of the screen, you will have the option of Share Link. Tap on it.With the Who Can Join, you can also control who joins the Messenger Room if you wish to keep the room exclusive to friends, family, etc.Step 2Copy the link in the box and paste it to the group or people you wish to share it with. They will also need to have the Messenger app installed and on the latest version of the app for it to work best.You can share the link via any app or medium you wish, but whoever has access to the link can join your room, unless you modify the Who Can Join settings in Step 1.From here, you just wait for your friends to join and carry out your business. When you feel the room has met its purpose, you can close the room by tapping on the X button at the top right of the room.Leave will mean that the room will still be there to return to for anyone who has the link. End Room will close the room and make the link invalid. This means you’ll have to make a new room if you do End Room here.We also wrote a guide on how to start a Messenger Room from WhatsApp. The feature will soon go live on Instagram globally, so be sure to look out for that as well!If you’ve used Messenger rooms, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below!