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# Tag Archives: school

### 6 Gadgets To Make You More Successful Next Semester

Whether your first semester at college was harder than you expected or you’re just looking to improve your GPA, you’ll need some new strategies and tools to make your next semester more successful. Once you’ve finalized your class schedule and ordered your textbooks, work smarter instead of smarter with these school-ready gadgets.

Finding a quiet, private place to study on campus can be difficult, and that’s where a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones comes in. With these, you can escape to your own little world while studying. Listen to your favorite study music without the distracting background noise that regular headphones struggle to drown out.

### PhotoMath Application Solves Algebra Equations Automatically

Remember solving algebra equations in school? Ya, neither do we. It was one of those things you learnt just before the exam, and quickly expunged from your memory afterwards. It was hard, yo. But how different things might have been had we had something like PhotoMath back then. It’s an application that scans an equation on paper by using your smartphone’s camera, and then proceeds to solve it instantly. Not only do you get your answer right away, you get a step-by-step breakdown of the solution. This sort of immediate feedback can help kids know if they’re on the right track as they’re doing their homework, without having to wait until the next day to find out. Of course, that’s assuming they don’t just abuse the damn thing and skip the thinking part altogether, relying on it to get work done rather than to learn anything. Which is exactly what’s going to happen, so we’re not sure how to feel about it. And, in any case, it only solves simple linear algebraic equations, so you can forget about it helping you with your Calculus. And it’s not even out yet, with a “early 2015” target. Still, if you’re curious about it, you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready for download.

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

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### New Pencils Feature Shock Absorbers And Shields To Prevent Lead Breakage

Oh the frustration of breaking the lead on your automatic pencil. There you are, in the zone, when snap!, and you lose your train of thought. Mindful of your very real first world problems, Japanese company Zebra Co. designed the DelGuard pencil, which features a pretty sophisticated system of shock absorbers and retractable shields used specifically for preventing the lead from breaking. One spring takes care of vertical pressure by retracting the lead, while the other senses diagonal pressure and extends a lead-proteting shield. Combined, they should save you at least seconds of frustration.

The DelGuard pencils come out November 12 in Japan, and will sell for about 450 Yen (about \$4).

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### See-Through Highlighters Are A Brilliant Idea

With midterms in full swing across many a university, we wish we’d heard about these see-through highlighters last year, when word first came out. Better late than never, we’d like you guys to take a look at the Uni Promark View Highlighters. They do what any suck instrument normally does, only better. The tip is made from clear acrylic, which means you can actually see the text you’re about to highlight, allowing you to stop just at the right spot.

Sure, it’s not a problem that any student ever complained about, but considering these don’t cost much more than regular highlighters, you can think of it as a convenience you never knew you’d like having. They’re made by Mitsubishi Pencil Corp. (who knew?) and it’s \$15 for a pack of 5.

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### Superhero Backpacks Let Kids Take Flight at School

I used to be one of those kids who would cry when it was time to go back to school. Not my proudest moments, I know. For whatever reason, some kids just don’t like going to school and it’s up to their parents to find a way to motivate them and make them understand that it’s for their own good–and for their future. After all, school is their gateway to a world of knowledge, where they can let their imagination and creativity take flight as they grow and learn.

Driving that point across are super moms Daphne and Rena, who created the SuperME backpack. Each one features generic designs and doesn’t feature any commercial characters. The best part? Each SuperME backpack comes with a hoodie cape, which might come in handy in bad weather.

### Periodic Table Gets a New Element You Can Scan(dium) for More Info

I love chemistry in ways that few people would understand (unless they also happen to be a huge science geek like me.) It’s the central science, after all, with the rules of order and disorder both working for it at the same time. So what’s note to like?

Unfortunately, school sometimes takes all the fun out of the it by making kids memorize the periodic table and quizzing them about what color flames a certain element causes when it burns. Learning doesn’t have to be such a drag, though, and it doesn’t have to be so taxing either. That’s probably what Yiying Lu had in mind when she came up with interactive QR-enabled Periodic Table of Elements. Aside from each block containing the element’s symbol, name, atomic number, and atomic weight, it’s also got a teeny weeny QR code printed to the side. When you scan the code of the element you’re interested in, you’ll automatically be directed to the Wikipedia entry of that element where you can read all about it and get the bigger picture.

The best part? Lu has made her interactive periodic table free for everyone to download. You can get it here.

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