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Technology Picks For Back-To-School

Evening Edition

Above: Jim Barry, a tech expert with the Consumer Electronics Association, and Emil Ahangarzadeh with the San Diego County Office of Education, talk to KPBS about back to school gadgets.

Aired 8/7/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


GUESTS:

Jim Barry, Tech Expert, Consumer Electronics Association

Emil Ahangarzadeh, San Diego County, Office of Education

Transcript

Innovation Day

2012 San Diego County Office of Education Innovation Day

Going into an electronics store with a school-age child this month could be like going into a plug-in wonderland. There are so many smartphones, tablets, e-readers and assorted other gadgets to choose.

Jim Barry, a tech expert with the Consumer Electronics Association, said his top picks for students are a laptop computer and an e-book reader.

Devices like these have created "a remarkable change in the classroom," said Emil Ahangarzadeh with the San Diego County Office of Education.

"What it's done is broken down the walls of the classroom," he said. "Now learning can happen anywhere at any time."

If students can't afford these devices or Internet connectivity, a program called Connect2Compete can help, Ahangarzadeh said.

Barry added that some laptops now cost a few hundred dollars.

Claire Trageser contributed to this report.

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