It’s that time of the year, again! From handling schedules to ensuring good grades, new technologies are now fundamental to the new year school supplies.
Depending on your standpoint, this is either the happiest or saddest time of the year. But wherever you stand, heading back to school presents challenges for every member of the family. Luckily, modern technology can help ease the burden.
A return to school implies a return to managing countless schedules, after-school activities, tasks and, obviously, homework. The Cozi family organiser app helps everyone stay on the same page. Providing a shared Family Calendar (which can separate information from your preferred calendar programmes), to-do lists, shopping lists, and more, Cozi gives the whole family the opportunity to monitor their timetables and duties. Cozi even offers a user-friendly “Cozi Today” view, showing an easy-to-read schedule and to-do list so that every relative can stay on top of their tailored agenda.
The app, rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in the Apple App Store, is accessible across every major smartphone and tablet operating system, as well as online via a web browser for desktop and laptop use. The basic version of Cozi is free to download. Users who upgrade to Cozi Gold ($29/year) will appreciate an ad-free experience and extra features, including a monthly calendar view on mobile devices, more notifications and reminder choices, shared contacts across family members, and much more.
A wide range of daily schedules caused by the school/work life balance may mean that multiple family members need access to the home at different times of the day. This issue calls for a smart lock! And August (not the month!) can provide. The August smart lock gives a virtual key to everyone in the family, which is stored on their smartphone, giving instant access to the home. However, if a family member has lost or forgotten their phone, access can also be granted by other users, from anywhere in the world via the August app. Furthermore, August will give a warning, through phone alerts, about who exactly has crossed the threshold. The August Smart Lock 2nd Generation is now available for $179. The August Door Bell Cam can be included for $199, and the August Smart Keypad for $79.
Home is made by the people you share it with. Nucleus makes it easy to stay close with them with a direct-to-home video connection that’s almost as good as being there. The Nucleus is, put it simply, a Wi-Fi video intercom. Displaying an Auto-Answer feature, Nucleus users can instantly have a look, and tune in, into any room through the gadget with just the tap of a button. This allows parents to see if children are studying, or SnapChatting. It could also be used to field homework questions while still at the office if that’s something you really want to do?!
With the complementary Nucleus app, users can access the intercom from anywhere in the world, regardless of the possibility that they don’t have the device itself. This means more enterprising parents could use Nucleus technology to set up sessions with specialised tutors in spite of their location. The Nucleus is currently available for $99 per device.
While the internet is unquestionably a valuable source of information, nothing actually substitutes the library with regards to academic pursuits. The Libby app brings your nearby library home, for all your intellectual, or entertainment activities. Users simply need their local library card (there are 30,000 participating libraries in 40-plus countries), and then they can immediately access that library’s archive of e-books and audio books. Plus, you can have different library cards on file. Even better, Libby will enable users to bookmark and keep notes in their virtually borrowed books, keeping up a record of what they have read for convenient access later. And if your favourite digital reading platform is Kindle, Libby will synchronise with the device to make it happen. Libby is free to download and available for iOS, Android and Microsoft devices.
Even better, Libby will enable users to bookmark and keep notes in their virtually borrowed books, keeping up a record of what they have read for convenient access later. And if your favourite digital reading platform is Kindle, Libby will synchronise with the device to make it happen. Libby is free to download and available for iOS, Android and Microsoft devices.
These technologies should help you beat the blues of the end of the summer holiday season and minimise the struggle of going back to real life again. Will you give them a go?