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August 8, 2022

5 Things Teachers Need for Back to School 2022

For some, it might feel like summer just started. Whether time was spent on family adventures or diving into the crisp blue water at a local pool, the few months between the end of one school year and the start of another go quickly. Back to school is a time of excitement with a dash of anticipation for both students and teachers, who are working diligently to get their classrooms ready for a new group of students.

According to Adopt a Classroom, teachers spent an average of $750 on school supplies out of pocket during the 2020-2021 school year, which is why this year we are putting together a list of suggestions to help your favorite teacher get the gear they need and put some of their hard earned money back in their pockets.

Amazon Gift Card
While this might seem broad, we all know that Amazon is the one-stop shop for anything and everything, all of the time. Getting a teacher and Amazon gift card allows them to use the mighty power of Amazon to purchase just about anything they might need for their classroom.

Pocketalk Classic
Pocketalk is a multi-sensory, two-way translation device. With a large touchscreen, noise-canceling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, Pocketalk devices are able to create connections across 82 different languages. Whether conversing with students in the classroom or reviewing report cards at parent teacher conferences, Pocketalk removes language barriers and allows teachers to converse freely at their convenience.

Catchbox Wireless Microphone
Microphones in large classrooms can be really helpful for encouraging active participation. Sometimes, though, it can be a bit clumsy trying to pass the mic around. Catchbox has addressed this issue in a fun and engaging way: surrounding the mic with a soft, protective foam cube to allow the mic to be thrown and passed around. The Catchbox also allows teachers to seamlessly record their classroom audio for the class to listen to again.

Meta Quest 2
As virtual reality continues to improve and gain popularity, its application for education has grown. The Meta Quest 2 has tons of educational apps available that can allow students to explore space, history, human anatomy, and so much more!

NORWII N26 Wireless Presenter
Teaching should be dynamic, and sometimes teachers need to move around to get everyone’s attention and emphasize a point. The NORWII N26 Wireless Presenter gives teachers the freedom to move and click from wherever they are in the classroom. On top of that, the device has a 300 ft range laser pointer, and is incredibly cheap compared to the competition.

Donating one or more of these items to your local school district could be a great way to give back to your community. Depending on where you donate, your donation may be tax-deductible. Check with an organization to see if your donation can be considered a charitable contribution.