Virtual schooling is rough for a lot of people, and just one of the challenges is making sure kids have the tech they need to attend class and stay on top of their coursework. What if your family only has one computer? What if this pandemic-era schooling is forcing you to buy another computer? It's hard for many families who can't afford something like that.
Our tech expert friend Marc Saltzman has a piece out in USA Today exploring some alternatives that may work for you! If you do need to buy a new computer, Marc says you should consider a Chromebook. You can get one starting around $169 and it boasts a pretty nice webcam. You may even be able to hunt around for some good deals on used or refurbished ones!
If you have a tablet or old smartphone laying around the house, you could actually turn that into a desktop. All you need is a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to get you up and running, and you can find those for pretty cheap. For example, Logitech sells a Bluetooth keyboard that will only cost you $40! Who needs a new computer, just use what you have!
The third option Marc suggests is a little different. You could always ask a family member or friend if you might be able to borrow a laptop or device from them. Some schools also have rental options, and some stores might have financing options.
Take a look at Marc's ideas in his article, and listen to our chat below!
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