Six of the best: Back to School gadgets

Write On


Boogie Board Sync 9.7" - £99.99 from

Using one of these LCD eWriting machines, you'll be doing more than saving some trees, you'll be giving yourself a load of credibility in the tech stakes too. The battery powered device allows you to draw, write or doodle on a screen that's been cleverly designed to feel like real paper; but with the added bonus that you can ditch all the cluttering piles and just save your work straight to the device. You can also transfer it to the laptop, or beam to the big screen using Bluetooth. Top marks all round.

Foundations of Knowledge

Olixar Hexstyli 6-in-1 - £9.99 from

Perhaps more one for Dad than child, this piece of kit features not only features a touchscreen stylus ballpoint pen, but also some screwdriver fittings, a ruler and a spirit-level, for when writing gets boring and you want to have an all-important DIY break.

Stay Smart

Moto E 4GB SIM free - £84.95 from

No need to shell out loads on a top-end smartphone, this affordable Android powered handset is more than adequate and utilises the very latest operating system, Kit-Kat. Load up your Moto E with educational apps and study guides from Google Play, then rest safe in the other knowledge that you also have a battery that'll last a day, a 5-megapixel camera and customisable outer cases.

Storage Space

Sandisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive - £49.99 for 32GB from

Carrying around some sort of portable storage device is a must these days, and this highly portable keychain sized device certainly punches above its diminutive size as a storage expansion unit for your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire or Android device. It's wireless too, so gives access to all your files while on the move, in the classroom, hanging about the playground - anywhere really.

Stay Together

Stampler - £12 from

The creators of this next evolution in stapling design have lofty ambitions, making claims that "stampling" might become as ubiquitous as Googling and Hoovering. Perhaps it will, perhaps it won't. Either way, we're impressed by this little machine, which not only serves its purpose of keeping a few pages together, but adds a happy message and grin inducing face too.

Never Forget

Scribble clock - £11.95 from

Those ideas that hit you in the middle of the night, the ones you know will be life-changing; but then you drift back to sleep, the alarm sounds and... what was it again? Thankfully, this clock lets you scribble on it in the middle of the night, illuminating for only ten seconds after you've touched it so you can tell it your brainwave then go straight back to sleep.

App of the Week

Schpock - Free on iTunes and Google Play

This "shop in your pocket" is a mobile classifieds app that enables users to find and sell items in your area, like a local marketplace: take a picture of your item, add a quick description, then suggest a price - It takes half a minute. If you're on the hunt for stuff just enter your search and it'll show whats in your local area.

Top 10 Bestselling Kindle Apps

1) Minecraft - Pocket Edition by Mojang

2) Tipping Point by Barnstorm Games

3) Rainbow Loom Designer by TegTap

4) Card Wars - Adventure Time by Cartoon Network

5) The Chase by Barnstorm Games

6) Kindle Antivirus Pro by mowbow

7) Peppa Pig Theme Park by P2 Games Ltd

8) Scribblenauts Remix by Warner Bros

9) Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games

10) Montezuma Puzzle 2 Premium by The Oak Team

Top 10 Free Kindle Apps

1. Farm Heroes Saga by King

2. Sherlock: The Network Official App by The Project Factory

3. Zooistry by The Hohng Company

4. Don't Tap The White Tile by Umoni Studio

5. True or False? The Big Quiz by antheu inc.

6. Frozen Free Fall by Disney

7. Hot Wheels Track Builder by Mattel

8. Despicable Me: Minion Rush by Gameloft

9. Candy Crush Saga by King

10. BBC iPlayer by Media Applications Technologies Ltd

(Both charts courtesy of

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