It’s official: class is in session. Summer vacation is over. Millions of students across Canada are getting back into the groove, determined to do better than ever this year. To help achieve those lofty academic goals, I’ve put together a collection of some of the best back to school tips from Plug-in writers. Elementary, high school, college or university, keep these in mind to use your high tech gear to stay organized and meet your goals for the 2015 school year.


case for buying a dekstop PC.jpgWith the start of school rapidly approaching, the rush is on to make sure students have the gear they need. The biggest purchase for most will be a computer, so you want the right one and making the right choice starts with picking the right form factor. A few days ago, I made the case for choosing a traditional laptop. This time, I’m going to switch hats and make the argument for choosing a desktop PC.


Educational Toys That Will Stimulate Your Child’s Memory

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2015 09:16 AM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 10:36 AM by Editor in Chief


Today we wrap up our 3 part series on educational toys that will help your child in the early stages of his or her formal education. Please join me inside as I investigate the importance of memory to your child's future education. This is certainly an important theme, and not merely during your child's formative years. Memory is a lifelong tool that we all rely on each and every day. You might just find yourself wanting to work on your own memory by the end of this post. And, as always, I'll suggest a few toys / products that are sure to help with memory development. So, click on through and let's get started!


5 best printers to take to your dorm room

by Blogger on ‎08-29-2015 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 04:50 PM by Editor in Chief

top 5 dorm room printers.jpgSo you’re off to college or university, leaving home and high school behind for the challenge of post-secondary education. Naturally, you’ll be bringing some gear along with you, like your computer and maybe a stereo, game console or a TV. Don’t forget to include a printer in the mix! If you don’t have one already (or if the one you own has seen better days), I’ve put together a list of 5 of the best printers to take to your dorm room.



BTS why choose a laptop.jpgA few weeks back I explored the topic of whether a tablet could be as good as a laptop for students. Here’s a hint (as a father whose kids have used both in class): yes, in many cases a tablet can be. However, I also know from experience that there are situations where a laptop just makes more sense. If you’re a student or you have kids in school, here’s the case for buying a traditional laptop over alternatives like a tablet or a desktop PC.


LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Review

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2015 08:22 AM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 03:15 PM by Editor in Chief

LP Official Shot.jpgToday I take an in-depth look at the new LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum (along with 2 classic LeapFrog LeapPad learning games). Join me inside and we'll learn together whether or not the good folks at LeapFrog have hit yet another home run .... I'll just give you this one little hint: They have! It's their biggest children's tablet yet, and, as always, it's packed with fun, educational, and amazing features! So, click on through and read all about it!


Essentials for every backpack, even for an adult going back to school

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2015 08:04 AM - last edited on ‎08-27-2015 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

back-to-school__1439346611_174.1.17.29.jpgEvery year back to school shopping time seems to creep up on me so fast, and every year I vow to be more organized and not leave it all until the last minute. This year not only do I have my sons shopping to worry about, but I have my own too since I'll be heading back to school also. Read on to see what must haves we love to get you through the school year.


Back to school: Must-have laptop accessories

by Blogger on ‎08-24-2015 10:36 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 04:29 PM by Editor in Chief

BTS must-have laptop accessories.jpgSeptember is fast approaching and with it the first day of school. You have your laptop, so you’re set, right? You’ve definitely got the big ticket item taken care of, but to make the most of it, make sure you have the extras as well. I’ve put together a list of must-have laptop accessories that will ensure your portable PC does everything you need for school, and continues to perform as expected through the school year and beyond.


Educational Toys to Prepare Your Child for Primary & The Early Grades

by Blogger on ‎08-20-2015 07:58 AM - last edited on ‎08-20-2015 12:26 PM by Editor in Chief


If your child's confidence in his or her ability to learn seems like an important issue to you, click through and read on as I consider this issue in greater depth and ultimately suggest a few toys that may help to instill some early confidence in your child.


Dorm room essentials for back to school: tech

by Blogger on ‎08-19-2015 03:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-27-2015 05:05 PM by Editor in Chief

back to school dorm room tech.jpgCollege and university students will soon be heading to school and for many of them, that means moving into a dorm room. Making this compact, on-campus living space into a home away from home for the better part of a year can be a challenge, but making sure it has all the high tech gear they know, love (and need for school) is a big part of it. I’ve put together a list of essential tech for dorm room-bound students as they head back to school.


Best bar fridges for back to school as rated by our customers

by Blogger on ‎08-19-2015 11:17 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:19 AM by Editor in Chief

main fridge.jpgWe've been talking about some great small appliances for back to school as rated by you, our Best Buy customers. This week we'll see how having your own bar fridge can make a difference in your dorm room or apartment living.


Why students should be using Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎08-18-2015 08:35 AM - last edited on ‎08-30-2015 01:43 PM by Blogger

college-student-computer-l.jpgA new school year is almost here, and along with it is the opportunity to use a brand new version of Windows. Here's a quick overview of Windows 10 and how it can help your student experience.


Back to school: must-have PC accessories

by Blogger on ‎08-18-2015 07:33 AM

BTS PC accessories.jpgBack to school shopping? Don’t forget the high tech supplies. Even if your student already has a computer, there will always be must-have PC accessories that will make this powerful educational tool even better.


Back to school checklist

by Blogger on ‎08-17-2015 07:10 PM

back-to-school.jpgAlthough it’s not time to pack up the sunscreen just yet, back to school has officially kicked off and it’s time to start prepping backpacks, lunch kits, and packing up your school supplies. Here's a checklist of everything you'll need if you're headed to the dorm or your first apartment.


Join us at the #PermissionToHover Twitter Party!

by Community Manager on ‎08-17-2015 12:20 PM - last edited on ‎08-20-2015 12:13 PM by Editor in Chief


“Helicopter parenting” - often used as a negative description for a parent who is always around, hovering over their children... but lets be honest, there are certain times in our kids’ lives where it’s ok to hover a bit - especially when we’re covering the bill! Wait… you’re buying what with my credit card?!


We’ll be giving parents #PermissionToHover as they get their families ready for back to school this Thursday, August 20th from 2pm – 3pm EST with an expert panel @BestBuyCanada.


What appliances should I take to my dorm room?

by Blogger on ‎08-16-2015 01:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-18-2015 08:10 AM by Blogger

dorm-life.pngAs crazy as it sounds, a new school year is just around the corner. How did that happen? I haven’t even started my New Years resolutions yet! But there’s no getting around it, September will be here before you know it, so if you’re heading off to university this fall, now is the time to start collecting everything you need to make your dorm as comfortable as possible–including these essential dorm room appliances.


back-to-school-lunch-ideas-300x199.jpgLike it or not, there’s no denying that back to school has arrived once again. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were all celebrating not having to come up with another lunch for kids who were sick of the ‘same old, same old?’ I know by the end of June I was ready to pull my hair out because my kids were sick of everything, but now that I've had some time away from the daily lunch grind, I've got some great ideas for back to school lunches. 


Enter Best Buy's back to school scavenger hunt contest

by Editor in Chief ‎08-14-2015 08:30 AM - edited ‎09-03-2015 10:12 AM


BTS-Contest-Blog.jpgSummer is winding down and that means it is time to prepare for back to school. Every student needs something, whether it's clothes, shoes, pencils or pens. Navigating the aisles and websites to locate the best products to complete your back to school list can be daunting. The last thing you need is to struggle with the terminology of the new technology. Best Buy is going to help with this fantastic tech terms scavenger hunt. You'll learn what some of the lingo really means, and at the same time have a chance to win great prizes.



Best Backpacks with Laptop Space for Back to School

by Blogger ‎08-14-2015 03:52 AM - edited ‎08-14-2015 04:19 AM

With the academic year quickly approaching, now is the time to consider the best backpacks with laptop space for back to school. If you (or the student in your home) are taking a laptop to school with you this year, you'll want to find the best possible way of carrying it around. Join me inside for a look at 5 great backpacks with a special section for your laptop. When the time comes to drag your computer between various classes or to and from your home / dorm & school, you'll be glad you've got a proper bag to help you out!  


Why sound bars are perfect for dorm rooms

by Blogger ‎08-13-2015 09:19 PM - edited ‎08-13-2015 09:20 PM

Dorm Room.jpgA sound bar is a perfect audio unit for the dorm room because of its size, price point, and ability to multi-task. And once finished with school, the bar can continue to perform for many years to come.


AiO PC is the ultimate dorm media hub.jpgFor many college and university students, their dorm room is their sanctuary. The place they can hang out, do homework or just relax. Actually, the same thing is true of teenagers and their bedrooms. Another thing both these “lairs” share in common is a lack of space. All-in-One computers are perfect for these situations. You get the PC power needed for school, along with a big screen. Choosing an AiO PC means one compact, stylish package can also replace a game console, DVD player, stereo and TV. That’s why I say All-in-One PCs are the ultimate dorm room and entertainment hubs.


The best low cost TVs for students as rated by customers

by Blogger ‎08-10-2015 09:11 PM - edited ‎08-13-2015 11:24 AM

TV in Dorm Room.jpgMost students want to get the most entertainment they can for the least amount of money. The good news is that given the quality of TV technology these days, you don’t have to break the bank to get a great TV. Here is a collection of low cost TVs that are rated very highly by the toughest critics, end-users.


My favourite appliances for back to school

by Blogger ‎08-10-2015 04:16 PM - edited ‎08-10-2015 04:18 PM

back-to-school-appliances.jpegThere’s a little known fact no one told me about being a parent: when you finally have some dedicated free time, your creativity goes into overdrive. When all my kids go back to school I pull out my favourite appliances and create all of those great dishes I stopped making when it warmed up outside. Read on for my favourite appliances for back to school.


Is a tablet as good as a laptop for students?

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2015 01:29 PM - last edited on ‎08-10-2015 02:58 PM by Editor in Chief

Tablet better than laptop for students.jpgThis is a question many parents are bound to be asking as back to school fever ramps up. I’m in a pretty decent position to weigh in on the question. One of my kids spent the previous school year using a laptop in class; another brought a tablet to school every day. Your mileage is going to vary depending on age and courses, but after a full year of using both high tech options I can say that for many students a tablet is definitely just as good as a laptop—even better in some ways—but you need to make sure it’s properly accessorized to make the most of it.


The Best Laptops for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2015 07:45 AM - last edited on ‎08-10-2015 12:13 PM by Editor in Chief

hp-pavilion-x360-2015-09.jpgChoosing a new laptop for school is both challenging and exciting. Everyone's needs and requirements are a bit different, but thankfully we also have a wide variety of laptops, 2-in-1's, desktop replacements and gaming notebooks that are versatile and ideal for every type of student.


Educational Toys to Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2015 02:42 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:20 AM by Editor in Chief

If you have a small child that will be heading off to preschool either this year or in the next couple of years, you're going to want to give them every possible advantage when it comes to their education. This is really the sort of thing where getting them an early start now can totally pay off in their future endeavours, so read on for a few interesting facts and helpful product suggestions.


Best Microwaves for Back to School as Rated by Best Buy Customers

by Blogger ‎08-09-2015 06:51 PM - edited ‎08-10-2015 12:06 PM

Two weeks ago I posted an article called "Best Slowcookers for Back to School as Rated by Customers." Today, in hopes of helping those on the verge of returning to University & College, I consider the top 5 microwave ovens for back to school as rated by Best Buy customers. Read on to learn all about the very best microwave ovens currently available at Best Buy. These are your very own opinions, so you know the information here is highly valuable. Click on through to give it a look!


The best media streaming options for college students

by Blogger ‎08-08-2015 08:29 PM - edited ‎08-08-2015 08:32 PM

media streaming devices.jpgWe all want to save money, and especially college students. School is expensive and having little or no income while in school means money is tight. Media streaming is a great way to save money while still having a lot of great entertainment available. I am going to identify excellent media streaming options for students who want the best of both worlds—low cost and lots of entertainment.



trendy-backpacks.jpgEvery year during back to school time, my kids pick out a new backpack. It's a fun tradition we've had since my first child started school, and I love seeing what cool new backpack they'll pick each year. Here's a look at all of the trendy and practical backpacks available on right now.


Top school bag styles for 2015

by Blogger on ‎08-03-2015 09:45 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 03:45 PM by Editor in Chief

The beginning of August means one thing, for families with school-aged kids: the beginning of back-to-school season. While it doesn't necessarily set in for all of us immediately (my family, at least, was always a last-minute kind of family), with the big 0-9 sets in the beginning of the back-to-school tremors.


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