With so many people opting to send their kids to cyber school this year, I thought I’d share a back to school guide focusing on teenagers going into virtual high school.  Some of these supplies are, at least in my opinion, absolute essentials. Others are just “really nice to have” items. All of them will help make their lives (and by extension, your life) easier in one way or another.

Back to Cyber School Shopping Lists for Teenagers

First, this isn’t mean to replace the list shared by your teen’s school, but rather a companion guide if you will. They’re all things my son has used when he was in REACH or will use when he starts cyber again in two weeks.

Also, the links below are affiliate links, so if you buy anything through them, I get a smidge of a commission at no extra charge to you.

Last note, I promise. You’ll notice that I left Chromebooks and laptops off the list. While this is definitely a major essential, your teen’s school will most likely supply it. Also, Amazon and Best Buy are almost completely sold out of every affordable model.  If you CAN find a good deal, I do like ACER Chromebooks quite a bit. I reviewed one back in 2017 that still works great.

 

1.Keyboard Cover

Keyboard cover

If you’re using a school-provided Chromebook, this is absolute essential. The last thing you want to do is pay out the wazoo for a ruined laptop, especially considering schools tend to charge more than the devices are actually worth. This one comes in a bunch of colors, but read the description to see which devices it doesn’t fit.

Keyboard Cover for 2019/2018/2017 Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131 CB3-132/ Chromebook R 11 CB5-132T/ Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713 CB5-312T/ Chromebook 14 CB514 / Chromebook 15 CB3-531 CB5-571,Gradual Blue
  • 【!!!Compare Your keyboard layout with IMAGE 2 to see if can fit】Perfect fit for 2020/2019/2018/2017 Acer Chromebook Spin 11 311 CP311 511 11.6 /Chromebook Spin 512 12" /Acer Premium R11 11.6 / Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131 CB3-132 /Chromebook R 11 CB5-132T/ Acer Chromebook Spin 13 713 CP713 /Acer Chromebook R 13 CB5-312T /Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431 CP5-471 CB514 /Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315 CB3-531 CB3-532 CB5-571 C910 CB515 Chromebook US Layout.
  • 【✘✘NOT Fit Acer Chromebook 15 with Numeric Keypad】The Cover Does Not fit 15.6" Acer Chromebook 315 series with Numeric Keypad and Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111, 13.3" Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311 and Any other brand chromebooks.
  • 【US KEYBOARD LAYOUT】Designed for US keyboard layout, you can distinguish: US TYPE: "Enter" key is a rectangle,like normal keys, EU TYPE: "Enter" key is like "7",shape not like other keys. Please do check your "Enter" key's shape avoid buying wrongly
  • 【ULTRA THIN & PREMIUM SILICONE MATERIAL】Amazing 0.12MM thickness, real THIN, maximize to restore the original typing experience. Made of Eco-Friendly silicone material.Perfectly fit for each keys with all-around protection. The latest design with every key individually molded to its unique color. Every key is printed on clear silicone for a long lasting professional look.
  • 【WASHABLE & REUSABLE】The chromebook silicone cover can be washed by soapy water and make it as clean as a new one. Just put it back on the keyboard when it get dry enough.

 

2. Ergonomic Laptop Stand

laptop stand

Sure you could just plop your teen’s laptop on the table and call it a day. An ergonomic stand is far more back- and neck-friendly, though. This one is highly rated and affordable.

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Nulaxy Laptop Stand, Ergonomic Aluminum Laptop Mount Computer Stand, Detachable Laptop Riser Notebook Holder Stand Compatible with MacBook Air Pro, Dell XPS, Lenovo More 10-15.6" Laptops - Space Gray
  • 【Broad Compatibility】 Nulaxy C3 Laptop Stand is compatible with all laptops from 10-15 6 inches such as MacBook 12/ 13 MacBook Air 13 Macbook Pro 13/ 15 Google Pixelbook Dell XPS HP ASUS Lenovo ThinkPad Acer Chromebook and other notebook PC computer sizes between in 10-15 6 inches Note IT IS NOT DESIGNED for 17” LAPTOP but (ASIN B077B9W343) is perfect for 10-17 3'' Laptops
  • 【Ergonomic Riser】 The MacBook stand works as a raiser to elevate the laptop screen to 6’’ for a perfect eye level fixes your posture and help to reduce neck pain back pain and eye strain Creating extra space and to work more ergonomically Note You may feel the stand wobbling while you are typing on laptop keyboard we strongly recommend to use this stand with an external Bluetooth Keyboard and mouse )
  • 【Sturdy & Protective】 The laptop computer stand is made of premium 5mm aluminum alloy which is quite sturdy supports up to 8 8 lbs (4kg) weight on top with large rubber pads on the top surface to hold your laptop stable in place and maximum protect your device from any scratches and sliding
  • 【Detachable & Simple Installation】 This computer stand for laptop can be conveniently disassembled into 3 parts for compact storage You can easily reassemble it again with one step installation
  • 【Heat Dissipation】 Aluminum alloy material acts as thermal pads to helps the cooling your laptop The forward-tilt angle and open design offers great ventilation and airflow to prevent your notebook from overheating

3. USB Hub

USB Hub

Chromebooks and laptops don’t really come with enough USB ports, especially if your teen uses a lot of peripherals like mine does. This one is compatible with pretty much everything, so you can swap it from Chromebook to MacBook to PC.

LENTION USB C Hub with 4K HDMI, 3 USB 3.0, SD/Micro SD Card Reader Compatible 2020-2016 MacBook Pro 13/15/16, New Mac Air/Surface, Chromebook, Multi-Port Adapter (CB-C18, Space Gray)
  • Ultra High Speed: SD/Micro SD dual USB 3.0 card readers read and write at the same time, with data transfer speed up to UHS-I (95MB/s) - much faster than most card readers in the market. 4K@30Hz HDMI and three USB 3.0 ports with speed up to 5 Gbps
  • Video & Audio Output: Mirror or extend your screen with the HDMI port to HDTV, monitor or projector for video and audio transfer. Support 3840x2160 4K@30Hz, 2560x1600 and lower resolutions at 60Hz
  • Plug & Play: Used with no external drivers or power required; supposed to be used with portable devices such as wire keyboard, USB flash drive, 2.5mm external disk etc. (Note: 1. Charging function is not supported. 2. Not for Superdrive)
  • Widely Compatible: For MacBook Pro 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020, MacBook Air 2018 2019 2020 - (Not for previous generation MacBook Air & Pro), MacBook 12, New iMac/Pro, Surface Pro 7/Book 2/Go, Chromebook, Pixelbook, Dell, HP, Acer, more full-functional Type C devices
  • Mac-style Design: Unibody Aluminum Alloy Casing with Ionized Finish. Hidden LED Indicator. EMI Protection prevents interference with wireless devices. The LENTION USB-C hub can save desk space and expand your devices connectivity

4. External Mouse

External Mouse

Trackpads on laptops are awful, in my opinion. Attaching an external mouse makes things so much easier, especially when your teen has to click those teeny, tiny little boxes during quizzes and what not. This one comes in a bunch of cute colors, works with Chromebooks, and is fairly inexpensive, too.

FD V8 Wireless Mouse Battery Included, 2.4G Cute Colorful Animal Slim Silent Travel Cordless Mouse Optical Designed Mice with Nano Receiver Compatible for Laptop Computer PC Chromebook (Gray Koala)
  • 2.4GHz Wireless ensures reliable connection with a long working distance of up to 10m and 250Hz super high speed rate of return, which eliminates delays, dropouts and interference.
  • Cute Animals matte surface, quiet & ergonomic design and comfortable cherry wheel provide all-day comfort for work and entertainment, portable and perfect for travel as well, just enjoy it with its silent click.
  • Intelligent power saving design eliminates the need to change batteries often. The wireless mouse will enter into power saving mode after 5 minutes free, click left or right button to wake it when you want it to work again, so the on and off switch is not required.
  • A tiny USB Nano receiver (stored within the back of the mouse) conveniently slots into your computer's USB port, and takes up minimal space. No need to drive, plug and play directly.
  • Work with Laptop, Notebook, Computer, PC, Mac, Chrome book and more. 30 days money-back & 6-months guaranty, when you are not satisfied with our product, please don't hesitate to get a after-sale service, we will give you a satisfied response within 24 hours.

5. Kindle Fire HD 10

back to school guide  kindle fire

Why would you need a Kindle if you’re getting a Chromebook or laptop? For the same reasons you’d get one even though you already have a personal computer- they’re highly portable, durable, and versatile. Use it for everything from reading assignments to watching educational videos. When the school day is over, it becomes an affordable entertainment device.

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Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1" 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Black
  • 10.1" 1080p full HD display; 32 or 64 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD)
  • Now 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM
  • Longer battery life—Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music
  • Hands-free with Alexa, including on/off toggle
  • 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording
  • Dual-band, enhanced Wi-Fi
  • Now with USB-C and faster charging.  Includes a USB-C cable & 9W power adapter in the box.
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, and games
  • Picture-in-Picture viewing with Netflix, STARZ, Pinterest, MLB At Bat and more.

6. External CD/DVD Drive

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Very few laptops and Chromebooks come with internal CD/DVD drives, so if your kids plan to use CD-ROMS (some old-school programs use them) or just wants to use his Chromebook to watch DVDs, you’ll need an external one. This model has great reviews and doesn’t cost a fortune.

External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive DVD/CD ROM Rewriter Burner Writer Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Mac Pro MacBook
  • Plug & play. Easy to use,powered by USB port. No external driver and Power needed. Just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected
  • High speed. Compatible with USB3. 0 and backwards compatible with USB2. 0 , bringing faster data transmission speed (up to a maximum of 5Gbps) and stable performance with strong fault tolerance
  • Intelligent tech. Designed with eject button so that you never have to worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. The copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission
  • Trendy design. Brushed texture shell brings trendy sight and touch enjoyment. Embedded cable design, worry- off cable missing any when and where
  • Wide compatibility. Ideal for various devices. It supports Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8. 1/10, Linux, all version Mac OS system. For the desktops, Please connect the device to the back USB port of the motherboard for normal use

7. Plenty of back and neck support

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Nulaxy Laptop Stand, Ergonomic Aluminum Laptop Mount Computer Stand, Detachable Laptop Riser Notebook Holder Stand Compatible with MacBook Air Pro, Dell XPS, Lenovo More 10-15.6" Laptops - Space Gray
  • 【Broad Compatibility】 Nulaxy C3 Laptop Stand is compatible with all laptops from 10-15 6 inches such as MacBook 12/ 13 MacBook Air 13 Macbook Pro 13/ 15 Google Pixelbook Dell XPS HP ASUS Lenovo ThinkPad Acer Chromebook and other notebook PC computer sizes between in 10-15 6 inches Note IT IS NOT DESIGNED for 17” LAPTOP but (ASIN B077B9W343) is perfect for 10-17 3'' Laptops
  • 【Ergonomic Riser】 The MacBook stand works as a raiser to elevate the laptop screen to 6’’ for a perfect eye level fixes your posture and help to reduce neck pain back pain and eye strain Creating extra space and to work more ergonomically Note You may feel the stand wobbling while you are typing on laptop keyboard we strongly recommend to use this stand with an external Bluetooth Keyboard and mouse )
  • 【Sturdy & Protective】 The laptop computer stand is made of premium 5mm aluminum alloy which is quite sturdy supports up to 8 8 lbs (4kg) weight on top with large rubber pads on the top surface to hold your laptop stable in place and maximum protect your device from any scratches and sliding
  • 【Detachable & Simple Installation】 This computer stand for laptop can be conveniently disassembled into 3 parts for compact storage You can easily reassemble it again with one step installation
  • 【Heat Dissipation】 Aluminum alloy material acts as thermal pads to helps the cooling your laptop The forward-tilt angle and open design offers great ventilation and airflow to prevent your notebook from overheating

8. Headset

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Wearing earbuds all day is actually super bad for your teen’s ears, so an over-the-ears headset is essential. I know this is a gaming headset, but it’s the pair that I use to watch Netflix and whatnot on my Kindle (i just tuck the mic out of the way). It’s very comfortable, and the sound is fantastic.

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RUNMUS Gaming Headset for PS4, Xbox One, PC Headset w/Surround Sound, Noise Canceling Over Ear Headphones with Mic, Compatible with PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, PS3, Mac, Laptop
  • True Surround Sound Effect. RUNMUS gaming headphones adopt superior 50mm audio drivers combined with advanced audio techniques. It delivers quality simulated surround sound to enhance the immersive gaming experience.
  • All-Day Comfort. The soft ear cups with bionic protein cushion coat covers your ears gently. RUNMUS ps4 headset is only 12 OZ. You won't feel any discomfort from headband and ear cups even after a long gaming sessions.
  • Multi-Platform Compatibility. RUNMUS xbox one headset works on PS4, PS3 (Adapter needed), PS vita, PSP, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Switch (audio), 3DS LL/3DS (audio), 3DS LL/3DS (audio), PC, Mac OS, iOS and Android device.
  • Noise Canceling Microphone For Clear Communication. RUNMUS gaming headset pc has a sensitive adjustable microphone using noise canceling techniques. It filters most environmental noise around you and provide real-in-time talking without any delay.
  • Convenient Volume Control. Feature with a convenient volume dial control, feel free to adjust the gaming volume at any time.

9. A good surge protector

Belkin surge protector

With all the devices you’ll be plugging in, this one is absolutely vital. I like the Belkin model because it has swiveling outlets, so you can actually get everything plugged in rather than have a large brick take up half the strip.

Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector, 8ft Cord(4,320 Joules)
  • 12 outlet surge protector power strip with 8 feet /2.4 meter cord
  • Space saving combination of rotating outlets (8) and stationary outlets (4)
  • Safeguards computers, appliances, home theater and office equipment from potentially damaging power surges
  • Backed by lifetime warranty and protected by $300,000 connected equipment warranty
  • Specs: 4,320 Joule energy rating / 6,000 volts maximum spike voltage / AC 15A, 125V, 1875W. EMI/RFI Noise Filter - 150K Hz - 100M Hz, up to 50dB
  • Safe usage: Correct operation is important see product description section below for useful safety information

10.Digital Graphics Tablet

If your kids are taking art online, grab them a graphics tablet. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than trying to scan and upload their non-digital designs!

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XP-Pen StarG640 6x4 Inch Ultrathin Tablet Drawing Tablet Digital Graphics Tablet with Battery-Free Stylus(8192 Levels Pressure)
  • XP-PEN G640 Graphics Tablet is designed for gameplay, drawing, painting, sketching, E-signatures, etc. Battery-free Stylus making lines flow quicker and smoother, enhancing overall performance
  • The perfect replacement for a traditional mouse! The XP-Pen advanced Battery-free stylus does not require charging, allowing for constant uninterrupted Draw and Play. Now comes with 20 replacement nibs. Allowing you to have more fun
  • Active Area: 6 x 4 inches Fully utilizing our 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity―Providing you with groundbreaking control and fluidity to expand your creative output. The G640 is only 2mm thick, it’s as slim as all primary level graphic tablets, allowing you to carry it with you on the go
  • The one-click toggle allows you to switch between Pen and Eraser instantly. suitable for both right and left hand users
  • The G640 compatible with Windows 10/8/7 and Mac 10.10 or above operating systems and and is compatible with many creative software programs. XP-Pen provides one-year warranty and lifetime technical support for all our pen tablets/displays

11. Thinkster Math Tutoring

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I know it’s not really a supply so much as a service, but Thinkser Math is great for kids of all ages who struggle with math class. I’m thinking about using it for Jake, since math is the one thing I can’t help him with at all. I haven’t understood his assignments since he was in 5th grade! I’m just that bad with numbers.

Get Started with your 1 Week Free Trial of Thinkster Math Today!

 

 

Last update on 2020-11-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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