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Get ready for new ways of learning with these essentials

The Department of Education (DepEd) has postponed face-to-face classes until a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available. Many families are now considering homeschooling, which will use a combination of printed materials and online modules.

DepEd is also introducing distance learning, where lessons will be delivered outside the traditional face-to-face setup. Printed modules will be picked up by parents or guardians at designated locations within agreed schedules.

If you’re a parent who’s planning to transition your kids to a blended learning set up, it’s best to gear up with learning essentials from one-stop shops like SM Stationery and SM Gadgets Hub.

LAPTOP

A laptop is an essential learning tool. It can also help make lessons more engaging. The good news is that this laptop does not need to have the specs of a laptop that’s going to be used for graphic design or video editing, so it should not be as expensive.

One of the more important features to consider in a laptop is its RandomAccess Memory or RAM. The bigger the RAM, the more powerful the laptop is. You can run a number of programs at the same time without crashing the computer. Look for a laptop with a RAM of at least 4GB.

Also, check the laptop’s internal storage (it should be at least 128GB), the screen size (big enough to be able to read comfortably), battery life (should last up to 8 hours— we know you’re staying at home most of the time but having to constantly charge your laptop can be inconvenient), connectivity (does it have USB ports? a card reader?), and a user-friendly operating system.

Because it’s going to be used by children, make sure the keyboard is spill-proof, and it’s sturdy enough to withstand bumps, drops, and scratches. 

We recommend: Lenovo Ideapad 81W40027PH/28PH (₱29,995)

What we like about it: With its 8GB RAM, this laptop is powerful enough for homeschooling and distance learning requirements. Users can watch videos, attend online classes, and work on school projects, so they can multitask without worrying about it hanging or crashing. It comes with a fingerprint scanner + power button combo, privacy shutter for the webcam, and a pre-installed Microsoft Office suite.

COMPUTER ACCESSORIES

Pair the laptop (or desktop if you still have one) with a mouse and keyboard for a more user-friendly experience. 

We recommend: Logitech MK200 wired keyboard and mouse combo (₱790)

What we like about it: The keyboard has one-touch keys for instant access to music, volume, apps, the Internet, and more. And the best part is, it’s spill-resistant!

Headphones help keep out background noise so students can focus on listening to online lectures and videos. 

We recommend: Wired headphones with mic (₱299.75)

We recommend: Bluetooth headphones (₱499.75)

Instead of shifting from one small computer window to another, students can monitor all ongoing tasks more efficiently by having an extra monitor.

We recommend: HP 2NK17AA V190 18.5” Monitor (₱3,290)

What we like about it: This plug and play monitor has an anti-glare panel and is designed to be flicker-free, so it’s easy on the eyes. 

WIFI DEVICE

Having internet connection at home is a must when you’re learning from home—kids can chat with their teachers, attend virtual classes, collaborate with their classmates, and take advantage of the free learning resources available online. Look for a high-speed, plug and play device that can connect up to five gadgets or more.

We recommend: PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi (₱995)

What we like about it: You can load it from any PLDT Smart loading station. Choose a data package according to your family’s needs.

PRINTER

You’ll need it to print out worksheets, assignments, coloring pages, and notes that students can refer to even when they are not online. Look for all-in-one printers that can print, scan, and copy so you can get more value for your money.

We recommend: Brother DCP T510W Multifunction Printer (₱9,450)

What we like about it: Print, copy, and scan with this all-around printer which also has wireless connectivity and mobile printing features. You can print up to 6,500 pages with a single ink refill, which means you’ll get a lower cost per page compared to other printers in the market.

We recommend: Brother MFC T810DW Multifunction Printer (₱13,450)

What we like about it: This printer can print, scan, copy, and fax. Aside from wireless connectivity and mobile printing features, it also has double-sided printing and photo printing capabilities for added versatility.

WHITEBOARD

Writing on a whiteboard helps teachers elaborate on lessons and reinforce concepts being taught. A study has shown that students were more active and spent more time asking questions when a teacher presented lessons through a PowerPoint presentation and by writing on a board as compared to when only one of these methods was used.

We recommend: Acura Whiteboard 18 x 24 inches (₱449.75)

We recommend: Quartet Combination Board 17×23 inches (P679.75)

We recommend: Quartet Magnetic Whiteboard 11×14 inches (P659.75)

We recommend: Pilot Wyteboard Marker (₱64.75)

What we like about it: Whiteboards are simple yet effective teaching tools. Writing on a whiteboard is great for problem-solving and brainstorming.

LAMINATOR

Make flashcards, posters, and other learning materials last longer by laminating them. You’ll save more money in the long run. You can preserve your little one’s artworks by laminating them, too. 

We recommend: LeitziLAM Home Office A4 Laminating Machine (₱3,799.75)

What we like about it: This laminating machine only takes three minutes to warm up, and has low energy consumption. We also like the cute color options.

Call SM Stationery and SM Gadgets Hub hotlines to avail of their Call to Deliver services:Metro Manila (0917-8090492 / 0977-8029569), North Luzon (0917-8429367), South Luzon (0917-8090652) and VisMin (0917-5862283). Follow SM Stationery and SM Gadgets Hub on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/14/get-ready-for-new-ways-of-learning-with-these-essentials/)

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