The Best Back-To-School Gadgets

July 29, 2016 | Updated: 7:50 a.m., July 29, 2016

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It’s almost time for the kiddos to grab their new back packs, school supplies and head back to school.  So we asked tech expert and author of Gadget Nation, Steve Greenberg, to show us the latest back-to-school gadgets.


KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone

Are you prepared to send your kids out into the big bad world without a way to contact you? According to the FBI there are over 800,000 children in the USA reported missing every year that equals one child every forty seconds. It’s time to change these statistics! When it comes to your child’s safety, you want to make sure you have the best tracking device ever. That’s where the KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone comes in.

The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone is an all-in-one device that lets your child safely explore their world without the anxiety of losing contact. Unlike other GPS trackers and simple Bluetooth tags, The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone allows parents to set a custom “geo-fence,” track three days of location history, voice monitoring, four pre-programmed speed dial numbers, a twenty number phone book, an S.O.S. button for emergencies, parental control of all incoming and outgoing numbers, no texting or Internet and more.

The product’s iOS App Google Play app lets you monitor everything from your smartphone, tablet or computer.


SAVE $10.00 off your order when you enter the coupon code SGSAVE10 in your cart.


Insulated Lunchboxes


BUILT’s Big Apple Buddies Lunch Backpack is an insulated lunch bag designed to wear and carry like a backpack. It has padded adjustable shoulder straps, a wipe clean interior, a zippered front pocket, quick grab top handle and interior name tag.

The backpacks are available in four characters: Cornelia Kitty, Delancey Dog, Lafayette Ladybug and Allen Alligator.

For older kids (and adults), the company has the IceTec Freezable Lunch Bag. IceTec helps keep food and beverages cold for hours and eliminates the need for separate ice packs. The patent-pending, reusable Lunch Bag features a food safe freezable gel sandwiched between an insulting outside layer and cold-transmitting inside layer.


Hamilton Beach 3-in1 Spiralizer 


This gadget claims to be the first electric spiralizer for consumers. It helps you create fun and nutritious meals with fresh vegetables and fruit by transforming them into spirals or ribbons. Use zucchini, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, apple and more.

Hand-crank spiralizers can be time consuming and cumbersome to use. Steve says this one is much easier!

The Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Spiralizer is  and available at Bed Bath & Beyond stores,, and


Enbrighten LED Cafe String Lights by Jasco
Starting at $39.99


Transform the entire look and feel of a dorm room with Enbrighten LED Cafe String Lights by Jasco. The bulbs are made of solid acrylic that won’t break if dropped or stepped on and are rated for year-round use. Not only do you not have to worry about them shattering, but you also never have to worry about changing the bulbs because Steve says Enbrighten LEDs are built to last a lifetime and will never burn out. (Plus, they don’t get hot like traditional Christmas lights or fairy lights.)

You can also plug them into easy-to-use accessories like a Bluetooth Smart Switch or TouchSmart Timer to control the lights from the free app or with the touch of a button. These accessories also allow you to set up schedules and set times you want the lights to shine.

Enbrighten Cafe LED string lights are available in five different sizes ranging from 12 ft. up to 48 ft. They are available nationwide at Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Walmart,, Meijer and others.