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"Back to School"

Hey kids-don't be blue just because it's "Back to School" time! Bruce Pechman, The Muscleman of Technology® demonstrated several amazing tools and assorted Tech Products to make this semester your very best. From the latest Microsoft student focused software to help your grades, to Franklin's amazing new gadgets to help boost your SAT scores, Bruce demo'd all the must haves including Oregon Scientific's SmartGlobe-an educational toy that teaches kids about the world with entertaining games and quizzes!

  1. Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe
    www.oregoninstruments.com   MSRP $129.95

    This amazing SmartGlobe from Oregon Scientific is an affordable educational globe which contains 30 learning activities including country capitals, national anthems, and currency conversion. Touch N' Tell, Comparison, and Find modes are just some of the learning fun. This interactive 3D globe allows you to explore the world at your own pace. It has up-to-date information and the most recent world news thanks to updates through Internet downloads called "SmartUpdate"! Other features include a country flag guide, touch pen, high quality sound, and 64MB internal memory (great for multi-player games and accommodates up to four people)! For ages 5 and up-targeted content for the following age groups: 5-8, 9-14, and 15 and above. Simply Awesome!

  1. Keyboard Organizer by MyKeyO
    www.keyboardorganizer.com     MSRP $24.95

    The Keyboard Organizer is an award winning innovation! The Keyboard Organizer is the world's first and only fully functioning computer keyboard which swings open to give you an internal storage area. Great for organizing all your pens, CDs, paper clips, note pads, or whatever you want.just like a drawer. Perfect for college dorms, offices, studio apartments, shipping departments, POS locations, receptionists, and anyone who needs to get organized. What a great gift idea!

  1. Princeton Review Pocket Prep for the NEW 2005 SAT & ACT
    www.franklin.com   Model TSA-2400  MSRP $149.95 (available at Office Depot)

    Achieve higher SAT scores! Study for the new 2005 SAT and ACT where you want and when you want. This portable Interactive "Handheld Tutor" improves SAT test scores with a complete test preparation system that lets students prepare anywhere. The SAT 2400 has it all including comprehensive verbal, math, and essay preparation! Full length practice tests feature instant scoring and personal diagnostic reports. Also includes practice drills, flash cards (over 5,000 SAT words), and an extensive verbal and essay reference suite to maximize grammar and essay scores. Holy Brainiac Batman! Sold at most Office Depot Stores and the Franklin web site above.

  1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary & MP3 Player
    www.franklin.com   Model MWD-480  MSRP $79.95

    Now you can have it all! Listen to music, audio books, and podcasts.right from your electronic dictionary! With the Merriam-Webster Dictionary & MP3 Player you will have instant access to 274,000 definitions. The right words are easy to find with Franklin's patented phonetic spell correction feature. The included MP3 player allows you to listen to music, audio books or podcasts of your choice! Even has a "Confusables" function which alerts you if one word might be confused with another (their vs. there vs. they're). Includes an SD expansion slot so you can add more memory and USB cable. Additional features include 5 Games and a Crossword Puzzle Solver to determine missing puzzle letters; Local/World clock; Adjustable contrast display; Auto Shut-Off.

  1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus Comprehensive Reference Set
    www.franklin.com   Model MWD-1490  MSRP 59.95

    Get it all with the Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus Comprehensive Reference Set! This is the most advanced reference system for expert writing, translations, and spelling. Unprecedented features in one small package including Biographical Dictionary, Geographical Dictionary, 5-Language Translator (French, German, Spanish, Italian, and English), and Grammar guide. Put the power of 300,000 definitions and 500,000 synonyms and antonyms in your hand with the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Franklin Thesaurus model MWD-1490. The right words are easy to find with their patented phonetic spell correction feature. This advanced reference system offers extraordinary value in portability and versatility.

  1. Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2007
    www.microsoft.com/student   $69.95 (with $20 mail-in rebate)

    A great companion to Microsoft Office above-find information quickly and easily, improve your study skills, and accelerate your learning process. Microsoft Student 2007 is a software package of integrated tools and trusted information to help students with homework assignments in math, science, foreign language, social studies and language arts. Microsoft Student 2007 provides the trusted homework tools and resources you need for academic success. With tools for Office designed just for students, graphing/scientific calculator software, Web search companion, homework starters and trusted content from Encarta Premium. Get students past the blank page and start creating reports and presentations easily!

  1. ByteSize Tiny Hard Drive by SmartDisk
    www.smartdisk.com   6GB model is $119.99  8GB model is $149.99

    SmartDisk just announced their amazing portable 2" x 2" tiny external USB hard drive called "ByteSize". This is truly the perfect size for students or anyone who needs to back up critical data files, store hours of video, music, or thousands of photos. I love it because it's small enough to slip into your pocket! The 6 or 8 Gig ByteSize is a "mass storage class" peripheral, requiring no software to install if used with Windows XP and Windows Me. Also works perfectly with Mac OS X, Mac OS 9!

  1. Energizer Battery Chargers
    www.energizer.com   (includes 4 AA 2500mAh batteries & 3 faceplates)  MSRP $21.99

    Two brand new models just released in time for back to school. For the guys we showed the Dock & Go which will charge up to 8 "AA" or "AAA" batteries. For the gals we showed the Easy Charger (also charges "AA" or "AAA" batteries) with 3 interchangeable face plates to match any kitchen décor. What a great idea plus a real time and money saver! Ask any student and they will tell you what a hassle it is getting batteries for all their gear. Both deal with the family's ever-growing collection of frequently-used devices like digital cameras, CD players, handheld games, and toys for grownups and kids.

Great Back to School books from PeachPit Press

  1. MySpace Unraveled: What it is and how to use it safely
    www.peachpit.com   MSRP $14.99

    A must read for all parents! Do you know what your children are up to on MySpace? MySpace Unraveled: What it is and how to use it safely discusses the booming MySpace social-networking phenomenon and shows you exactly what you need know about MySpace and how to create a safe online experience for your kids.

  1. No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog
    www.peachpit.com   MSRP $19.99

    Tired of filling up your blog with boring posts? Take the next step and get inspired to create something unique. Author Margaret Mason shows you the way with this fun collection of inspirational ideas for your blog.

  1. Secrets of Podcasting - Audio Blogging for the Masses
    www.peachpit.com   MSRP $19.99

    Podcasting is the hottest thing to hit campus-create, distribute, find, and listen to radio shows over the Internet!

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