Teachers are an important part of our communities, so why shouldn’t they have the best technology possible to make their jobs easier and more enjoyable? Whether you’re a teacher buying these items for yourself or a loving parent gifting them, these neat little gadgets make the best teachers even better at what they do.
Show documents to the whole class: Document camera
In the old days, teachers would use projectors to show a piece of paper or some other document to the whole class. The biggest manufacturer of overhead projectors stopped making them in 2015, and no doubt some are still in use in schools, so some of the newest generation may have experience with one.
Now, teachers often use their computers connected to a projector hanging from the ceiling. But what if you have a document that you don’t have a digital copy of? Or do you want to show the entire class a student’s exceptional work to demonstrate a point?
Fortunately, you can use the modern version of the projector: the document camera! This particular camera from IPEVO features an 8MP camera with a Sony CMOS Image Sensor to help documents appear clearly even in dimly lit rooms. It can shoot at 30 frames per second in Full HD resolution or 15 frames per second at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448.
If you have a computer with macOS, it needs at least an Intel Core i5 (2.5 GHz or higher) and OS X 10.10 or higher. Or if you have a Windows PC, you need at least Windows 10 OS and Intel Core i5 (3.4 GHz or higher). Then all devices need at least 200 MB of free memory space and 256 GB of dedicated video memory.
Show the documents to the whole class
Having a document camera makes it easy to show all class answers after an exam or just documents that you don’t have digital copies of.
What Time Is It?: Math Hour
This neat math clock from Decodyne is a very simple concept, but incredibly clever in a classroom setting. At 11.5 inches in diameter, it is the same size as regular watches and is easy to read from a distance.
Instead of traditional numerals or Roman numerals, this unique watch uses mathematical equations to represent each hour. For example, instead of the clock reading “12” above, it says “6 x 2”, so students have to do a quick equation to figure out that it’s 12 o’clock. It runs on a single AA battery (not included), so there won’t be any unsightly wires or cords distracting from the watch’s clean, slate design.
What time is it?
Telling time is already a skill learned in school, but now students can learn more by solving math equations to calculate time.
Don’t strain your voice: Wireless Microphone
Teachers already do a lot for children; nor should they lose their voice during teaching, especially when it is so unnecessary. A simple microphone like this helps teachers speak clearly and loudly so that the whole class can hear without shouting. This is useful when teachers are actively teaching, as well as when they need to quiet the class.
You can use the microphone as a headset or as a handheld microphone, and you can walk around the classroom with no problem at a distance of 160 feet. It doesn’t have Bluetooth and doesn’t work with most laptops, desktops, or smartphones; instead, you’ll need a speaker with a 3.5mm (or 6.5mm) audio jack to connect the UHF wireless receiver.
A single charge lasts about five to six hours, which is enough for a full school day. Then when you’re ready to charge it, you can do so with a dual micro-USB cable that will charge both the transmitter and receiver simultaneously. It takes about two and a half to three hours to fully charge both the transmitter and the receiver.
Don’t Strain Your Voice
Talking to the whole class strains your vocal cords, but this wireless microphone helps you come across clearly without straining.
For comfortable typing: Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
Much of the teaching and assessment work is done manually, but teachers also spend a lot of time on the computer. With Logitech’s K350 and M705 combination, typing will be very comfortable throughout the day.
Logitech’s full-size K350 keyboard has a unique wave design that helps your fingers and hands naturally fall into a comfortable position when typing. For a more enjoyable experience, the keyboard has a padded palm rest and dedicated media control keys and programmable keys on the top.
The mouse is curved to fit perfectly in your hand, creating a more comfortable position for your wrist and palm when using the mouse or just standing there. Next, there are a few buttons on the mouse that you can customize with the Logitech Options app, available on Windows 10 or later and macOS 10.15 or later.
There is a single connector receiver that you plug into your computer’s USB-A port to connect both the keyboard and mouse. You shouldn’t have to replace the four AA batteries in the keyboard and mouse for about three years. This convenient keyboard and mouse combo works with Windows 10 or later, and may also work with macOS, but you won’t be able to use all of the keyboard’s available keys.
For Comfortable Typing
Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
With Logitech’s keyboard and mouse combination, it’s much more pleasant to enter grades and write new test versions.
Walking around the classroom while teaching: Graphics Tablet
This graphics tablet from XP-PEN is especially useful for math teachers, but all teachers can benefit from it! Basically, a graphics tablet will take the place of drawing or writing on the board for the whole class, or writing things on your computer.
After connecting the USB key to the computer, you can use the graphics tablet wirelessly while walking around the room solving a math equation for the whole class to see. With a 1000 mAh battery, there’s enough juice to keep you studying all day. It can last for just over 10 hours between charges and takes only two hours to fully charge.
There are customizable shortcut keys on the left side of the tablet to make mobile learning even more seamless. Both the tablet and the included stylus are compatible with Photoshop, Painter, Clip Studio, Blender 3D, and more. works with most major software, including
It’s compatible with most computers and even smartphones, as long as they have a USB-A port for the dongle. Computers must be running Windows 7 or later, and Apple devices must be running macOS X 10.10 or later. Next, Android smartphones need version 6.0 or higher, and Chrome devices need OS 88.0.4324.109 or higher.
Walk around the Classroom While Teaching
Instead of being stuck behind your computer, you can walk around the room and actively assist students during instruction.
Use color for volume control: LED light strip
Buying some good LED light strips for your classroom is surprisingly one of the most useful pieces of technology. Using specific colors to denote the appropriate volume for your classroom is a game changer. For example, you can set red for students to be silent, and other colors for students to whisper or speak in an inner voice.
Since these lights can be controlled via an app (Android/iOS), you can also use the lights as a timer for test days. You can change the lights to blue while the test is in progress, and to yellow when students have five minutes left to finish.
Different lengths are available depending on how big your classroom is or how much of your classroom you want to use for the lights. Installation is incredibly easy; all you need to do is lightly clean the surface, tear off the backing in light strips, press it firmly against your surface, and then cut off the excess length.
Use Color for volume control
LED light strip
LED light strips are fun for the home, but they’re also very useful in the classroom!
Set Yourself On For Success: The Smart Travel Mug
Many professions practically require coffee just to function; teaching is one of them. For someone who’s always walking around class, it’s easy to forget to drink your coffee, but Ember’s smart travel mug keeps your drink at the perfect temperature for as long as you need to finish it.
You can set your preferred temperature between 120°F and 145°F via the app (Android/iOS) or the mug itself; it will remember the last temperature it was set to. If you put it on a mug, you can just tap the Ember logo on the front and it will control the touch display.
The travel mug comes with a charging dock, and with a built-in battery, you can leave your coffee on the charger for up to three hours. Battery storage is one of the cup’s smart features; it wakes up when hot liquid is poured inside and goes to sleep when not in use. When it’s time to clean, the Ember mug is easy to hand wash and is IPX7 rated, which means it’s fully submersible up to a meter deep. You don’t put it in the dishwasher.
Set Yourself On Fire for Success
Smart Travel Mug
No matter how long it takes you to finish your coffee, it will stay at the perfect temperature with Ember’s smart travel mug.
For seamless presentations: Wireless Click
The best thing about DinoFire’s wireless clicker is that it’s easy enough for both teachers and students to use if student presentations are something that happens regularly in your classroom. It uses USB-RF wireless technology to connect to a computer (Windows 10 or later, macOS X or later) and has a long range of 98 feet so you can roam freely in the classroom.
With a click, you can control the volume, change slides in a presentation, and even open hyperlinks. Although there are more programs that the clicker works with; the most popular options include MS Word and PowerPoint, Google Slides, and ACD See. It also has a built-in red dot light that you can use to show specific things on the screen, although it’s not recommended for use on LED or LCD screens.
For seamless presentations
Like many of these items, this wireless clicker allows you to be more mobile in the classroom instead of being trapped behind your desk.