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Consumer tech helps those going back to school

The feel of freshly-sharpened pencils. The stack of notebooks in a backpack. The newest superhero or cartoon character gracing a lunchbox.

As millions head back to classes, think of the hundreds of back-to-school rituals – all of them, once a stable of Americana. Many things required this from every parent.

But thanks to everyday technology, these slices of our lives are gone, forever.

Even the most advanced calculus or math instructor would have no idea today how to use a slide rule. No different from moms of just 35 years ago.

They would be dumbfounded to learn there’s no more traditional back-to-school shopping.

It’s all online, and home delivered from Wal-Mart and Amazon.

Forget pencils and pens; Note talking and homework is done on laptops and iPads – except for first through fourth graders, where you still need standard notebooks, glue, and crayons.

Still, even then, with a keystroke and standard two-day delivery, everything is only a few hours away.

It may be back to school, but this year, it’s with far less trauma, thanks to consumer tech.

Hear my take on back to school in this Consumer Tech Update. Tap or click here to listen.

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