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Top tech picks for young students

Beyond pencils, notebooks and erasers, technology is increasingly becoming part of back to school lists. Gadget needs will vary by grade level and workload, but here are five items to consider for your student.

Kurio 2 in 1 Windows tablet

For the budding typist: This 2-in-1 tablet computer
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For the budding typist: This 2-in-1 tablet computer is designed with kids ages 6 and up in mind, from its 9-inch touch screen to its detachable, smaller keyboard. It comes equipped with a free year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal, as well as parental controls that are standard with all Kurio kid tablets, making it ideal as a first computer. For play, kids can also enjoy the more than 40 apps and games that come preloaded. Available in blue/white at major retailers and pink/white at Toys R Us. $199.99; http://www.kurioworld.com/k/us/parents/products/smart/

FiLIP 2

For the cellphone newbie: This wearable device is
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For the cellphone newbie: This wearable device is also geared toward kids and makes a good first phone thanks to its parent-friendly features and cost. The FiLIP can make and receives calls from up to five numbers of your choosing, as well as can receive messages. It also comes equipped with GPS, GSM and Wi-Fi, so you can see your child?s location at any time. The redesigned wristband can adjust in size as they grow and comes in a variety of colors. $149.99/$99.99 limited time offer with unlimited voice and data for $10/month with AT&T; myfilip.com

Mophie powerstation mini

For the kid on the go: For older
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For the kid on the go: For older kids with cellphones, make sure you can stay in touch with them all day, from the bus to school to after-school activities, with an external battery that can recharge their phone. The sleek Mophie comes in bright, bold colors and is small enough to fit in your pocket, so it?ll easily fit in a backpack. Compatible with iOS and Android devices. $59.99; bestbuy.com

Lexar JumpDrive

For the multitasker: If your kids are jumping
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For the multitasker: If your kids are jumping from school computer to laptop and desktop at home, a flash drive will help them keep all their papers in one place. The Lexar JumpDrive holds up to 16GB, perfect for schoolwork, and is compatible with PC and Mac systems. $19.99; staples.com

Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook

For the analog and digital lover: Make working
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For the analog and digital lover: Make working between notebooks and tech seamless with this notebook from Moleskine. Capture the pages of your notebook using your phone or tablet with Evernote?s Page Camera (available for current iOS and Android release), so you can have your notes or sketches digitally saved and searchable. Each notebook comes with three months of Evernote Premium, too. $24.95; moleskine.com

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