In many communities around the North America, parents and students are beginning the annual rite of passage of preparing for school. As early as this week, school buses will be rolling, and parents are getting their kids ready to go.
In the days of yore, preparations would have entailed buying folders, paper and pencils. Today, the expectation for parents who want to give their kids every advantage is to load them up with as much technology as possible, especially at the elementary-school level.
From one perspective, this makes sense: get your kids started early and they will be masters of the online universe by the time they hit high school. But this is an area where parents can easily go overboard and weigh their little student down with a lot of expensive technology they don't need and won't be much help.