If I had a million dollars…

I can’t justify buying every cool tech toy I see, but darn it, so many things look like they’d be fun to use in the classroom.

This Amazon Gold Box deal of the day caught my eye:

MINI JAMBOX by Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Silver Dot - Retail Packaging
MINI JAMBOX by Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Silver Dot – Retail Packaging

At a bit over $100, it’s far beyond what I could justify spending on a whim, but a powerful, pocket-sized bluetooth speaker would be a great substitute for the boomboxes we still occasionally lug around at my institution– assuming, of course, that the audio recordings you need are loaded onto a phone, tablet, or laptop rather than stuck on a CD or cassette tape!

And this showed up as a recommended item recently:

Anker® 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology for iPhone 5s 5c 5; iPad Air mini; Galaxy S5 S4; Note 3 2; the new HTC One (M8); Nexus and More (Black)
Anker® 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology for iPhone 5s 5c 5; iPad Air mini; Galaxy S5 S4; Note 3 2; the new HTC One (M8); Nexus and More (Black)

Also very, very cool. Finding enough USB ports to charge our iPod Touches and Flip Videos can be a hassle at times. This particular device would be a non-starter for Flip Videos due to the narrow spacing between ports, but it would be perfect for charging five iPods at a time at full speed.

Personally, I have one of those two-port USB chargers with the “A” and “NA” ports for manual optimization of charging rates, but a charger that actually automatically detects what your device needs would make things so much more simple. I think I’m actually going to get this one– if nothing else, it will help me consolidate the three separate USB chargers currently cluttering my power strip, and it ought to be super useful for travel, too.

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