Back To School Printables

We've officially entered that back-to-school time of year! After a long and exciting summer, it's the right moment to hit the books. In order to make lessons more fun while adding extra learning experiences in both the classroom or home, we wanted to provide examples of the best printable worksheets and activities that would be suited for kids of all ages. Just because it's back-to-school time doesn't mean you still can't have fun!

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Teenagers Changing the World Through Technology

When you were 17 years old, you were probably thinking about finishing up high school, or finding the perfect date to prom. But there are some teens who are coming up with incredible inventions that have the power to change the world for many of those who are most disadvantaged. As we move out of the lull of summer, we wanted to highlight some projects that can inspire your creativity as we move into the fall season. (They might also serve as inspiration to your kids who are in middle school or high school.)

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Fun Applications for 3D Printing

There's no doubt that 3D printing is an amazing technology, considering everything from customizable prosthetics for dogs to NASA space cameras are being built. But what about some of the fun aspects of 3D printing? How is the technology being used to create objects that make us nostalgic about our past, that make us laugh, or otherwise entertain us? We wanted to highlight a couple examples of ways 3D printing is being used to inspire joy in our everyday lives.

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When Mobile Apps Get Big Makeovers

If you're like us, you have probably have dozens of apps on your phone. From social media platforms to maps to bank account access, we rely on mobile phones for pretty much everything! As you also know, these apps are changing constantly. Often times these changes are minor: stability tweaks to stop random crashes, or a subtle interface change. But sometimes these changes can be dramatic. We wanted to focus on a few of these changes from big companies to explore how the mobile experience continues to evolve.

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Late Summer Origami Fun

We've officially entered the height of summer! In order to stay indoors and beat the heat, why not try your hand at origami, the Japanese art of paper folding? If the thought of origami makes you cringe, don't worry! We won't be suggesting the pineapple below. Instead, we wanted to provide some basic advice and easy projects to get everyone in the family excited about a craft that goes all the way back to the 17th century and requires only paper (or glue, in some cases).

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The SMART Future for Samsung Printers

After the big news that Home Depot would start selling 3D printers in certain stories nationwide, we wanted to peruse the Internet for some of the lesser-known developments in the printing world. In our search, we came across news that Office Depot has added the Samsung SMART printers to their product line. For us, these Samsung printers are one of the most exciting examples of continued innovation in the printer industry! We wanted to explore some specifics of this new technology and why you should get in on it.

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The Case For Smart Office Design

When you think of your average office space, smart is probably not the first word that comes to mind. Instead, you probably utter the dreaded word "cubicle," and conjure up the image of a cramped desk space without a window, where you hear the din of a dozen others typing away or fielding customer calls. But an office definitely doesn't have to be like this.

In fact, when you move beyond the cubicle model of office culture, there's actually great potential to improve productivity! Maybe your office won't get a makeover today, but these following suggestions could have a big impact, even if you can adapt them in smaller ways.

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DIY Summer Activities for Kids

Now that we’ve made it into July, we’re ready to begin that long stretch of summer when kids get notoriously restless. With all that pent up energy, it’s easy to spend hours on the computer, watching TV, or playing Gameboy. But remember: it’s summer, and now’s the time to get active while the weather is warm. Rather go out and spend a ton of money on the latest high-tech gadgets, there are some fun and interactive DIY summer projects, most of which you can make with simple supplies. Some are even printable!

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Web Resources to Increase Productivity

The web, and in particular social media, can be a massive time waster. Have you ever found yourself on Facebook or Wikipedia for what felt like 15 minutes but was really one hour? Has YouTube lured you away for a dozen different music videos at a time? While the web can get us distracted, it can also be the ultimate productivity tool, if used right. We've focused on apps before, but now we wanted to focus on specifically what you can access on your desktop or laptop.

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Finding Your Fourth of July Spirit in Crafts

It's hard to believe that the Fourth of July is just a couple of weeks away! But it is. Soon enough, fireworks will be lighting up the sky, barbeques will be blasting "America the Beautiful," parades will be showcasing all of the great community service we engage in, and cities everywhere will be dressed up in red, white, and blue. Even if you can't control the celebrations your city or town might be hosting, you can dress up your backyard barbeque with these perfect patriotic crafts.

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