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Give high school grads the right start for college with these technology gifts

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:38 am, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

(BPT) - Technology is one of the most practical - and most appreciated - gifts a high school graduate can receive. Different technology tools can give the class of 2014 a jump start on their college journey and all post-high-school adventures. A new survey conducted by Impulse Research revealed that the majority of students (65 percent) believe a laptop is the most important purchase for heading back to school.

Check out these great tech gifts to help the graduate in your life prepare for heading off to college.

* Keeping connected is very important as freshmen make new friends and want to stay in touch with everyone back home. The Nokia Lumia 520 Windows Phone is up to the task of keeping college freshmen connected, providing students with everything they need for classroom and homework settings. Plus, Windows phones come in so many colors, sizes and shapes, you will be able to perfectly match your graduate’s unique personality.

* Office 365 will ensure that the graduate on your list is equipped with the tools they need to succeed – from the classroom to the dorm room, and everywhere in between. Install it on your PC, Mac or tablet – and take advantage of additional OneDrive storage so you can access and share your documents from anywhere.

* Need to get organized? Check out OneNote, the ultimate digital note taking app designed for busy students who have to juggle classes, projects, assignments and life. Best of all, it is free on PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android Phone – so you can’t afford not to check it out.

* Windows laptops and tablets will give the graduate on your list all the tools needed for class or to stay healthy during her college years. This year’s top picks include the Acer Aspire S7 Touchscreen Ultrabook and Dell Venue 8. Both are great for watching their favorite show on Netflix or using fitness apps. Students just need to log into their Outlook.com Microsoft account to get access to all their apps and services across all the electronic devices they own.

If you still need help picking out the right device for your student, visit your local Windows Store at Best Buy. They have trained consultants to help find the perfect gift for every graduate on your list.

When you give a high school graduate these great technology tools, you’ll know they’re set for college and any other post-high-school adventures they might have planned. Not only is a technology gift practical – it will help them to be more successful this school year and beyond.

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