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Best Classroom Accessories for Teachers in 2022

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Thinking about back to school time often sparks images of backpacks, class schedules, and supply lists. However, teachers are heading back to the classroom too and have a long list of items they need for the school year. Beyond the jumbo pack of glue sticks, Clorox wipes, and extra pencils, here are a few things you don't want to keep off of your back to school checklist.

Our final thoughts

Teachers have our utmost respect for the hours of dedication and sacrifice they give to their students. We know a lot of personal funds go to ensure students have the bare minimum to survive the school year, on top of creating a fun learning environment. There are a few extra items that make organizing and managing a classroom easier.

We think every teacher should have access to G Suite for Education. This tool connects you to all the office programs of Google One, like Docs, Sheets, and Slide, plus Gmail for accessing school email addresses. But you also have access to Google Forms, which is a great tool for creating and sending permission slips to parents. Everything created using G Suite, including announcements, handouts and study guides, can be sent directly to students, parents, and administrators from within the program. Teachers with G Suite accounts also get to use the collaboration tools, including Hangouts and Classroom. These help you create, assign, and monitor group projects and allow real-time collaboration and document editing. All homework can be sent through G Suites, too, and help you can keep track of student grades and progress.

There is a big hitch to this perk, though. While G Suites is free for teachers and students to use, the school must partner with Google first to allow teachers access. G Suite for Education is offered to schools for free, too, so we encourage teachers to speak with administrators about getting a school account and then allow individual teachers access to the program.

Another handy tool to have in the classroom is a document camera. The IPEVO V4K (opens in new tab) document camera lets you project live-stream presentations, but it also doubles as a scanner to upload projects, live-action images and textbook pages to your computer. The IPEVO is compatible with many document, projector and camera apps, and works with PC, Mac, and Chromebook.

Nicole writes for multiple Future Publishing brands covering topics from antivirus to kitchen appliances to SAS. She has over 15 years of research and writing experience, including eight years of testing and reviewing consumer products. Nicole earned bachelor’s degrees in both English and Political Science with a focus on empirical research. In her spare time, Nicole serves as a member of several school councils and volunteers for a local arts board.