8/20/13 8/20/13 POPSUGAR Living Geek Gear School Supply Trends 2013 Number 2 Pencils to Cloud Syncing: How Technology Changed Back to School August 20, 2013 by Emily Bibb 26 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow Today, going back to school isn't what it used to be; it's not just about packing enough pens, you also have to remember a charger and hope your homework was synced to the cloud. Here we take a trip down memory lane, seeing how shopping for school has changed to include gadgets. What is certain? Supplies may have been cheaper in yesteryear, but today's tech advances make education so much more interactive. Source: US Army RDECOM From Pages to Screens Image Source: Thinkstock It used to be a turn of the textbook page that got your imagination going; today, it's a tap of the screen. Paper textbooks are being replaced by ereaders like the Kindle Fire HD ($199). No need to lug around heavy books on your back when you can store hundreds of books in one device and have access to movies, TV shows, and web browsing at the same time. Kindle Fire HD $199 from amazon.com Buy Now From a Disk to a Cloud Image Source: Thinkstock Saving precious in-progress essays went from file folders to floppy disks to USB drives — and now, it's all in the cloud. Thanks to services like Dropbox, all your videos, photos, and documents can go anywhere with you. Cloud storage saves files and syncs to all your computers, phones, and tablets. Should you find yourself gadget-free, you can still access work via the Dropbox website. So long to "forgetting" your homework at a home as a valid excuse in the classroom. From Study Groups to Hangouts Study groups have moved from the stacks to Google+ Hangouts. With an account and a webcam, you can catch up with classmates anywhere, at any time, even when the coffee shop is closed. From Notebooks to Tablets Opening a fresh notebook was a simple pleasure on the first day of school, but so many students now are instead turning on an iPad ($499) to reference class work. With note apps, reminders, and Internet access, you don't have to pack much else in your school bag than your tablet of choice. iPad $499 from store.apple.com Buy Now From Ballpoint to WiFi Today, your pen is expected do more than take notes. The Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen ($200) not only writes with Livescribe dot paper, but also records lectures and syncs notes to Evernote and on your iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows device to easily organize when finals roll around. pen is expected do more than take notes. The $200 from amazon.com Buy Now Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen $200 from livescribe.com Buy Now Editor's PickGeek GearGadgetsBack To School Get Inspired With Our Living Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Vegetarian Tech Love and Sex Food DIY Home Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.