What every student (and parent) needs before heading back to school

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ThinkEDU provides the Student Software Essentials while saving students and parents big bucks.

There are essential software products that every student should have on their laptop, that provide them the tools to put them in the best position to succeed in school or college”, states Janet Drumm, co-founder of ThinkEDU and parent of two college sons.

Bedding, towels, alarm clock? Check. Laundry detergent, toiletries, headphones? Check. Laptop loaded up with all of the essential software? Uh, isn’t it already on there?

Not necessarily. And shouldn’t students be just as well prepared for the classroom as they are for the dorm room? ThinkEDU offers their list of the Student Software Essentials that should be on every laptop, no matter what the brand or model.

“There are essential software products that every student should have on their laptop, that provide them the tools to put them in the best position to succeed in school or college”, states Janet Drumm, co-founder of ThinkEDU and parent of two college sons.

ThinkEDU has put together the following list of software products that every student should have on their computer:

Microsoft Office University. Office is a must have on every students computer. When someone sends over a word document, spreadsheet or presentation, it has to be compatible. Microsoft Office is the industry standard, and for good reason: It's great software. And lucky for students, Microsoft offers it at an educational price--as low as $88.88 thru 9/15. (Available to college students only.)

Microsoft Office University is available for PC and Mac. Office 2010 is for PC’s (Windows) and it includes 7 programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, OneNote and Publisher. Office 2011 is for Mac. It includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Both are available as an electronic download or in a physical box. For just $88.88, the software can be installed on two computers, which is perfect if a student owns a laptop and a desktop. Not a college student (or college faculty/staff)? No problem. Microsoft makes their Microsoft Office Home and Student version for K-12 students and teachers.

Backgrounds for PowerPoint. Ideal for students creating Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. 100 backgrounds, 3 color variations for just $9.95.

Microsoft OneNote. This product was created for students! Amazing note taking software. Microsoft OneNote 2010 is a digital notebook that provides a single place where students can gather all of their notes and information, with the added benefits of powerful search capabilities to find what they are looking for quickly, plus easy-to-use shared notebooks so you can manage information overload and work together with others more effectively. Buy OneNote alone for $49.95 or get it in Office 2010.

Endnote. This is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references. With flexible tools for searching, organizing and sharing research, creating bibliography and writing papers, EndNote lets students do what they do best, faster. $114.95.

Adobe Acrobat X Pro. Adobe Acrobat X Pro software lets students deliver highly professional PDF communications. Create and edit PDF files with rich media included, share information more securely, and gather team feedback more efficiently. $99.95 thru 9/30.

Adobe Creative Suite 6. Essential for students doing print or web design work. Industry standard Adobe Photoshop is also available by itself, as well as in all of the Adobe Creative Suites, that consist if a collection of popular Adobe products. Design Standard is ideal for students doing mainly print work. If designing for both Print and Web or for mobile devices, there is Design and Web Premium. Production Premium is ideal for creating or editing video. And for the student that does it all, Adobe offers Master Collection that includes everything. Adobe is running a back to school promotion, offering additional savings of up to $100 until 9/30.

Total Training. Ok, but how do students learn how to use all this stuff? Total Training offers incredible software training for Microsoft, Adobe and tons of other software products. Students can learn to use software with online video training, and learn at their own pace. And it's incredibly affordable with student pricing starting from just $14.95 for All Access training. For just $14.95 students get access to hundreds of software titles!

Great resources for your Back to School needs:
ThinkEDU.com - Software at student discounted pricing.
Bookrenter.com – Save up to 80% on textbooks!
DormCo.com – Everything you need for the dorm room.
eBags.com – HUGE selection of backpacks, bags & cases that hold your laptop and more.
DickBlick.com – The best art supplies at the best discounts.
BeyondGraduation.com – Huge selection of official college licensed apparel, college sports teams and pro sports.
Apple – Heard of these guys? They make some cool stuff. Laptops, iPads, iPhones.

The Student Software Essentials and the resources above can be found online at thinkEDU.com along with hundreds of other software products at low student pricing.

About thinkEDU
Based in Carrolton, TX, ThinkEDU offers everything for students, faculty and staff academic discounts on software, hardware and more. ThinkEDU is a one-stop shop for students, faculty and staff to purchase their software, hardware, collegiate wear, textbooks, art supplies, dorm supplies and more. Contact us at admin(at)thinkEDU(dot)com or go to http://www.thinkEDU.com to learn more about our free marketing materials, Refer-A-Friend and Earn program and more.

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