Back to School


18 Aug: He’s A High School Teacher By Day, Tech Expert By Night

A full-time teacher, part-time tech expert and a father of five all walk into a room. His name is Justin.

Justin Feil has devoted the past decade to educating and inspiring future generations. From teaching toddlers to schooling seniors, he’s made a difference for hundreds of students, most recently as a special education teacher in Bakersfield, California.

“I absolutely love challenging these students to learn, grow and be their best selves,” he said.

Justin has a lot on his plate right now.


18 Aug: Best Buy Education Helps Schools — Not Just Students — Prepare For Distance Learning

With the school year fast approaching, a Texas school district was scrambling to find the technology required for students to engage in distance learning during the pandemic.

The district needed Chromebooks. Lots of them.

Administrators placed an order with their usual tech provider, only to learn that company wouldn’t be able to fulfill it in time for the start of school. So, they turned to Best Buy for help.

Four business days later, they had secured almost 1,700 Chromebooks for their school.


17 Aug: Bronx Store Manager Sets Out To Show What’s Possible

Growing up in the Bronx, Kufre “Archie” Mbatt didn’t see many people who looked like him in leadership roles. So, he was determined to set the example for others.

Archie, the son of Nigerian immigrants, worked hard to achieve that dream. And he’s now the general manager of a Best Buy store in the New York City borough.

“You hear growing up that you’re not going to make it,” he said. “It made me work a little bit harder. I wanted to do that for people in the city and at Best Buy to show them that it’s possible.”

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31 Jul: Best Buy Launches Parent Hub To Help Prep For Virtual Learning

With many states and school districts embracing distance learning because of the pandemic, many parents might soon find themselves working from home while also helping to manage their kids’ virtual schooling.

To help, we’ve launched a new Parent Hub on Best It’s a one-stop resource for exploring all the tech and tips you need to prepare for a new way of learning.

The site includes tech recommendations for distance learning, including laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi routers and computer accessories. Plus, there are tech tip videos and other resources that are designed to help parents’ get the most out of their tech.


22 Jul: 5 Tips For Choosing The Right Laptop For Learning From Home

As school districts across the country announce what classrooms will look like this fall, parents and students are gearing up for the new normal.

If you’re learning from home and spending even more time online, it might be time to upgrade your technology to make sure you’re getting the most out of your virtual classroom.

Here’s some helpful advice from Geek Squad Agent Derek Meister for what to look for in a new laptop.

Operating system

The operating system is the core of your laptop.


10 Jul: The Best Back-To-School Tech For Our New Normal

Preparing to go back to school is sure to look a bit different this year amid the lingering uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But regardless of whether classes happen in person or online, the latest technology will be just as essential — or more so — than ever for this new normal in the way students learn. From that essential laptop for doing your homework to instant film cameras for capturing all the memories at school, Best Buy has you covered.


10 Jul: How To Choose The Right Laptop For Going Back To School

Best Buy experts provide helpful tips for their fellow students.

With the start of school just around the corner, it’s time for students to find the right laptop to meet their needs — whether they’ll be learning in the classroom or from home this year.

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new computer for college. But regardless of your major or how much you’re willing to spend, there are plenty of good options for everyone.

Here are some helpful tips from Best Buy employees who are doing double duty as college students.


07 Aug: 3 easy recipes for cooking at college

College living doesn’t have to be the start of a diet consisting of ramen and macaroni and cheese.

Whether you’re in an apartment or dorm room this year, I’m here to let you know as a recent grad myself, there are options. If you have a microwave, mini fridge, mug and a few ingredients, you can eat like the aspiring foodie you deserve to be.

To help, here are three of my favorite food hacks that take little effort but reap (tasty) benefits.

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02 Aug: 3 tips to avoid college campus tech pitfalls

You’re about to head back to school. You have the computer that’s best for you and all the right tech and appliances for your dorm or apartment.

But campus life can be filled with unexpected tech pitfalls. Are you ready for them?

We talked with some Best Buy Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents who are in school themselves. They’ve identified three common tech pain points on campus and have some ideas on how to deal with them.

Printing perils

Depending on where you go to school, campus printers can be: outdated, hard to find or always in use.

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26 Jul: Here’s your study guide for those techy laptop terms


Shopping for a laptop can be tough, especially when you add technical terms into the mix.

But don’t worry, we have an expert to translate the jargon. 

That expert is Geek Squad Agent and college student Daniel Bellorin from Tallahassee, Florida. When it comes to understanding the lingo, he says, don’t be scared. “It seems like a lot of information, but once you learn what it all means, it can really help pick out the best laptop for you.”

Here are some common terms and what they mean.

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18 Aug: Study Smarter, Not Harder With These Tech Tips

Studying is studying whether you’re a second-grader or a second-year grad student. It’s sometimes boring and often time consuming, and for most students it’s an essential part of doing well in school.

But, it can be much easier.  

Agent Noelle St. Andrew, from Richfield, Minnesota, juggles work, her personal life and school. She has come up with some tips to help students of any age study smarter, not harder.

Here’s what she recommends.

‘Write’ it down

Writing things down has been shown to help you remember them better.

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02 Aug: Get the Smartest Dorm on Campus

Your college packing list should consist of more than shower shoes and No. 2 pencils.

Imagine walking into your dorm and with just six words you can be watching your favorite show without pressing a single button. Or, your quick library visit is turning into an all-nighter, so you turn off your lights and electronics all the way across campus – with your smartphone.

Smart home technology isn’t just for houses. Some of the latest and greatest products work great in a dorm to give you an A+ environment for studying, having fun or staying organized.