Back to school technology that helps kids learn

| August 6, 2019

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Thousands of St. Louis students are headed back to class next week. Is your little scholar ready for straight As? Tech gadgets can help students excel in and out of the classroom. Tech lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch shows us new products and tools.

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Emporia State University has been changing lives since 1863. It is a dynamic and progressive student-centered learning community that fosters student success through engagement in academic excellence, community and global involvement,and the pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment.

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