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The Device Your Teen Needs for Home-Based Distance Learning

By Melissa Ashcraft




During the COVID-19 global pandemic, many of us are branching out and finding different ways to keep ourselves busy and engaged. One avenue that’s taken off significantly is the resurgence of tabletop games that have been adapted to online versions. You can find a plethora of games online, including popular sites like Roll20 or Dungeon and Dragons online. You can even design your own character for the game. In the video below, fantasy artist Kiri Østergaard Leonard shares five tips using her Wacom One that will help you design your own, unique, kick-ass character.






I give myself a sold B to B- for my parenting abilities. For example, I never have cut a single crust off a sandwich and the boy has been doing his own laundry since he was 8. Also I never played on the play equipment with him. I just sort of sat on the sidelines and said good job occasionally, but only in a half-hearted way so that he’d still be motivated to slide down the slide better. But now he seems like a happy kid and he’s pretty funny too. Stephen King once said: humor is almost always anger with its make up on. So maybe he’s not that happy. What does Stephen King even know???!

Like I said, I’m an okay parent, but I made one really great parenting decision and that was getting the Wacom One for his distance learning. When I brought it home, my son immediately cleaned his room. I mean, I feel like I could stop this blog post here and I’d have a good bunch of you running to Wacom estore to purchase one. Go ahead!! You don’t need to read the rest!

After he plugged the Wacom One into his laptop, he got to drawing right away with Autodesk Sketchbook. This is a great app for anyone who hasn’t earned their chops in Photoshop. Hint: even I can help customers use Autodesk Sketchbook on a busy trade show floor!



He’s been drawing for hours each day on the Wacom One. The other day I challenged him to make a still life of the fruit I had panic-purchased a few days prior.

Yes, I bought that many jalapenos. Add panic shopping to the list of things I’m not great at. And he willingly made a still life, but because he’s more into illustration than whatever lame thing I think about (fine art!), he added some characters to his still life too.



And, what’s more, he’s also using the Wacom One for his math too.



I don’t even know what this is a picture of. Is that called a triangle? But what I do know is that I don’t have a printer in my house and yet, my son is able to work on his math digitally. I did ask him if that was actual math when I took the picture. He assured me it wasn’t fake math. I mean, what do I know? I picked up the trash around his desk before I took this picture, so it would seem like my 14 year old son has a tidy clean room. He clearly hasn’t seem me model honesty lately. This probably is fake math.

All of this is to say that I do truly feel like a genius for grabbing a Wacom One before my son, once again, became my constant companion. It’s so much better than a printer and he actually likes using it. And…he can make fake math on it too.

If your teen is also into math, or drawing then you should certainly get a Wacom One for this time of quarantine. But only if they are old enough to realize that spilling milk on technology is super lame.




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