My collegue Mike has a website where he collect all sorts of digital tools, which might help you in your study. Check it out: Make Good Shit.
If you need inspiration for your idea developing process, check out theese books:
Some of Lynda.com’s tutorials are for free.
For instance these tutorials on typography in Photoshop:
Maybe we need some of these for the school. Read more about Little Printer at bergcloud.com.
Need some inspiration for prototyping tools and ideas? Check out the international design and innovation company IDEO’s blog IDEO LABS. Great inspiration for technology freaks.