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District Administration heard from more readers than ever before for the 2010 Readers' Choice Top 100 Products award. In a challenging year that saw many districts forced to make painful cuts in staff , one might assume that the purchase and overall use of education products and technology also suffered, but this does not appear to be the case. On the contrary, both administrators and classroom educators became even more dependent on products and technology as a result of the recession.

 

EBOOKS

Sylvan Dell Publishing

$7.95 for one-year, one-title license

EXCENT

MyGraduationPlan

Special education program

Software, Pricing varies

Under pressure to keep spending down but also keep pace with rapid technology changes, many districts are future-proofing their schools—trying to get the most out of their tech spending by providing solutions they will be able to use now and in the future without major, expensive infrastructure overhauls.

TYLER TECHNOLOGIES

Telematic GPS, Starts at $179

ELMO USA

ELMO Wireless Tablet, $399

An experimental initiative that tests the potential of augmented reality for K12 education began in San Diego in April, that equips fourth-graders from city schools on field trips to the San Diego Museum of Art with specially developed smartphones.

The emerging field of augmented reality is in its infancy. In the most general sense, the term "augmented reality" refers to mobile technology that enhances, or augments, the physical environment around the user with digital information.

Sony

VPL-FX30 and VPL-FX500L

Projectors

$3360, $7080

AMX

SchoolView, Audiovisual control system

Contact AMX for pricing

 

Smith System

Flavors Seating

Classroom furniture

Facilities, $82-$372

The popularity of thin clients may soon diminish as districts catch wind of zero clients, the latest computer technology that is even thinner and lower maintenance. Zero clients, small silver portals the size of a Big Mac box, differ from thin clients in that they have no internal processing at all. "It is more or less a portal between the user and the keyboard," says Mark Lamson, director of technology for the Westerly (R.I.) Public Schools (WPS ). "It records key strokes back to a virtual machine which is running securely in the data center."

Smoothwall

SWG-1200

Network security appliance

Hardware, $5,500

The latest trend in the rapidly advancing and fiercely competitive interactive whiteboard market reflects the ever-increasing popularity and global appeal of this technology: support for multiple languages. A variety of manufacturers have recently added or expanded their language resources because of U.S. demand for teaching ELL students, the use of the devices in foreign language classes and strong sales in countries around the world.

SERIF

WebPlus X4

Web design program

Software, $59.99 for a single education user, school site licenses starting at $1,499

SAMSUNG TECHWIN SAM CAM 860

Document camera

Hardware, $799

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