Products Worth Checking Out
Of American teens, 78 percent have broadband Internet at home, while 62 percent of all Americans have broadband at home.
—Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project
Stylistic Q550, starting at $729
Featuring a Windows-based platform, Fujitsu’s Stylistic Q550 10.1-inch tablet has all of the functions of a PC. The durable tablet includes a removable quick-swap battery for all-day computing and a fingerprint sensor for security with multiple users. Students can take advantage of the dual digitizers—multitouch and digital pen support. Fujitsu also offers a Bluetooth keyboard when it’s time to type.
Hosted Testing and Grading
$1,000 activation fee per MFP device, $50 subscription fee per month
Lexmark’s education solution, Hosted Testing and Grading (HTAG), works in conjunction with its multifunction printers (MFP). This cloud-based platform allows teachers to print bubble sheets, which are much cheaper than scantrons, and the MFP will scan an answer key to grade all of the tests and then send the grades to the student information system with ImageNOW software, along with an item analysis for teacher use.
Hitachi has released its newest line of networkable mobile projectors, including the CP-X3021WN, with upgraded features. The 3LCD projector delivers 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness and includes Hitachi’s new Intelligent Eco feature, which automatically changes the brightness of the lamp according to the level of the input signal. This projector can be controlled through a LAN connection or a USB wireless adapter.
FASTe, starting at $2,500 per site
FASTe (Formative Action System for Teacher Effectiveness) is an online platform that provides personalized dashboards and analytics for educators that connect the dots between student results, educator actions and district policy. FASTe compares the data to show the effect the activities are having on instruction and learning and suggests professional development for teachers based on this information.
Kajeet for Education, pricing varies
Kajeet for Education offers school districts affordable, safe solutions for bringing Internet-capable mobile devices to students. Schools can offer students broadband access via Kajeet-enabled mobile devices to ensure they are using safe, school-approved Web sites.
ThinkPad X130e, starting at $469
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X130e was created with students in mind. This laptop is equipped with advanced technology, including the latest Intel or AMD processors, integrated graphics and wireless connectivity for digital learning. Built tough for kids, the ThinkPad X130e has a reinforced and extra durable cover, keyboard and hinges. Schools can customize options based on their needs.
Geometry software, $39.99 per student
Revolution K12, a Web-based adaptive software division of Revolution Prep, launched a Geometry program that uses Mentor Session Technology to help students build skills in 28 geometry topics. The Web-based program takes students through standardized questions, diagnostic questions and tutorials on specific skills, which gives educators data to target instruction for students.