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Seven new ed-tech tools to know about

These seven tools were on display at major education conferences in the last month

ed-tech-toolsIn just the last month, Austin has hosted two major ed-tech conferences: the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference and the South by Southwest Education conference (SXSWedu).

You can find our full coverage of TCEA 2014 at this link, but here are some leftover announcements from that show—along with new ed-tech tools and products that caught our eye from SXSWedu as well.

(New tools are listed in alphabetical order by company name)

Amplify makes its education tablet more rugged

During SXSWedu, Amplify announced a partnership with Intel Education to offer a more ruggedized tablet built for K-12 schools. The new Android-based tablet will be available for the 2014-15 school year and will feature a more durable design that can withstand drops and spills; a break- and scratch-resistant screen made of Corning Gorilla Glass; an advanced, dual-antenna Wi-Fi radio; front and rear cameras; and a tethered stylus.

The new device is part of the Amplify Tablet System, which also includes instructional content, device management software, and support.

The tablet will come preloaded with third-party education content and tools, including eTextbooks from the CK-12 Foundation, a graphing calculator, Encyclopaedia Britannica, EverFi’s digital literacy curriculum, Geogebra, Google Apps for Education, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Project Noah science tools, public domain eBooks, and the Gooru education search engine.

Tools like Eyes on Teacher and App Blocker make it easy to manage student devices during class, Amplify says.

Pricing for the Amplify Tablet System—including the tablet, software, content, and support—will be $199 per year for three years.

Brainhive eBook library requires no startup costs for schools

While Brainhive technically isn’t new (it launched in 2012), we thought it deserved a mention here because of its innovative, “buck-a-book” model for giving students access to thousands of eBook titles: Schools pay a dollar for every eBook that students “check out” of its online library, with no annual subscription fee required. That makes it easy for schools to start using the service right away.

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