Nearly everyone involved in educational technology has heard by now of the XO computer, the $188 laptop specially designed for kids in developing nations. But there are other low-cost, ultra-portable computing devices that schools should be aware of, too, said participants in a Nov. 14 webcast hosted by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Like bargain-hunters at a sale, ed-tech leaders came together to compare ultra-portable devices and talk about affordable one-to-one computing options during the webcast, titled “Ultra Light Portable Devices in K-12: The Quest for a $100 Device.” Presenters discussed various...

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