A free web site that uses song lyrics to motivate students to read and write, a platform for learning English that adapts to each user, and a "touch interface" for launching digital materials from printed textbooks were among the new and emerging educational technologies highlighted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) last week during its 2008 Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco.

The annual summit holds special value for developers of educational technology, because some are chosen to take part in SIIA's Innovation Incubator program. This program highlights nonprofit organizations or young companies that produce creative, engaging ed-tech


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