Here are some of the top technology-related stories in the April 2012 edition of eSchool News.

In the April 2012 issue of eSchool News, we report on several significant technology-related developments of interest to schools, including Microsoft’s attempt to compete with Apple and Google in the era of mobile computing, the use of video as a key tool in teacher training and evaluation, and how technology is changing the lives of students with disabilities.

To read these stories in our digital edition, click on the headlines below—or browse through the entire publication by clicking here.

Microsoft sees future in Windows 8 amid iPad’s rise

Microsoft is scrambling to preserve what’s left of its kingdom, and it’s pinning its hopes on a new version of Windows that could spawn a new breed of hybrid machines: part tablet computer, part laptop…

Video becoming a key tool in teacher training, evaluation

As teacher training and evaluation take a front seat in the nation’s education reform agenda, a growing number of schools are integrating video into the process…

Digital revolution changing lives of students with disabilities

Kyle Beasley is a smart second-grader with an infectious grin. He’s also functionally blind. Until last fall, the 7-year-old used 8-by-11-inch Braille texts that teachers printed for him on a special machine. But each page cost about $1, and he once had four lockers just to store his textbooks.

Today, the student at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville, Wis., easily carries his own iPad and a special Braille translator that allow him to read all his textbooks, send eMail messages, access the internet, check the weather, and do just about anything anyone else can do with a computer…

Sign of the times: Driver’s ed simulators focus on texting and driving

Driver’s ed programs for years have used electronic drinking-and-driving simulators to give students a firsthand experience with how drinking alcohol slows their reaction time and affects their coordination. Now, texting-and-driving simulators are cropping up to take their place…