I'll admit, I was skeptical when Livescribe asked me to review its new smartpen, says Christopher Dawson for ZDNet Education. Although I'd given high marks to their Echo smartpen in previous reviews ("Livescribe: Fixing note taking once and for all" and "Livescribe use models in special education"), that was back in 2010. Just a few months earlier, Apple had released its first-generation iPad to lots of hope for educational use cases but had hardly reached critical mass in schools. Now it's almost 2013, tablets are everywhere, and most of us believe that a tablet or hybrid is the...

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