New ed-tech products aim to solve challenges, improve learning

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New software for managing mobile devices as they connect to a school’s network, a digital workspace where students can synthesize the information they find through online search engines, and the industry’s first fully washable (and submersible) headphones for students were among the many products unveiled during various ed-tech trade shows last month.

Here’s a roundup of news from exhibitors at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference, and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education in February.

(Click on the product categories to learn more about these educational technology solutions.)

Hardware, furniture, and AV systems

Washable headphones, a turnkey solution for delivering 3D video, and an iPad storage cart that can synch up to 30 devices to iTunes from a single USB connection are a few of the latest products from makers of school computer hardware, furniture, and AV systems…

Curriculum and instructional technology

A new way to deliver digital content that combines video distribution with the functionality of a learning management system, reading software that uses music to engage both sides of the brain at once, and a personalized online workspace for students to organize the information they find from search engines to create reports were some of the many instructional technology products on display…

Communication and collaboration

A system that lets school districts deliver seamless access to online services through a single sign-on process, and the addition of parent accounts to a free online learning network for schools, were among the new products aimed at improving communication and collaboration for educators…

School IT solutions

A program for managing mobile devices as they connect to a school’s network, IP surveillance cameras that can send automatic eMail alerts whenever a certain rule is triggered, and energy-saving software that automatically powers down idle computers were some of the new products of interest to educational technology leaders…

School administrative services

New software programs for finding substitute teachers, sending emergency notifications, creating digital forms, improving classroom behavior, and involving students in the creation of their IEPs were a few of the many school administrative products showcased…

Professional development and consulting

Services that help school leaders apply for e-Rate discounts, redesign teaching and learning, foster schoolwide improvement, and find other sources of funding were among the highlights from companies that offer professional development and consulting…

February 2011 conference exhibitor index

Looking for coverage of a specific company from the 2011 FETC, TCEA, or AASA conferences? Then use this handy index to find the information you need. Clicking on each link will take you to the story where that company is featured.

And if you missed our earlier coverage of the 2011 FETC, TCEA, and AASA trade shows, be sure to check out these stories as well:

Kineo: Like an iPad, but made for students

How to use YouTube at school, safely

TCEA seeks to remove barriers from tech access

Free web tools for classroom educators

AASA focuses on teamwork, collaboration

Expert: Federal school reform plan is wrong

NSBA, AASA to combine national conferences

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