New ed-tech products and announcements: Spring 2012

Here’s a quick tour of the ed-tech landscape.

The editors of eSchool Media have logged thousands of miles covering various ed-tech trade shows since the start of the year, from Florida and Texas to Washington, D.C.

We’ve spent time at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, the Texas Computer Education Association conference in Austin, the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education in Houston, and the Consortium for School Networking’s K-12 Technology Leadership Conference in the nation’s capital, among other shows.

Here’s a roundup of what we’ve seen and heard. (To learn more about each topic, click the corresponding headline.)

New ed-tech products target classroom instruction

Software designed for touch-screen tablets, and new programs for teaching reading and math, were among the many products unveiled at recent ed-tech conferences. Some curriculum software providers also highlighted new research to support the efficacy of their products.


Companies aim to help schools create digital learning environments

As more schools make the shift to a digital-based teaching and learning environment, a number of new products and services have emerged to help ease this transition.

Controlling costs a key selling point for ed-tech vendors

For many of the companies exhibiting at recent ed-tech conferences, a key selling point was how their software or services could help schools save money during a tough economy.


A growing trend in school AV solutions: Convergence

School audio-visual solutions seem to be converging, with major suppliers of AV products releasing their own versions of solutions offered by competitors in an effort to keep pace. Interactive whiteboard makers are releasing projectors, and projector makers are releasing student response systems—making nearly every supplier a one-stop shop for a wide range of presentation tools.

Technology helps manage teacher quality initiatives

Across the country, states and school districts are grappling with how best to evaluate teachers and administrators in a way that is rigorous, yet fair—and gives them opportunities to grow professionally. Here’s how technology can help.


New software facilitates assessment and data management

During recent ed-tech conferences, a number of companies introduced software intended to make assessment and data management easier for schools.

Online tutoring, speech therapy among new eLearning solutions

New options for online tutoring and speech therapy are among the latest eLearning solutions introduced during recent ed-tech trade shows.



Index of ed-tech providers

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