Jonathan Boyle gets acquainted with a new version  of an old classroom favourite – 'Camtasia'
CamtasiaI have to be honest. I just adore Camtasia Studio 8. In fact, I've enthused about all of the previous versions too. Over the 12 years we've been together this software has matured into a fabulous thoroughbred, pushing forward the frontiers of screen capture and ‘better than PowerPoint’ presentations.

You use Camtasia Studio to record what happens on your computer screen, and add narration and basically anything else you want it to incorporate for your high-impact presentations. But you are only as good as your last presentation and Camtasia has really helped to keep my presentations ahead of the rest.

Portable memory devices keep getting better. Hugh John reviews AirStash wireless flash drive

Heralded as, “the only wireless flash drive for your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and many other wireless smartphones, tablets and e-books” Maxell’s AirStash has a fulsome, perhaps extravagant billing to live up to, especially as it goes head to head with Kingston’s very successful Wi-Drive.

Both devices transfer data wirelessly and both use solid state drive technology but there are important differences which will probably determine which unit one opts for.

Teachers can download QuarkXpress 9, worth nearly £1,000, for free in new offer
QuarkXpress offerThere was a time when QuarkXpress was the page creation software program of choice for most of the publishing industry but was hardly known in schools. Since those days increased competition – particularly from Adobe with its compelling education discounts – has produced some very useful offers for schools and teachers.

Now QuarkXpress is available free of charge to all teachers as part of the QuarkXpress for Teachers scheme. And the good news is that the program is no longer just a tool for print; teachers can also use it to create publications for the web and for digital tablets like the iPad and ereaders like the Kindle.

Chris Drage uses Data Harvest's K'NEX control kit for an engaging STEM approach to programming
K'NEX controlThe government is changing what children learn about computers following a successful campaign that established the importance of basic programming skills for the future. This has to be built on practical hands-on tasks that will include children making games and controlling robots.

Although laudable, as we discovered in the early 1980s few students go on to use their programming skill to a higher level. Many drop by the wayside. Programming in school is  not a new phenomenon. Arguably a better medium for learning control is via control technology: programming real models in the real world. At least in this context there is something concrete and tangible to learn about and understand.

In a tech world cursed by proprietary connectors, iLuv brings added value. Hugh John reports
Established in 2006, iLuv has rapidly become a major accessory provider for Apple mobile devices. At the launch of its new product range earlier this summer the company also unveiled an additional range of Samsung-friendly products.

Cases, cables, protective film, headphones, wall chargers, car chargers, ‘juice’ packs, docking stations, it’s a comprehensive list to embrace most mobile users’ needs and those of the education community too.