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.

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.

Elgato keeps up the innovation with plug-in TV for iPads. Hugh John reports
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD driveGiven Elgato’s longstanding affinity with Apple you wouldn’t have bet against them being one of the first companies to produce hard drives using Thunderbolt connectors (Apple’s new superfast standard for file transfer rates).

At the Digital Summer PR event (see "Digital Summer hot for latest gizmos") there was considerable interest in the new Elgato Thunderbolt SSD external hard drives featuring Thunderbolt.

Power loss is the biggest bugbear for users of digital devices – but not when you have a mophie
Mophie juice pack powerstation PROSmart they might increasingly be, but the current crop of smartphones isn't feted for staying power. The most you are likely to get on one battery is one day, if that. And some phone makers won’t even allow you to a spare battery.

That's why, for those who need to be connected 24/7, a recharge device like the mophie juice pack powerstation PRO (pictured) can be a lifesaver.

Google's Chromebooks hold advantages for schools, but are they getting the message?
Schools wanting to purchase class sets of Google’s low-cost Chromebook laptops have just one day to register and qualify for a free charger trolley worth £1,700. The offer runs out at the start of September.

Chromebooks, which operate on wireless networks, have the potential to make huge savings on schools’ ICT bills. Thirty Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks plus a charging trolley and the Chrome Management Console cost a school £7,980 (£266 each).