Roamer was a long-time classroom favourite. Chris Drage welcomes its successor
Roamer-TooThe reintroduction of programming in the ICT curriculum can be achieved far more effectively by integrating pedagogy that we know works. Instead of focusing on programming games and on-screen applications, a far better approach is to combine the auditory, visual and kinaesthetic learning that hands-on control technology offers.

And a device which provides the perfect vehicle for doing just that for early years and primary school children is Roamer-Too. It can help struggling students or challenge the gifted and talented. It really is that versatile.

Read&Write Tutor screen

Pupils learning English need help to hand. That's the 'Read&Write Tutor' toolbar, writes Chris Pim 

Read&Write Tutor is a customisable toolbar that integrates with common 'office' software and Internet browsers, providing a variety of powerful tools to support the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The software offers tremendous potential for supporting learners of English as an additional language (EAL) who are at different levels in their acquisition of oracy and literacy.

They come with a smart pedigree – MIT – and Sifteo cubes did not disappoint John Galloway
Sifteo packSifteo cubes are clever new devices originating from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), a world leader in innovation: six little blocks, about 5cm square and 1cm deep (each with its own video screen) that work together to generate a whole host of activities for all sorts of ages, abilities and purposes.

For a start there are a number of logic puzzles, such as Chroma Lite which necessitates bringing the blocks together to pop bubbles of adjoining colours. While is sounds easy it gradually gets harder, especially as more cubes are introduced, but with fewer bubbles.

A road trip to Holland convinced Hugh John of the value of Elgato's mobile TV gadgets
TivizenElagto is on a roll. Its EyeTV mobile device topped the Sunday Times' Top Ten Gadgets of 2011, and it has just announced its first gaming product, the Elgato Game Capture HD (see bottom of page) for simple recording of sessions for gamers to share them on YouTube (some games channels record billions of hits!).

So it could be easy to miss Tivizen, a sleek, compact black box (think small pack of playing cards or iPod touch) is EyeTV’s sibling and can transform your iPad and iPhone into an on-the-hoof television set. It also works with desktop Macs and Windows PCs.

As Adobe launches CS6 and its cloud dazzlers, Hugh John looks at one of schools' best software deals 
Adobe's Kevin Lynch Adobe's global launch of its new Creative Cloud online service and Creative Suite 6 (CS6) software has turned many heads. There was genuine astonishment at the London demos (see videos below) with the realisation of what can be achieved on desktops and tablets with the new generation of application and apps.

In the rush to embrace the new, however, it would be foolish to overlook what remains one of the outstanding education resources and tremendous value for money into the bargain, namely the Adobe Digital Schools Collection.