Hugh John checks out the new SX535WD all-in-one that comes with an impressive price tag
epson sx535wdEpson’s reputation as a printer manufacturer was founded on quality; build quality and print quality. You might pay more for their printers – and significantly more for their cartridges – but when you compared the quality of Epson prints with those from other printers, well, the extra dosh was worth it.

Times change. In education, schools are cutting back on printing not just because of the huge cost of paper and cartridges but because images are increasingly being viewed on high-quality televisions, monitors and, more recently, tablets where Apple’s new iPad with retina display is setting the standard.

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.

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.

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.