After a shaky start with tablets, Toshiba is showing promise for schools
Toshiba AT100You have to respect the design statement on tablet connectivity Toshiba has made with its most recent Android tablet aimed at education – the AT100.

With more than a nod to the undying unease about the iPad's lock-down, Tosh has ensured that you can hook the AT100 to almost anything bar a toaster - and it's just £280 for schools.

2Simple beat Microsoft to the cloud, and Chris Drage is impressed by the result – Purple Mash
You have to hand it to 2Simple. This small UK creative software publisher has achieved a task that many bigger companies with massive resources have struggled with – made the treats, tricks and triumphs of its lauded 'hard disc' programs available to any teacher and learner using a web browser. It's risen to the cloud!

Welcome to the world of "apptivities" that is Purple Mash, 2Simple’s successful, cross-curricular online space. It's been built on the achievements of programs like 2DIY and the feedback from schools and users, and gives customers even more – to use at school and at home.

Hugh John finds some useful, inexpensive iLuv add-ons for his iPad2
iLuv keyboardiPad2 becomes laptop with £60 iLuv keyboardAmong the many tech-goodies on show at Santa's pre-Christmas grotto – also known as  the excellent Digital Winter Technology Fair – were two very useful products from iLuv, the successful accessory provider for all things mobile – and Apple.

The Professional case wtih Bluetooth keyboard (£60.99) is a boon for those limited by the iPad's on-screen keyboard, while the iLuv USB plug is a budget (£15) aid for charging and better mobility.

Zoostorm's Fizzbook netbook has Chris Drage in a spin
St Fintina's Post Primary School kids with their FizzbooksSt Fintina's Post Primary School, near Dublin: first in Ireland to adopt FizzbooksWhen is a netbook not a netbook? Answer: When it’s a Fizzbook Spin. No, not a Christmas cracker joke but a comment on a seriously good touch-tablet PC from Steljes which doubles as a netbook, touch-tablet and an e-reader. And it's on the shortlist for the 2012 Digital Device category of the BETT Awards.

Offering perhaps the best of all worlds for primary pupils, the Fizzbook Spin can be used in tablet mode where pupils use their fingers or a stylus for the touch-screen, or in traditional netbook mode where they type and use the touch-pad as they would with any netbook. So how does the Fizzbook Spin shape up?

Visualisers are cutting their cables. Chris Drage welcomes the award-winning Lumens Ladibug DC120
Lumens Ladibug DC120 Wireless Digital Visual PresenterLumens Ladibug DC120 wireless visualiserDescribed as an "ultra-portable, high-definition document camera", the Lumens DC120 wireless version of its eponymous visualiser is "go-anywhere" technology for teachers. For the first time these devices offer real portability, and this opens up interesting and useful applications for teachers and learners.

The Lumens Ladibug DC120 Digital Visual Presenter was designed for teachers to use in schools and colleges. While visualisers are ideal for classrooms, especially when linked to Interactive whiteboards, until now they have not been truly portable, and this innovation won a 2012 BETT Award.