TOOLS FOR TEACHERS
The Osmo camera device was a highlight, combining initiative apps with physical stimuli.
Use your finger as a mouse and customize gestures to do specific tasks.
A truly unique wearable device, Bird, enables the wearer to interact with displayed images on any surface as if it were a touch screen, making the classroom into a 3D interactive workspace.
An interactive education system to leverage all multi-media and education resources.
PDT UK is the proud development partner of Talking Products, who featured new voice recording tools at this year's show. It was fantastic to see the response from teachers and the positive impact these devices have on children of all abilities.
Aftermarket case developers are continually pressed to keep pace with the evolution of the tablets themselves. Those winning in this sector are mindful of budget cutbacks and are collaborating with storage providers to ensure their cases can be used in multiple use-case scenarios. Roll over the products below to learn more about what we saw:
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Many of the cases on show wouldn't have been out of place at a military expo, which alludes to the abuse these devices can take in the classroom. As designers responding to this market we might consider styling which is motivated by the interaction and behaviour of children, and I would expect to see convergence of technology like the Osmo camera to enrich the learning experience.
Made with child-friendly, washable materials that are germ resistant and shock absorbent, Gripcase is delivering on the demands of little iPad users.
Bretford is making tablets accessible at eye level, keeping both hands free to touch and explore.
Engineered with 'cushioning ribs', uzbl claims high shock resistance with their tough-looking cases.
DOCK IT AND LOCK IT SOLUTIONS
Devices are a major capital expense for education facilities, so IT security and device theft are serious concerns. There's no shortage of manufacturers trying to answer the call for solutions. Roll over the products below to learn more about what we saw:
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Our engineers took note of the increased demand on space in the classroom, prompting the convergence of device storage, power supply, connectivity and security into compact, organized solutions. As devices become ever more affordable and battery technologies evolve, we wonder if there will be a shift away from mass storage controlled by teachers to an evolution of the student desk to meet device requirements.
Responsive audio-visual devices are certainly unlocking the potential for creative educational opportunities when combining smart applications with physical devices and/or stimuli. Roll over the products below to learn more about what we saw:
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When you think about it, it really makes sense that some unique technology solutions are launched in the education space; afterall, those learning via these advancements will be the next tech innovators. These smart apps, educational games and novel ways to interact with the digital and physical world are exciting the heck out of our User Experience and Software teams!
Griffin's MultiDock enables charging of just about any mobile device: tablets, phones and more.
The PowerSync+ Cart 40 has an appp that will send iPhone alerts when devices are charged and removed as well as enabling device configuration of the latest apps and settings for the organization.
This solution took style cues from a school locker and stores and charges up to 30 devices.
These 5-slot plastic device baskets charge and store a handful of devices. Nice for 'study outside' days.
K-12 science is changed forever with the Labdisc. 14 wireless sensors are built into the device, giving students an all-in-one, complete lab in the palm of their hands. The carrier charges, stores and secures the devices.
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