Drew Buddie had been trying to get a grip of his iPad. He finally achieved it with the Octa Monkey Tail
Octa Monkey TailiPads have become almost omnipresent in school classrooms. From running apps to recording video and audio, they are used by teachers in a plethora of ways in order to aid teaching and learning.

However, I have often felt that there is an largely underused feature of an iPad that could make it even more indispensable to teachers: the built-in camera means that under the proper circumstances it could easily be used as a visualiser. But that needs a good grip or stand.

Dressing up iPad is a popular pursuit. Hugh John tries an STM Dux for size
STM DuxHow many cases? The first iPad came out in April 2010 and since then it’s anyone’s guess how many different cases have been manufactured, many of them based on Apple’s own Origami design. To mention but a few, we’ve had the Octa suction cup, the Mophie rigid aluminium, the waterproof, the built in bluetooth keyboard, ruggedised... you can spend from under a fiver to, wait for it, more than £4,000!

Now STM, well regarded maker of laptop bags has weighed in with its Dux range of cases for iPads (pictured right). There’s a Dux case for all but the original iPad.

Mobile technology keeps getting better – and for sharing too, writes Hugh John 

Kingston MobileLiteMobileLite is not the first wi-fi storage device for sharing data that Kingston has brought to market. – the Wi-Drive, a flash memory unit which remains popular – but it could well be its most successful yet in terms of usefulness and affordability.

Shorter and narrower than a regular smartphone but significantly thicker, this device is not going to rival the svelte Wi-Drive in the looks department but the squat plastic case in muted silver and black livery houses some impressive Wi-Fi technology that creates a local wireless hotspot which can be accessed by Android Apple and Windows devices. And Android and iOS users get their own app to make it even easier.

'PowerDVD' is much more than a free, bundled video player, and now it's helping users into the cloud. Hugh John reports
We’re all pleased to find free, bundled software, and the rise of the internet, tablets and apps has conditioned us to expect something for nothing. A huge number of free apps on the Android, Windows and iOS platforms perform exceptionally well. There is, however, a down side.

Few question the worth of large market leading programs – take a bow Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite – but there’s a reluctance to shell out for applications that come in the middle price range. For graphics and media editing this would include companies like Corel and Cyberlink, both of whom produce excellent software but somehow exist in the shadows cast by the giants. So why not step out from the shadows and into the cloud?

Careful forethought brings valuable options for Dell's new tablet, the Venue 11
Sell Venue 11 ProOptions: the Dell Venue Pro 11 with keyboard, dock and stylusIt was about time Apple's iPad was given a run for its money. Yes, Android tablets have made an impact, providing a credible alternative, but those with an investment in Microsoft technology faced the prospect of a forced mixed economy until Microsoft's Surface came over the hill last year.

At the BETT 2014 educational technology show in January the range of choices was reassuring. One of the more appealing new Windows tablets was the Dell Venue 11 Pro. This was selected by schools supplier Joskos as a contender for customers looking for iPad alternatives because it has one of the best detachable keyboards available (there's also a dock for desktop use if needed)