I love my smart pen. It is a pen that records what you say as you are writing. Here is a link so you can see one of my pen casts.
And here is a link to the livescribe website that sells smart pens.
One of the reasons I love the smart pen is how affordable it is. Perhaps your school district can't afford iPad, or laptops, or whatever. But I bet they could swing for a smart pen.
Currently I use the pen casts for my flashback days, which I wrote briefly about in this post. Those prescribed set of problems that students need to do in order reassess are sometimes preceded by a pen cast that reteaches the outcomes. It also works out well for absent students.
Another way I have used the pen casts, is to create a lesson for when I am out of the classroom. The substitute instructs the students to get a laptop and get busy.
Note - Do yourself a favor and buy a classroom set of earbuds. I found some for a $1 each at my local dollar store.
This year I am going to have the students create pen casts. One student at a time will be the note-taker of the day and will be required to take complete, accurate, and neat notes during class. That evening he/she will create a pen cast from those notes. I will upload the pen cast to my class website.
If you go to the livescribe website, there is a tab for education which may have more ideas for using the smart pen in the classroom. Happy Pencasting!!