Ivanhoe Grammar School
Enhancing education through wireless-enabled projectors
Established in 1915, Ivanhoe Grammar School is a multi-campus, co-educational independent Anglican school with a proud tradition of academic, sporting and personal success. One of the school's strengths is that it takes full advantage of modern technology - with an emphasis on wireless - for teaching and learning applications. Playing a major role in this is the increasing use of wireless-enabled Epson projectors.
"All of our students in Years 5 through to 12 have notebook computers, which they use right across the entire curriculum. Whether they are in a class or in the grounds, they have the ability to log on wirelessly to the network and access resources such as the Internet and the school's intranet."
Flexible and secure networking a definite "must have"
Reliability crucial to confidence
"Later this year , we're hosting an education conference with around 500 delegates attending from all around the world," Ross says. "Rather than going through the hassle - and expense - of laying out cabling for the two projectors we'll be using, I'll simply be plugging in wireless network cards and controlling them via my notebook."
It is during that conference also that Ross will be taking advantage of one of the EMP-835's Epson EasyMP technologies, which supports simultaneous wireless connection of up to four projectors. With this feature, Ross will be broadcasting a single file out to multiple projectors located around the school's auditorium. Supporting the high image quality in this wireless environment is the EMP-835's Epson NS Connection software; data compression and decompression for computer to projector applications.
At an administration level, the advanced networking technologies of the EMP-835 have significantly reduced the time and effort Ross would normally spend in problem identification and resolution. "Each of the EMP-835s has been configured for automatic e-mail notification if a problem occurs," he says. "With this, rather than getting a message from a teacher that 'something' has gone wrong with their projector, the projector itself sends out an e-mail that contains details of what the problem actually is. The result...a much quicker problem resolution process and less impact on the class."
Multi-level security keeps hackers at bay
"When our students attend a class in which they will be using their notebooks to control a projector, the teacher will provide them with a password specific to that lesson," Ross says. "At the completion of the lesson, the projector is turned off and that password is immediately invalid, with a new one randomly generated by the EMP-835 the next time it is turned on."
That application of password protection is achieved by utilising the Power On Protect function, one of three password protect functions built in to the EMP-835 projector.
Given the ever-present possibility of a projector being accidentally left on after a lesson, Ross is able to safeguard the projectors by taking advantage of another password protect function - Timer Protect. "With the Timer Protect function, it's a simple operation to set each projector to generate a new password after a specified amount of time has elapsed," he says. "Of course, added to this, is that I can access each of the projectors over the wireless network and remotely shut them down if I know they're not currently being used."
Cutting through the ambient lighting
Adding even further to the EMP-835's suitability for the school is its project screen capabilities, which can go as high as 300-inches. "In most of our installations, we have the projectors set for a 120-inch screen," Ross says. "To do this, we have them set a fair way back, so this is another area in which their brightness is of particular benefit.
"When you combine distance and ambient lighting, it takes a powerful projector to deliver the best image quality."
"We have a policy that if we're happy with the technology we use, we won't change unless absolutely necessary. So for us, Epson appears to be the way forward."