The Pondering Pixel

A close-up wide angled but abridged look at projectors and other classroom technology, product reviews and releases, tradeshows, debates and conspiracy theories as well as humble observations on schools and screens.

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Bretford Revisited

Classroom technology shoppers can win a free room of classroom technology furniture for 30 students and professionals simply by entering the “Oldest Product” video competition by Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. Bretford’s been around for decades and chances are when you were in school, you had Bretford products in your learning environment.

To participate, entrants must create and submit a video showing their oldest Bretford furniture product still in use today. I know for a fact there are plenty of 1960's Bretford AV carts laden with shared classroom projectors and document cameras rolling in the halls of schools across the country. What else is out there?more

Samsung Techwin Announces Contest Winners

Seven kids from across the country each earned $1000 for essays they wrote answering the question "Is technology a good investment for schools? Why or why not?” The papers were judged on original thinking, relevance to the real world, and writing quality.more

3D in the Classroom's Alive and Content's Afoot

3D entertainment is very cool. 3D sports, even cooler. But my exuberance for 3D projectors in the classroom knows no bounds. Beginning right around this time last year 3D exploded onto the scene and I got teary with thoughts of how it could revolutionize learning—especially for extreme visual learners in both the special education arena as well as in the mainstream whose needs and skills are often overlooked or unrecognized causing untold detriment to the student’s psyche.more

Making it Real

I read a great post by Erik Palmer in the ASCD Edge Network Community for educators with the heading "10 years in and still not with it." It was a simple post written by a teacher attending a conference and confronted with a speaker discussing 21st Century education. I chuckled at his cynicism and guessed it has been honed over a decade of attending such lectures where teachers are shown “cool new tools and barraged with lists of cool websites” but where nothing is achieved because attendees are “buried” in information.more

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