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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NEC Announces New Software for Projector-iPad Use in Classrooms

NEC just announced a new software application designed to work with projectors and intended to capitalize on the trend toward iPads in the classroom as well as corporate environments. The software allows for complete control of a PC or Mac via an iPad which is linked to a projector. Interaction with the iPad would be displayed in large format via the projector thus giving a teacher or businessperson greater flexibility to move about the room and interact with students or colleagues.more

IWB Exit...Stage Left

In an article earlier this week in her blog on tweenteacher.com, writer/teacher Heather Wolport Gawron addresses an issue I raised in my mind and in an earlier post of my own: Why would schools continue to spend money on a high priced interactive whiteboards (SMARTboard,Promethean or otherwise) in light of current trends and technology options?more

Casio Lamp-Free Projector Technology Contest for Schools

It would seem that your school's chances are as good as any as the Casio America Business Projector Division promotes their new short throw projectors via a free contest. Called the Casio Lamp-Free Projector Technology Grant, this is your school's chance to win a Mobile Classroom Package worth $12,500. The package includes a Casio Short Throw Projector, Casio Pen & Software, 30 pairs of Casio 3D active glasses and an AVRover Cart equipped with a 3D computer.The promotion is currently underway and ends October 31, 2011 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.more

Could the Apple Pico Projector Rumors be True?

There is just too much talk out there to ignore that Apple could be moving in the direction of embedding pico projectors in their phones, tablets and possibly as an accessory for their notebooks in order to enable sharing content between users.

Accoding to multiple sources including Cnet, a new patent application filed by Apple describes a system for projecting the contents of a screen onto a neaby surface and combining multiple projectors from any number of devices to create what they’ve named the “shared workspace.” Of note is the now substantiated rumor that Apple is indeed the domain owner of applepico.com.more

Optoma Neo-i Projector on the Ultimate Dorm Living Guide "Must Have" List

It is of note that a projector product we reviewed earlier this year has made the “must have" list in the 2nd annual Ultimate Dorm Living Guide 2011. Student Advisor.com publishes college-centric guides used by both students and parents and and is becoming a trusted advisor for “must have” products for back–to-school. Their guides are full of diverse product reviews of items college stdents might not even know they need to have. This year the Optoma Neo-i iPod and iPhone Dock Projector was not only included, but received the “Best of SA 2011” distinction, one of only fifteen products to achieve the honor.more

Two New Epson Projectors for Education and Business

Budget conscious businesses and universities will soon take note of two new projectors announced by Epson last week. The PowerLite 1880 and 1850W (W denoting widescreen) are bright, lower cost portables that still offer advanced functionality. Unfortunately, determining the value of that functionality it is not always easy for every projector shopper as user applications vary so widely.more

Teachers and Technology

T.H.E. Journal recently reported on an Illinois school district’s methods for infusing technology in the classroom. As is common knowledge, K-12 school districts nationwide are often challenged by some teachers accepting and incorporating the technology immediately with others failing to grasp the necessity and reverting to traditional methods.

The superindendent of Westville Illinois Community District II attributes his success to ongoing professional development as well as an IT based learning atmosphere.more

The Flipped Classroom

I am thrilled at all the chatter surrounding the so called “flipped” classroom. It is not a new concept. It was pioneered by two very forward thinking teachers in a rural school and actually predates YouTube and online video. However, it was highlighted at the recent ITSE Conference and new discussions have emerged in blogs and forums.more

Technology as a Language

CDW released a report today claiming that only 39 percent of students claim their technology needs are being met by their highschools. I was struck by a student quote which read “I don’t want to type things just to say I used technology, I want to be doing something I couldn’t do without it.” I’m not sure why but it was reminiscent of a discussion I had with a middle schooler not long ago when asking him about the projector/whiteboard combination present in all the classrooms of his upscale school district. He told me there was really no point...that it was all the same things only shown on a projector instead of written on a dry erase board.more

Flexible High-Tech Learning Space at Temple University

If you get a chance take a moment to read the case study and watch this video recently shared with me by Temple University. It involves the transformation of their Speakman Hall Room 200 into a high-tech meeting and events space.more