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.
Elizabeth Dourley — Oct 17, 2012
Epson has developed more than 30 “BrightLink Bright Spots” training videos to help teachers and technology trainers get to know intimately all the capabilities of EPSON® BrightLink ultra-short throw and short throw interactive projectors. The videos are free and accessed here. Some of the topics covered are connecting computers and document cameras as well as how to implement software like Easy Interactive Tools or the iProjection app.more
Elizabeth Dourley — Oct 10, 2012
It looks as if Epson has responded to the cry of educators the world over who cite the cost of classroom projector replacement lamps as the greatest downside to bringing a projector into the technology mix. They are now offering replacement lamps for several of their classroom projectors for $99 through their Brighter Futures® program for schools.more
Elizabeth Dourley — Sep 28, 2012
Haiku Deck is an iPad app that deserves some attention because of the noble mission of its creators. In their words on their website "We yearn for the fabled day when the words, “Let me just fire up this presentation,” ...fills an audience with eager anticipation instead of all-consuming dread." Truly, this is an app that should be installed on the iPads of any student or teacher displaying 21st Century skills in the 21st Century classroom.more
Elizabeth Dourley — Sep 4, 2012
Kinect was launched over a year ago with the intention of augmenting Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming consoles by allowing users to to control and participate in games using only gestures, body movements or voice commands. What Microsoft likely never envisioned was the wide swath of people and industries that have taken a strong interest in Kinect for purposes far greater than achieving gaming perfection.more
Elizabeth Dourley — May 17, 2012
Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group unveiled new Classroom and Conference Room 3LCD projectors: the CP-X2015WN, CP-WX2515WN CP-X2515WN, CP-X3015WN, CP-X4015WN and CP-WX3015WN.
The networking capability these models offer is important to schools and universities where multiple projectors are installed throughout buildings or over the whole campus. Hitachi's PJ Man software allows the tech guys to remotely monitor diagnostics including remaining lamp life so as to avoid classroom downtime.more
Elizabeth Dourley — Apr 18, 2012
It really does sound like quite a bang for the buck in the realm of classroom projectors. Last week, Epson announced the launch of its PowerLite X15 classroom projector with 3000 lumens of brightness and several convenient setup and operation features for the classroom not least of which are HDMI connectivity and "EasySlide" keystone correction technology.more
Elizabeth Dourley — Apr 10, 2012
I know from past blog posts that Pondering Pixel readers love news of contests and giveaways. It's no wonder. Classroom technology is expensive. Today, Casio today announced its Lamp Free Projector Sweepstakes and it is certainly worth your time to enter as there is an opportunity to win a Signature XJ-M255 projector.more
Elizabeth Dourley — Mar 15, 2012
Samsung Techwin wants to remind everyone of the March 31, 2012 deadline for its Fall SUPERHERO Competition. This yearlong competition which we announced last February here asks students to portray their favorite historical character on video. The winning student gets $500 and their class receives a SAMCAM 860 document camera--an important piece of classroom technology. The MSRP of the Samsung SAMCAM 860 is $799.more
Elizabeth Dourley — Feb 28, 2012
Microsoft's Research wing houses an infinite number of technology possibilities that will never come to market, primarily because of cost issues. I am fairly sure this one, called Illumishare will be different as its components are tried and true technologies already with us: a camera, projector, computer and Skype. As 21st Century classroom technology in the purest sense it will enable the walls of the traditional classroom to melt away alongside the walls that surround countries, cultures and concepts. The push for 21st Century skills acquisition is inspired by the emergence of technologies such as this that will demand we collaborate as citizens of the world rather than simply members of an office team.
Elizabeth Dourley — Feb 10, 2012
One of the highlights of my CES experience last month was a visit to the InFocus suite. There I got a sneak peek at products that reaffirmed my belief in this Northwest pioneer of the industry. Of specific interest on this visit, however, was not a projector but the Mondopad. As my regular readers will attest to, I’ve been ranting about the superfluous nature of pricey interactive whiteboards for a couple of years now—ever since Epson released its first interactive projector. The Mondopad takes that rant to new heights as it puts a lot of other classroom technology tools in the hot seat and positions itself to be the new brain center of any wired classroom replacing white boards, PCs, touch panels, cameras, and video conferencing unitsmore