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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Posts by author Elizabeth Dourley:

New Epson Classroom Projectors Answer Changing Classroom Technology Needs

Look out for two projector series from Epson designed for the K-12 classroom. The Epson® PowerLite® S17, X17, and W17 are said to be bright, easy to use and affordable even with HDMI connectivity and optional wireless connectivity. The other series includes the Epson PowerLite 97, 98, 99W, 955W, and 965 classroom projectors with advanced network connectivitymore

Acer Announces K520 Hybrid Laser-LED Projector

In a move certain to stir the interest of school technology specialists, Acer recently announced the release of its K520 hybrid laser-LED projector. Why is this a significant development? Well, this projector is part of the ever growing trend toward hybrid laser-LED technology. Schools use their classroom projectors throughout the day and throughout the school year. Lamp replacement costs eat into budgets. This new technology has an exceptionally long life span which impacts maintenance and lamp replacement costs.more

Will Keyboarding Become an Antiquated Skill?

All current discussions around classroom technology (interactive projectors, whiteboards, iPads, smartphones, clickers, document cameras, 3D projectors, electronic textbooks etc.) must at least touch on the future of the keyboard more specifically, keyboarding as part of high school and community college curricula nationwide.more

Casio Sweeptakes

I know everyone would love a chance to win a free Casio lamp free projector. This sweepstakes is only accessible via Facebook but because a classroom projector would be valuable to so many teachers out there I've decided to give it a plug. You'd actually be entering for a chance to win an Xbox console, with a Limited Edition Casio LampFree Projector, G-Shock watch & Gears of War: Judgment game. It's only on Facebook so enter here before March 31.

Scholarships Grants and Contests from Samsung

Samsung Techwin has announced some exciting programs for 2013
Calling them "‘Return on Intelligence’ Gift Programs," Samsung seeks to reward the use of digital technology in scholastic pursuits through grants, scholarships and it's "Superhero" competition. Two programs are for students, and the other is for teachers.more

Epson Interactive Projector Training Videos Available

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

Epson Offering $99 Classroom Projector Replacement Lamps

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

Haiku Deck and Presentation Creation

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

Microsoft Kinect in the Classroom

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

Hitachi Intros New Classroom/Conference Room 3LCD Projectors

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