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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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

Classroom Furniture Imitates Life

Identifying trends enables foresight. Sometimes those trends appear in obscure places and people don’t make the connection. For example, in education circles, what’s to be learned by looking at the kind of classroom furniture being manufactured these days? I think it is something significant.

Perhaps it is best to first consider that US colleges and universities,the ultimate destination of many of many K-12 students, are now seeking to "host the discussion" rather than simply house the genius. In other words, they want to be the facilitators of innovation. It takes student collaboration to achieve this.The ability to work successfully in groups is a 21st Century skill and is not innate simply because we're human.more

Raising the Banner for AV Efficiency

It was announced today that Casio America and Crestron Electronics have partnered so that users will have with help desk management, remote monitoring, and control of networked AV devices.

As partners, Casio is able to include Crestron's RoomView Connected software in their USB and LAN capable projectors making them compatible with Crestron's RoomView Express.more

Mitsubishi adds to Classroom Projector Lineup

Mitsubishi recently announced its contribution to the classroom projector release season with the wide-screen WXGA WD570U. Widescreen is important for a lot of new classroom applications and hi def video. Since the projector has LAN display, four computers can be connected to the device at the same time to divide the screen into fourths in support of a move toward more collaborative learning in the classroom. With its 3500 lumen output and 3000:1 contrast ratio, I don’t see this projector being limited to the classroom—it should find solid footing in the business market as well. We look forward to receiving a product sample and reviewing this projector in the coming weeks.

Two New NEC Classroom Projector Offerings

It is the season of new classroom projector releases and NEC announced two new models—entry level mobile projectors both of which are less that $600 MSRP. The NEC V260X and the V260 are 2600 lumen DLP’s with a contrast ratio of 2000:1. The former has an XGA native resolution and the latter, SVGA.more

Classroom Projector Donor/Recipient Connection Service

With millions of monthly site visitors coming to Projector Central to research projectors before they buy, it is logical to think many are here to upgrade from an existing projector. Creating a locator service like our Classroom Projector Donor Center was simply the right thing to do. The free service connects businesses and individuals who wish to donate their older projectors with schools in their area seeking projectors to augment their lessons.more

The Most Searched Classroom Projectors

Aside from the Feature Search utility that I discussed in my previous post, another way to identify the best classroom projectors is to see where all the buzz out there is leading those with a quest similar to yours.more

Interactive Projectors Part Deux

I am predicting that interactive whiteboard company executives the world over are sweating profusely right about now. When you read Marc Davidson's review of the new 3M "Simply Interactive" projector module, you'll begin to understand why.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