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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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

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

Pico Projectors on a Mission

Once again I am happy to report on the successful use of pico projectors as teaching tools. In this case, Optoma pico projectors are one component of a custom built backpack from Renew World Outreach, a company that provides teaching tools to missionaries in the field. Co founder David Palusky utilized his engineering prowess to create these AV kits which contain compact equipment that can run off of solar powered batteries.more

Pico Projectors and Rural Health Education

There is nothing as satisfying as when multiple interests converge to create something new and exciting. As our resident pico projector cheerleader, my passion for the potential use scenarios of these handheld projectors led me to offer one as a solution to obstacles faced by an organization near and dear to my heart,Pre-vent.org as their Chairman surveyed programs in Africa and Guatemala.

A little background is in order.more

Pico Projectors and the Psychological Edge

If you have not yet checked out Evan Powell's excellent post on pico projectors read it here. While he primarily talks about an intimate sales scenario, the psychological component he discussed was highly applicable to the classroom environment.more

Pico Projectors Get a League of their Own

I’m excited to see many experts turning their attention to the needs of picture thinkers. I’ve even seen business reporters discussing education technology using terms like “visual learners” to talk about the solutions offered by the display industry. I for one have been following the evolution of pico projectors for the past two years and often grumbled when these devices were unfairly dismissed by many in my industry.more

Visual Learners Will Have Their Day

In the Tri City Herald a few days ago, there was an article about a middle school math teacher Jeremiah Robinson, in my home state of Washington, who has developed a tool for teaching math to visual learners. Having struggled with mathematical concepts himself and understanding that by the time a child reaches eighth grade they often unjustifiably label themselves as math incompetent, his simple tool speaks to many and has resulted in increased test scores among his students, and perhaps more importantly, a renewed sense of confidence in children who may have otherwise been lost.more

Classroom Technology Yay Nay or Maybe

It is fascinating for me to watch the myriad ways teachers are incorporating various forms of technology into their daily lessons, as well as to hear the reasoning behind those who maintain a more conservative approach.more

Picos and PECS

Technology has been enhancing lives of those with developmental disabilities for years. For this reason, I’m very surprised by the fact that as far as I can tell, the use of varied technology with children on the Autistic spectrum is quite limited-especially when a great number of Autistic children possess an uncanny attraction to technology.As such, it should become a priority to introduce and develop technology to increase or improve the skills needed for their daily independent functioning. This can include helping them with expressive communication, social interaction, attention, organization among others.more

InfoComm Observations-Focus on Education

InfoComm 2009
Unlike the Consumer Electronics Show, where the wow factor dominates and there are new gadgets galore all tailored to the lucrative consumer market, InfoComm focuses on the technology solutions required to build audio visual and information communications systems. So the showroom floor is packed with companies offering new solutions for display and projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, collaborative conferencing and telepresence, networking, signal distribution and digital content creation. They feature products for corporations and small businesses, schools and universities, as well as the religious institution market.more