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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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

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

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

Win a Free "Lamp Free" Casio Projector

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

Deadline for Samsung's Superhero Video Competition Approaching

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

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

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

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

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