Maximizing the benefits of an interactive education, Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) in Vancouver, Washington has utilized Hitachi Software StarBoard panels, wireless tablets and Hitachi projectors for an interactive education research project. For the 2006 school year, Troxell Communications installed Hitachi Software T-15XL interactive StarBoard panels, Freedom Tablets and Hitachi CP-RS56 projectors in districts throughout Southwest Washington as a part of this project.
Educational Service District 112 is a regional service agency that enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, ESD 112 provides more than 300 services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. In an effort to assist districts in developing replicable, sustainable models of technology integration, the ESD 112 Educational Technology Support Center chose to tie the use of Hitachi's interactive technologies to the nine research-based instructional strategies identified in the book Classroom Instruction That Works (ASCD, 2001).
Entitled the "Sustainable Classroom Grant Project," the main objective is to develop a learning environment that utilizes technology for research-based instructional strategies, which directly impacts a student's learning experience. Identifying the most valued technology solutions in a classroom, program director Debbie Tschirgi outlined an accompanying equipment program with the goal of creating a replicable classroom model of technology integration that stands the test of time, both technologically and instructionally.
"The T-15XL panels and CP-RS56 projectors fit perfectly in the technology strategy of the Sustainable Classroom Grant Project," commented Ms. Tschirgi. "The interactive presentation products we use are key to the success of the project, as teachers specifically use lessons that lend themselves to these interactive technologies and strategies. Without their feature-packed performance and reliable operation, the program wouldn't have the same level of success."
ESD 112 monitors teacher adoption of the technologies as well as educational progress of the students, through an ongoing in-depth study of one strategy at a time. The first year included 10 pilot teachers and received such a positive response that the second year included 59 responding teachers. In its second year, all schools in the region are eligible for the grant by simply submitting an application packet.