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Moses Lake SD chooses Hitachi Software StarBoards

Moses Lake School District (WA) has selected Hitachi Software StarBoards for all grade level and subject curricula. The district, with the help of Troxell Communications, allocated over 100 Hitachi FXDUO 77 StarBoards along with the Hitachi CP A100 3LCD ultra
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Moses Lake School District (WA) has selected Hitachi Software StarBoards for all grade level and subject curricula. The district, with the help of Troxell Communications, allocated over 100 Hitachi FXDUO-77 StarBoards along with the Hitachi CP-A100 3LCD ultra-short-throw projector for its students.

Rick Rose, director of technology for the Moses Lake School District, explains that his team chose Hitachi based on its DUO technology and “all-in-one solution.” Fourth grade teacher Monica McAtee adds that the Starboard engages her students and makes her lessons more efficient. McAtee also praises the usefulness of the Google search feature in giving students visual images of what they are studying.

The StarBoard is useful for a variety of subjects, and Moses Lake Middle School math teacher Mark Thompson has already found success—he says that with the StarBoard, he can “take any piece of material…manipulate it with the navigation tool and then make annotations.” This allows him to save his work and continue the lesson the next day, with the option of clearing notes.

In addition, Moses Lake has deployed the new StarBoard Software 9.0 for Mac on StarBoards in several classrooms. The district’s ultimate goal is to have this interactive technology in all classrooms. The district is dual-platform with 40 percent running on Macs, so StarBoard’s ability to work on multiple operating systems will ensure that all teachers get the same level of performance. 

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HITACHI

GENERAL-PURPOSE: Hitachi’s CP-WX410 ($1,499) is a 3,000-lumen, WXGA LCD projector with a 2,000- to 3,000-hour lamp life (regular versus whisper mode); its inputs include S-Video, composite, component and RGB. It has a 10-watt audio output.SHORT-THROW: The company’s CP-A100 ($2,495) extremely short-throw projector creates a 60-inch image from only 1.6 feet. It offers a brightness of 2,500 lumens, XGA resolution and S-Video, composite and component inputs.INEXPENSIVE: The CPX5 sells for between $600 and $650; it offers 2,500 lumens, XGA resolution and a lamp life of 2,000 to 3,000 hours.HIGH-DEFINITION: The high-end CP-SX635 (street price, about $4,000) has 4,000 lumens, 16-watt audio, HDMI input for high definition and a lamp life of 2,000 to 3,000 hours.

The Hitachi

The Hitachi (www.hitachi.com) CP-A52 3LCD projector offers ultrashort- throw capability, easy maintenance and the ability to project an 80-inch image from 25 inches away. This means that teachers no longer have to worry about obstructing the projected image when they stand in front of the screen. Additionally, there are no shadows to interfere with the image or any light in the presenter’s face. The CP-A52 also has a hybrid filter that requires maintenance only every 2,000 hours. The projector’s saving mode reduces power consumption to less than 5W by disabling RS-232C control except for power-on command, monitor-out and audio capability.