GENERAL-PURPOSE: Dukane’s model 8755J ($795) features 16-watt audio and a lamp life of up to 6,000 hours (when using the company’s “whisper” mode). It is a 2,200-lumen device featuring XGA resolution, inputs for component, S-Video, composite and RGB signals and digital keystone correction.SHORT-THROW: The 8763A ($1,595) is a moderate short-throw projector (throw ratio 1.0 to 1.2) used for schools. The 2,500- lumen projector offers XGA resolution, a lamp life of up to 3,000 hours and inputs for S-Video, composite, DVI and RGB.HIGH-DEFINITION: The 8303W ($1,345) high-definition (WXGA format) projector offers 2,500 lumens, a lamp life of up to 4,000 hours and inputs for S-Video, composite, RGB and DVI.
The Dukane ImagePro 8950P is an LCD data projector with selectable lenses, network control, and the ability to operate in a variety of installations. The projector offers six bayonet-style lens options, enabling users to choose the lens that best fits their needs in terms of throw range. Lenses range from the Ultra Short Throw Lens for projection as close at two feet to the Ultra Long Throw Lens, designed for clear projection in large halls. The 8950P is a bright (7,500 lumens) LCD projector that offers a filter life of 10,000 hours and is backed by a Dukane three-year warranty.
The Dukane ImagePro 8755j Data Projector (www.dukcorp.com/av) is light (7.7 pounds) and easy to install and delivers 5,000 hours of lamp life or 6,000 hours in whisper mode. The 8755J also includes handy front-loading filter access and a 5,000-hour high-performance filter. New performance features include whiteboard and blackboard modes, a 16-watt speaker and instant on and off. The 8755J offers audio passthrough, so the sound system may be used to play CDs on the PC when projector is off.
Disrict: CRESTVIEW ELEMENTARY Lubbock, TX; 830 K-5 studentsType Of Whiteboard: Dukane (the Dukane LB77S is $1,799), www.dukcorp.comWhy whiteboards?“We created a standard tech solution for all elementary schools,” says Denise Salmon, technology coordinator. “Whiteboards let the whole class interact with technology. Every student goes up to the board and is engaged.”We chose these whiteboards because ...“With Dukane, a small component operates the entire board. If there’s a problem, you just need to detach that component and attach a replacement. Also, students can actively manipulate it. Most other boards have a stylus; Dukane allows kids to use their fingers for tactile interaction.”What do you like about the whiteboards?“Teachers like the interactivity, and they can use so many programs. They love the immersion into the curriculum. I like that they didn’t require an extensive amount of training.”What don’t you like about the whiteboards?Salmon would love it if the boards had a way to disengage. “When a kid touches the board, the PC it’s connected to gets affected.”Have teachers integrated the whiteboards successfully?“Definitely,” says Salmon. “They are doing a great job of integrating them. Even our student teachers have embraced the technology and been able to use it with students. They love it.”Any advice for schools that are considering whiteboards?“Look at what functions and features you need. Put together a rubric to compare different boards. We didn’t just buy the first board. We want it to be standard in every school so that at the district level, maintenance is a no-brainer.”
The Lumens PS660 SXGA desktop visual presenter offers one-touch integrated audio and video recording and has an HDMI interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data. The presenter has a large capture area and includes HD resolution and the ability to store 240 images internally. Since the PS660 integrates with most interactive whiteboards, labeling images and saving lessons are no problem. Because it records to a standard SD memory card, teachers can save prerecorded lessons to play back at a later date. PROS: The presenter is fully integrated with interactive whiteboards and built-in audio and video recording. It records to a standard SD memory card and has a 15X optical zoom with auto focus at end of the zoom. The HDMI output, at 1,080p, allows direct connection to high-definition media sources with one cable. The software has TWAIN/WIA support for both PC and Mac. The large capture area has more than enough lighting. The controls are well labeled and easy to use. Recording (audio and video) is done with the touch of one button (the presenter does not have to record from an attached computer, as do many of its competitors).CONS: None.OVERALL IMPRESSION: The PS660 is a little pricier than some other visual presenters on the market, but its features make it worth the cost. An experienced user would make good use of the extended features, such as the HD output and recording to the SD memory card. Perhaps the PS660’s most impressive feature is its ability to perform both audio and video with one touch.www.mylumens.comPrice: List, $1,995; education, $1,499