has introduced the new StarBoard FX-77GII, which has an electronic pen. The wireless, two-button pen device, included with the StarBoard, functions as a mouse that operates and annotates on the board. With 12 customizable function buttons, the FX-77GII is highly adaptable to the specific needs of each user and that user’s environment. It also comes with 500 new lessons.www.hitachi.com
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 (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.
CASITA CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND MATH Vista, CA; a 700-student K-5 magnet schoolType Of Whiteboard: Hitachi Starboard (the Hitachi FX DUO 77 is $1,999), www.starboard.hitachi-soft.comWhy whiteboards?“We’re a magnet school for science and technology, so we wanted technology that would be effective for teaching and for presentation,” says Scott Hill, district technology coordinator. The boards are part of an overall interactive classroom.We chose these whiteboards because ...“We liked that the Starboard does not possess any electronics, is not pressure sensitive, and doesn’t need a proprietary pen,” says Hill. “It seemed like it would be more durable in an elementary class. It also supports two users at once.”What do you like about the whiteboards?“For teachers in science, technology, and math, these boards are perfect. I’m a big proponent of whiteboards.”What don’t you like about the whiteboards?“A 4’1” student can’t use a wall-mounted board alongside a 5’10” teacher.”Have teachers integrated the whiteboards successfully?“It’s a home run. Our curriculum has simulations that are made for whiteboards. Right now, only our science and math teachers have them, but we hope to get them in all the classrooms soon.”Any advice for schools that are considering whiteboards?“Talk with the teachers and principal to know what they need. Then work with the business office to determine total cost of ownership. Do that analysis among all competing brands to make your decision.”
LargeSoftware has announced a price special that will provide customers a discount on the popular PC Tune-Up 2.0 software when combined with the purchase of the company’s Password Manager. The PC Tune-Up 2.0 product optimizes users’ computers and improves computer speed by up to 55 percent.Price: $29.95; PC tune-up added on for $9.95Category: utility
The Lewis Palmer School District in Monument, CO has selected Hitachi Software StarBoard interactive whiteboards to help develop educational programs, purchased through Troxell Communications. The district uses twenty four of the FXDUO 77 model StarBoards at the elementary and high
RM ePad (www.RMeducation.com) interactive slate comes bundled with RM Easiteach so teachers can create and deliver engaging lessons with all the interactivity of a whiteboard from the palm of their hand. The RM ePad works with PowerPoint, any Internet browser, and all other classroom software. The unique hand straps make it easy to carry the RM ePad, and text entry is simple with the built-in keyboard. The wireless RF technology allows for 60 feet of unhindered movement. The LCD panel monitors the pad and pen battery, which provides more than 40 hours of use on one charge.
announced the newest addition to its ResponseCard keypad product line, ResponseCard RF LCD. The new “clicker” device provides students with additional feedback during interactive polling via a small LCD screen. The LCD screen offers visual confirmation of selected response, channel setting, and battery life.www.turningtech nologies.com
allows administrators to transfer student-information-system (SIS) data to a handheld device. Because data can be accessed from a handheld immediately, the information may be used for everyday discipline, student-conduct incidents and histories, emergency preparedness, and security. Each user is issued his or her own passkey, and data can be synchronized as often as needed.PROS: The Principalm+ transfers information without using a third-party server. The software transfers data to most handhelds, including smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones, and PDAs, and soon to Apple iPhones. Users can add customizable fields. The data-download sets can be customized, such as downloading just phone numbers and health information for a teacher going on a field trip.CONS: None.OVERALL EVALUATION: One of the biggest problems administrators have is that all the student data we collect are never where we need them when we need them. Principalm+ solves this problem. Administrators can use Principalm+ to check the discipline record of a student at the site of an incident rather than having to wait until they get back to the office. They can look up a locker combination on the spot, or even a parent’s phone number. This type of application is long overdue.www.discoverysoftware.comRetail price: Based on per-student, per-module model.