GENERAL-PURPOSE: The Christie LX500 ($6,495) is a 5,000-lumen XGA (1,024x768) projector with a choice of four optional lenses, motorized lens shift and focus and a 3,000-hour lamp life.SHORT-THROW: The Christie LW400 ($5,495), with the optional 0.8:1 fixed short lens, can project a five-foot image from four feet away. It is a WXGA (1,280x800), 4,000-lumen projector with a lamp life of up to 3,000 hours in eco mode.HIGH-DEFINITION: The Christie HD405 ($24,495) is a 4,100-lumen DLP projector with native 1,080p HD (1,920x1,080) resolution. It offers a range of six optional lenses with vertical and horizontal lens shift. It accepts inputs of VGA through UXGA (1,600x1,200) and supports standard HDTV formats of up to 1,080i.
GENERAL-PURPOSE: Canon’s new LV-8300 ($1,099) LCD Multimedia Projector provides 3,000 lumens, WXGA native resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:10, which allows it to support data and images from wide-screen notebooks and desktop computers in WXGA-resolution computers in their native format, making compression distortion unnecessary. Its lamp life is up to 4,000 hours.SHORT-THROW: The LV-8300 projects an 80-inch image from 7.5 feet.HIGH-DEFINITION: Canon’s three new LV-Series projectors also support Blu-ray and DVD players; the DVI-I interface ensures a digital connection that supports HDCP and high-definition content. (HD signals supported include 1,080i and 720p.) The LV-7375 ($1,499) offers 3,500 lumens and a lamp life of up to 4,000 hours.
Ginger Software, a program for spelling and grammar correction, now works with Internet Explorer. In addition, the new version of Ginger is more accessible, providing customizable interface settings and progress reporting to track mistakes and illustrate student progress. Students can change display attributes such as background color and font style to complement their abilities and preferences. Price: Subscriptions start at $145 for three workstations, with volume and multiple-year subscription discounts available.Category: language arts, assistive tech
Vernier Software & Technology (www.vernier.com) has updated its SpectroVis Plus, an diode array spectrophotometer. The updated SpectroVis Plus has an improved range of 350 to 950 nanometers, enhanced optical resolution, and new support for fluorescence, all for hundreds of dollars less than traditional spectrometers. This sensor is ideal for high school and higher-education chemistry and biology classes and can be used with either a computer or a LabQuest interface.
The CP-D10+FX-77GII Bundle (www.hitachi.com), named the Stimulus Bundle, combines the Hitachi CP-D10 short-throw projector, the Hitachi StarBoard FX-77GII 77-inch interactive whiteboard, and a custom-designed Premier Mounts wall mount. When the CP-D10 is mounted on the wall arm, its short-throw capability reduces the shadow cast by the presenter on the FX- 77GII and offers a better viewing experience. The FX-77GII has all the capabilities that have been revolutionized by Hitachi but includes interaction, which is enabled by the use of an electronic pen. The wireless two-button pen device, included with the StarBoard, functions as a mouse that operates and annotates on the board.
Sharp (www.sharpusa.com) has entered the 3D presentation market with the introduction of six 3D Ready DLP BrilliantColor professional projectors, which offer excellent 3D projection from a single projector. These projectors offer 3D support with both 60 Hz and 120 Hz XGA (1,024 x 768) and SVGA (800 x 600) sources. All six models provide analog RGB and component inputs, S-video, and composite video, as well as RGB loop-through, an RS-232C port, and a USB input for mouse control. The projectors also offer 10-watt stereo audio on the PGD45X3D and PG-D40W3D and seven watts on the other models in the lineup. The projectors also have a built-in network connection.
eBlaster 2010 is SpectorSoft’s latest update of its remote monitoring software. The product is available for PCs and Macs and incorporates enhanced activity recorders that ensure that all PC and Internet activity is captured. In addition, the new version of eBlaster is compatible with Windows 7 and includes the Ultimate Care customer-support program. The software automatically records emails, chats, instant messages, Web sites visited, programs run, keystrokes typed, and more. Price: $99.95Category: Internet monitoring
The Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z is a an all-in-one computer with a small 70% footprint that separates CPU and display, starts up in 35 seconds and is only 2.4 inches thick with a 19 inch display. A highdefinition Web camera and 6 USB ports make this a great product for the high-tech classroom. Teachers concerned about the cost will appreciate the computer’s 5 Star Energy Rating, saving users about $65 per year over previous Lenovo desktops.PROS: The small footprint of this computer allows more computers to fit into the same classroom space than other machines.CONS: Since the computer is an all-in-one product, having one part break renders the entire machine down for repairs. The computer uses wireless keyboards and mice, so teachers need to ensure that frequencies do not cross in a lab setting. (But there are models that do come with wired keyboard and mouse.)OVERALL EVALUATION: The small footprint, the low prices, the HD picture, the wireless mouse and keyboard all make this machine too good of a value to pass up.www.lenovo.com Retail price: Starting at $499—Joe Huber
The Web-based Focus on Individual Needs and Development (FIND) automatically links assessment results to targeted activities in the Classworks K-12 instructional software. It provides educators with a multifaceted approach to gathering student data. It also offers a comprehensive item bank that gives educators the flexibility to design their own tests. Price: Contact company for pricing.Category: assessment