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CHRISTIE DIGITAL

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.

CANON

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.

SCHOLASTIC’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The online Economic Recovery helps educators access up-to-date information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The information portal provides educators with FAQs about how the ARRA will directly affect their schools and districts, quick links to Web resources, programs and resources that align to funding for Title 1 and more.Price: free Category: economics

SMOOTHWALL

SmoothWall has released the latest version of its School Guardian Web filter. The key feature in the new version is SSL Interception, allowing organizations to control and monitor encrypted traffic. This will be welcome news to many IT staff, since 49 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds admit to using anonymizer tools like Ultrasurf and VTunnel to browse in secret.Price: Starting at $900. Category: Internet filtering

SONY

GENERAL-PURPOSE: Sony’s new VPL-TX7 and VPL-TX70 both offer closed-captioning capabilities, an RJ-45 port for network control and monitoring, as well as the ability to schedule e-mail notifications of projector status. A range of I/O includes two RGB inputs and a monitor output with one variable audio out. The TX7 lists for $1,090 and the TX70 for $1,230. While both have a 3,000-hour lamp life, the TX7 is 2,000 lumens, while the TX70 is 2,600.INEXPENSIVE: The VPL-ES7 offers native SVGA (800x600) resolution and light output of 2,000 lumens. It accepts a wide variety of input signals from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD), including composite video, S-Video and analog RGB/component via the HD D-sub 15-pin. The VPL-ES7 (shipping this month) has a list price of $750, but Sony says it should retail for about $529. Its lamp life ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 hours.HIGH-DEFINITION: Sony offers native HD projectors such as the VPL-FH300L (1,080) and VPL-FW300L, VPL-EW5, VPLCW125 and VPL-FW41 (720P). These range in price from about $1,000 to $40,000.

VIEWSONIC

GENERAL-PURPOSE: ViewSonic’s PJD6220 (list price, $1,199; street price, about $900) is a lightweight DLP projector utilizing BrilliantColor technology. Its high brightness and contrast ratios make it suitable for many lighting situations. This projector features closed captioning for the hearingimpaired.SHORT-THROW: ViewSonic PJD5351’s short-throw ratio produces a 50-inch image at a distance of three feet; it weighs just 5.1 pounds.HIGH-DEFINITION: The company’s Precision Pro8100 Home Theater projector delivers full 1,080p HD resolution, and a C2Fine liquid crystal panel and “HQV Hollywood Quality Video” processor produce crisp HD images.

Sharp PG-F255W

GENERAL-PURPOSE: The Sharp PG-F255W ($1,495) offers 2,500 lumens, WXGA 1,280x800 native resolution, RJ-45 LAN connectivity and built-in closed captioning. Its lamp life is 2,000 to 4,000 hours.SHORT-THROW: The Sharp PG-F267X ($2,100) short-throw DLP 2,500-lumen projector throws a 100-inch diagonal image that can be projected from a distance of 51.2 inches from the screen. Lamp life is 2,000 to 4,000 hours.HIGH-DEFINITION: The new DLP PG-D3750W ($2,650) projector features 3,700 lumens and a 2,200:1 contrast ratio. It offers Wide XGA (WXGA) resolution (1,280x800). The PG-D3750W includes an HDMI connection, RGB and component inputs, S-video, composite video and stereo audio (five watts per channel). Lamp life is 2,000 to 3,000 hours.

Promethean ACTIVBoard in NY

District: ODESSAMONTOUR CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Odessa, NY; an 851-student districtType Of Whiteboard: Promethean ACTIVBoard (the 78-inch ACTIVboard is $1,795), www.prometheanworld.comWhy whiteboards?The district wanted to build 21st-century classrooms that included projectors and sound. Technology director Myron Rumsey says, “Whiteboards speak to every learning style.”We chose these whiteboards because ...“Promethean’s integrated solution was what we were looking for,” says Rumsey. “The company is focused on educators and listens to teachers.” Rumsey liked that regional consultants work with teachers free. “For a small district, that’s fantastic.”What do you like about the whiteboards?“With whiteboards, teachers have all the tools they need,” says Rumsey. “The whiteboards can adapt to it—even if they change their lessons on the fly.”What don’t you like about the whiteboards?“Like any technology, some teachers have a steeper learning curve and can get frustrated.”Have teachers integrated the whiteboards successfully?“Some teachers use them all day long. Our most seasoned teacher, who has been here 35 years, told me that last year was the most exciting year she’d ever had.”Any advice for schools that are considering whiteboards?“We asked teachers to tell us why they wanted one and how they’d use it. A year later, they showed the rest of the teachers what they were doing. That’s the culture you have to create.”