LONG BEACH, Calif. – Nov. 16, 2016 – Both educators and administrators at Des Moines Public Schools agreed students could benefit from technology-infused, student-centered learning. To enable teachers and their students to fully embrace digital content and to learn through collaboration, the district installed BrightLink® 595Wi interactive projectors from Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world. In approximately one year, Des Moines Public Schools successfully installed more than 2,100 units across its 65 schools.
“When we decided to upgrade our presentation solution, we mapped critical success factors and focused on a technology that integrated better with both the curriculum and our other technology,” said Dan Warren, Director of Technology Operations, Central Stores, and Printing Services at Des Moines Public Schools. “We looked at flat panels, but we chose the Epson BrightLink 595Wi because it was a clean, easy-to-use solution that both worked with our teaching and learning environment and with our infrastructure.”
BrightLinks Become Integral Part of New Classroom Design
The Epson BrightLink was an integral part of Hoover High School’s initiative to create new learning environments that challenged traditional classroom design after the school was awarded grant funds from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The funds were used to create three classrooms – a “redesigned learning environment” or RLE, an updated Project Lead the Way classroom, and a math classroom – that challenged traditional design and allowed the district to test the new designs for learning. These classrooms incorporated the BrightLink as part of the redesign.
The renovated classrooms reinforce the use of collaboration and technology. The RLE classroom offers multiple work spaces. Teachers and students can wirelessly project content from their devices to the BrightLink 595Wi and then use their fingers or interactive pens to annotate on that content – directly on the wall. The Project Lead the Way classroom is now a STEM “maker” space with computers, group desks, a 3D printer, and the BrightLink 595Wi. The instructor projects students’ designs through the interactive projector and annotates feedback and design improvements. In the updated math classroom, students use mobile desks for group work and the BrightLink 595Wi to learn new math concepts.
After using the BrightLink 595Wi in Hoover High School’s renovated rooms for a year, Des Moines Public Schools installed BrightLink 595Wi units throughout the entire high school. The following year, every classroom in the district had a BrightLink 595Wi. In addition, Des Moines Public Schools is planning to replicate Hoover High School’s highly-collaborative rooms in other schools.
“We are in the midst of an extensive renovation project,” said Warren. “In the last seven to eight years, we have touched every building in the district. When I look into classrooms, I see the projectors being used all day long and our teachers love that the BrightLinks are compatible with the interactive software they were already using. As new classrooms are added, we will continue to outfit them with Epson BrightLink projectors in order to give every student and teacher the best collaborative technology experience”
More about the BrightLink 595Wi
The Epson BrightLink 595Wi is the world's first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projector. The ultra-short throw BrightLink 595Wi delivers 3,300 lumens of color brightness and 3,300 lumens of white brightness1 and features advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, interactivity over the network, and more.
The BrightLink 595Wi is equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard enabling finger touch control and annotations. It supports gestures2, up to six fingers at the same time, and dual-pen support. The BrightLink 595Wi projector also gives teachers more control with the built-in Moderator device management software, allowing up to 50 computers, tablets and other handheld devices to be connected via the network for ultimate classroom collaboration.
More about Epson’s Projectors
Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times brighter colors than leading competitive projectors3. With the BrightLink 595Wi, convenient and advanced features for educators include:
- -BYOD Classrooms: Wirelessly share4 and compare students’ work from multiple devices, simultaneously, with Moderator device management software5
- -Epson iProjection™: Wirelessly project from an array of devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ tablets and smartphones using the free Epson iProjection app4
- -Extended Lamp Life: Lamps have extended life in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time; replacement lamps cost $49 through the Brighter Futures program, reducing total cost of ownership
- -3LCD Technology: Features the latest 3-chip 3LCD technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology also provides an energy-efficient light engine using available lamp light to create stunning images, and in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness6.
As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.
Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced interactive display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson projectors make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson’s unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that high quality, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.
Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance
The color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, teachers and students can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit http://www.colorlightoutput.com.
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1 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.
2 With Windows 7/8 or Mac OS X only.
3 Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. The projectors used by a third-party lab for measuring color brightness were leading Epson 3LCD business and education projectors and leading 1-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD sales data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research sales data for Q1 through Q3 2013.
4 For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specifications for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wireless connection. Not all Epson projectors are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See www.epson.com for details.
5 Moderator feature is part of EasyMP Multi-PC Projection software.
6 Data source: ProjectorCentral.com, Feb. 2015. Average of 1,420 shipping models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage per lumen. It was measured for both 3LCD and 1-chip projectors in each of six brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per lumen in each of the six segments.
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