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Our visit to BETT 2012 was well worth the trip down to London. Amongst the usual favourite
brand manufacturers’ stands, we found some exciting new technology and audio visual products
for education.
TEACHING TECHNOLOGY
EDITOR
Linda Adams
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There are now more projectors that are 3D Ready, so even if your school isn’t yet ready to
embrace 3D learning, it does future-proof your investment. Also on the projector front were
models that use long-life lamps to provide energy and cost savings. Casio showcased its
range of projectors with laser and LED hybrid light source. These give you up to 20,000 hours
performance, which based on 220 days a year, 6 hours a day would last up to 15 years of
classroom use. Other manufacturers such as BenQ launched their energy saving projectors.
Using SmartEco, these smarter lamp-free projectors use up to 90% less light source power
consumption.
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Allthough interactive whiteboards have been around for a number of years now, we are now
seeing interactive projectors. These allow you to project onto a dry-erase whiteboard or plain
white wall and then annotate over your presentations using an interactive pen. Schools that have
replaced their dry-erase whiteboards may wish to make use of these again. eBeam, mimio and
Hitachi all displayed their devices that allow you to annotate over projected images using their
interactive pen and software. You can see a small selection of new technology in our BETT 2012
review on pages 22-23.
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CONTENTS
14 3D for education
04 3M Simply Interactive projectors
utilise dry-wipe whiteboards
18 LG - A triple win for London’s Waltham
Forest College
05 Epson throw distance calculator
Wedgwood
AV Limited
06 NEC 3D research is compelling
19 LG network monitors
20 eInstruction collaborative learning
All information, models and prices are
accurate to the best of our knowledge, at
the time of writing and are intended as a
guideline only. You are advised to consult
individual manufacturers specification
sheets on interested products.
08 Using 3D to teach and improve scores
09 Long-life lamps provide energy and
cost savings
21 Unicol media cabinet for VC teaching
Wedgwood AV Ltd is registered in England
with registered number 3514877.
10 Prize winners
24 Bretford solution to laptop storage,
charging and transportation
Copyright 2011-2012 Wedgwood AV Ltd.
All rights reserved. Corporate names and
trademarks are the property of their respective
companies. Specifications subject to change
without notice.
11 New College Swindon wins Unicol
Powalift trolley
12 Repeat Signage draws praise from
Velo restaurant in London
22 BETT 2012 Review of new technology
26 Lumens visualise annotation without
a computer
28 Free prize draws for UK education
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PROJECTORS
3M Simply Interactive
projectors utilise
dry-wipe whiteboards
Where you have small classrooms
with only a very short distance in
which to project your image onto the
wall, the innovative 3M super close
projectors solve the problem for you.
3M have launched the SCP725 and
SCP725W Simply Interactive projector
systems which are upgrades of their
SCP716 models. The system allows
almost any plain wall to become an
interactive computer screen, and is
also tough, versatile and easy to use.
SCP725 Simply Interactive
Your school may already have interactive
whiteboards, but where you have
classrooms without these, you can
utilise almost any plain wall or a dry-wipe
whiteboard to become an interactive
computer screen.
When mounted just 40-inches from the
wall, it is capable of producing an image
of up to 80-inch diagonal.
The 3M Simply Interactive system
comprises an SCP725 or SCP725W
super close projector, a folding wall
mount, integrated 40W speakers and I/O
(input/output control unit) and SI Simply
Interactive module that gives you instant
interactivity. When not in use, you simply
fold the arm to the wall.
The upgraded models now give you more
brightness and enhanced features. The
SCP725, for example, has 2,000 ANSI
lumens brightness in normal mode and
powers up to 2,500 ANSI lumens or
reduces to 1,850 ANSI lumens in eco
mode. These degrees of brightness allow
you to adjust the brightness depending on
the material being projected for example,
you may need more brightness when
projecting spreadsheets and data, and
less brightness when showing videos.
The SCP725 projectors now have an
HDMI (high definition multimedia interface)
port built into the connection plate. This
HDMI port does not include audio and
is designed to connect direct to the
equipment without passing through the
I/O module.
3M SCP725 projectors are 3D Ready.
This feature lets you create a completely
immersive learning environment, where
the attention of your students is captured
and the information they learn is better
retained.
The 3D content market is rapidly growing
and now sometimes ‘dry’ subjects like
geography, science, history and maths
can come to life. You will need 3D Active
(shutter) glasses, 3D software and a
laptop or computer which is connected
to the SCP725/725W with a VGA cable.
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PROJECTORS
Epson throw
distance
calculator
The Epson Projection Distance Calculator is a
convenient tool for estimation only. It is not intended to
provide exact measurements.
http://support.epson-europe.com/TDC/ThrowDistanceCalculatorEN/
With so many projectors on the market,
it is diffiicult to decide which one is best
suited for your classroom.
Up to a few years ago, the ‘norm’
was to iinstall the projector on the
ceiling about 1 to 2 metres away from
the projection screen or whiteboard.
However, this caused Health & Safety
problems for teachers as the bright
projector light shone in their eyes.
Short-throw and ultra short-throw
projectors, wall mounted above the
whiteboard, solved this particular
problem. As projectors needed
replacing, many schools opted for the
ultra short-throw models.
These models are likely to prove popular
in small to medium sized classrooms,
but there is still a requirement for ceiling
mounted projectors in larger classrooms
or lecture theatres.
So how do you calculate which
projector throw distance you need?
width rather than the diagonal dimensions.
The diagonal obviously varies depending
on the screen aspect such as XGA, WXGA
and WUXGA.
The calculator also allows you to change
the aspect ratio to match your screen or
whiteboard, whether this be 4:3, 16:9 or
16:10.
Epson now provide a handy tool on their
website, the Epson Projection Distance
Calculator.
Epson’s range of projectorrs include 3D
Ready models, as well as interactive
projectors. Their interactive projectors
come with an interactive pen, to give
you control of applications, notes and
drawings, which can be saved during a
lesson. This means you do not need an
interactive whiteboard, and can make use
of any dry-wipe whiteboards that you may
have in school. For larger classrooms, you
can amplify your voice via a microphone
input and an in-built 12W speaker.
The Epson EB-460 ultra-short throw
projector and the EB-465i ultra shortthrow interactive projector, have a throw
distance of 0.37 - 0.50:1. Using Epson’s
projection distance calculator, it shows you
a side view and front view of the projector
mounted on the wall. You then enter in
either the width, the height or the diagonal
inch of your screen or whiteboard, and it
automatically adjusts the size of the image
of the screen, so that you can see how it
will look in your classroom.
Additional measurements are provided on
the calculator. You can input your ceiling
height and it will then give you the top of
the image area to the ceiling.
Epson give you 3 year on-site and 3 year
lamp warranty for education. Should your
projector go wrong, you do not have the
hassle of having to remove it from the
ceiling or wall and reinstall it after repair.
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An easy way is as follows: Measure the
projection distance (throw) from where
you want to install your projector to the
screen, for example, 2.5m (250cm).
Divide this by the width of your projector
screen or whiteboard, for example,
1.65m (165cm). 250/165 = 1.515
This then gives you a throw ratio of
1.515:1 Projector manufacturers
normally supply a minimum and a
maximum ratio, for instance, 1.3 - 2.3:1
and this information can be found on the
projector manufacturers’ specification
sheets.
The calculations used rely on your
knowing the screen or whiteboard’s
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CASE STUDY
research is
compelling
Teaching with 3D is revealing some compelling results. As well as marked improvements in test scores, teachers have
commented that pupils in the 3D groups had deeper understanding, increased attention span and more motivation than
those that had the same lessons without the benefit of 3D. NEC Display Solutions is supporting pilot projects using 3D
projection technology within colleges in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands in co-operation with Texas Instruments
DLP. Headed by Prof Anne Bamford of the University of Arts London, the LiFE (learning in future education) project was
conducted in classrooms across European comparing the difference in comprehension, information retention and overall
behaviour between students learning via traditional 2D methods versus learning via 3D projection
“The findings indicate that 3D
projection should be considered
now and into the future when
looking for ways to improve their
students learning and engagement”
- Prof A Bamford
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took for students to learn concepts, increased their attention
spans and resulted in overall deeper thinking from the
students. The findings indicate that 3D projection should be
considered now and into the future when looking for ways to
improve their students learning and engagement.
PROJECTORS
Prepare for
The Future
Ultra-Short Throw
Solutions with 3D Capability
t 3D ready - future-proof DLP®-Link™ technology with
120Hz.
t Almost no shadow and glare - thanks to ultra-short throw
distance.
t Wall-mount included - for quick and easy installation,
compatible with height adjustable systems.
t Free tilting - for desktop use as well as ceiling and floor
projection.
t Peace of mind with future-proof connectivity including
numerous analog and digital connection terminals as well
as network capability.
The Value
Series with 3D
Capability
t 3D ready - future-proof DLP®-Link™ technology with
The Value Series with 3D Capability
120Hz.
t Higher effifciency, lower power consumption and long
lamp life - full ErP compliance.
t Control and Monitoring - via RS-232.
t Virtual Remote for direct PC control.
t Excellent colour reproduction thanks to BrilliantColorTM
and VIDI technology
be projected with the aid of a single projector and active
glasses without special screens, filters or emitters. The
impression of 3D is created by the interaction with the active
LCD shutter glasses.
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3D SOFTWARE
Using 3D to teach and
improve test scores
3D adds a whole new dimension of excitement to subjects for
pupils, as well as improving their concentration, recall and test
scores. To teach in 3D you need a 3D Ready projector, 3D
glasses and 3D software...
Types of 3D systems
There are basically two types of 3D
systems, namely active and passive. For
an active system you need a single 3D
projector and active 3D glasses, which
means they are powered 3D glasses. For
a passive system, you need two projectors
and passive non-powered 3D glasses.
Active glasses are more expensive than
passive, but you only need one projector.
3D-2-GO
Active
3D software
3D software is tailored for primary, secondary and special needs education.
3D Primary content is designed to engage young students using fun and colourful
environments and characters, which help to keep the children’s attention focused on
subject matter. 3D Primary software from Reach Out Interactives includes 3D Farmyard
Phonemes, Interactive 3D Maths with Captain Jack, Clockshop Time and Wizard Spells.
3D Secondary software includes software for Maths, English and Sciences. Forty two
students at GCSE level took part in a lesson, scoring 15.8%. After 3D test, average
scores raised to 87.8%. Testing again after three weeks, the scores showed 73.4%.
“The three dimensional visualisation totally
engaged my students…”
Alex Taylor, Headmaster, Red House School.
3D-2-GO
Passive
3D-2-GO LCD
Reach out Interactives have 3D-2-Go
systems, both passive and active, to
choose from. These include the PC
workstation with 3D Blu-Ray, fully
configured for use with 3D software.
For schools who prefer to use LED
screens, this choice is also available
from 47”– 55”.
Reach-Out Interactives is a trading name
of Amazing Interactives Ltd.
For further details:
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• [email protected]
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ViewSonic PJD6 series
Using a projector’s ecomode to dim your image
and control your students
attention can save you
up to 70% in energy use,
coupled with long-life
lamps, provides energy
and cost savings.
When choosing a projector, there may be a tendency
to select one with adequete brightness (ANSI lumens)
to suit your budget. However, it is worth
looking at a few projector features to see if
spending a few extra pounds initially will save
you energy and cost savings in the long run.
Especially in larger establishments where
hundreds of projectors are in use.
Smart ECO™ Technology
ViewSonic PJD6 series lets you dim your images
up to 70% with the Smart ECO™ Technology
button on the remote control. When you are
teaching using data and spreadsheets then your
students need to be able to see the images clearly, but when
watching a video you can dim the image, which helps protect
your students’ eyes as well as saving on energy and costs.
Long-life lamps
Replacement projector lamps cost in the region of £100£300+VAT, so savings in this area are always welcome.
ViewSonic use long-life lamps. When in Eco-mode you can
extend the lamp life up to 5,000 hours (PJD6253/PJD6553w)
or up to 6,000 hours (PJF6223). When used 6 hours a day, 5
days a week, a lamp life of 5,000 hours will give you up to 166
days of teaching.
Lamp saving tip
There may be a tendency to simply unplug a projector after
use, without allowing the lamp to cool down. With some
projectors, this can reduce the life of the lamp by up to 50%.
ViewSonic have solved this problem in their PJD6 series with
an Off-to-Go feature. The direct off feature lets you unplug
and go without waiting for the usual cool down period and
also protects the lamp from sudden power blackouts.
room and check that teachers have
turned off projectors at
night. ViewSonic PJD6
series has Advanced
Network Monitoring
and Control features.
IT administrators can
monitor, manage and
schedule each projector
remotely across a local
area network and receive
alerts of each projector’s status with
integrated Crestron e-Control™ system and
RoomView Express™ network Management software.
3D Ready
You may not be ready to teach using 3D software just yet, but
when replacing projectors, it makes sense to future-proof your
investments with 3D Ready projectors. Although you can still
view in 2D, to view in 3D you will also need 3D software and 3D
glasses.
ViewSonic’s PGD250 are active shutter glasses to be used
with DLP link 3D solutions. The glasses are designed to work
‘emitter free’ gaining their signal directly from the DLP (digital light
processor) display not requiring excessive wiring or peripheral
sensors. These 3D glasses have a long range of up to 12m and
resistance to ambient light interference. They run on long battery
life of up to 44 hours continuous use, via the rechargeable USB
connection.
Networkable
There is a cost involved in employing someone to go round each
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PROJECTORS
Long-life lamps
provide energy and
cost savings
PRIZE WINNERS
Prize winners
LG SuperSign digital
signage solution
Thank you to everyone who entered the prize draw from Issue 3
to win an LG SuperSign digital signage solution.
Congratulations to Adam Porter from Dormanstown Primary School in
Redcar, Cleveland. Adam’s entry was the first correct drawn at random
by computer from all the entries in our prize draw. The correct answer
to how many LG LCD network monitors were featured in the main
picture on the front cover of Issue 3 of Teaching Technology, was three.
LG SuperSign digital signage solution has been designed with the
education and public sector market in mind. An external media player,
featuring LG’s simple and intuitive SuperSign software, can be linked to
a wide selection of high performance displays.
Please do enter our latest prize
draws, featured on the back
cover of this issue of Teaching
Technology, for a chance to win a
3M Simply Interactive projection
system or one of 10 copies of
Repeat Signage digital signage
software.
Entry is free and open to all
UK educational and training
establishments.
Repeat Signage 2011 Standard
Edition digital signage software
Congratulations to the 10 winners, all drawn at random from entries
from Issue 3 of Teaching Technology, who have all now received their
software licences.
SPECIAL OFFER
A free software licence worth £225+VAT with every projector,
LCD monitor or interactive whiteboard over £500+VAT purchased from Wedgwood AV Ltd.
www.wedgwood-group.com Please quote: TT05-RS
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Edd Simmons of Unicol presented the Unicol PowaLift to
support a 78” Promethean whiteboard, to Graham Taylor,
Principal of the College on 29 September 2011.
The PowaLift trolley will be used in the brand new business section of the College, to
provide a cost effective platform for teaching, which embraces new technology.
Unicol PowaLift trolley
The Unicol PowaLift trolley units
serve many needs from enabling
young children or wheelchair
users to interact with touch
screens, to simply making it
possible to move from one
location to another through
doorways by lowering screens
under power.
Operated by hand remote, screens
can be commanded to rise or descend
smoothly through 675mm, stopping
safely at any point.
Ideal for most brands of whiteboards
including SMART Boards (shown right)
or LCD display screens.
Unicol mobile
solutions
Edd Simmons presenting the Unicol PowaLift to Graham Taylor
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PRIZE WINNERS
New College Swindon wins
Unicol PowaLift trolley
CASE STUDY
Repeat Signage
draws praise from Velo
restaurant in London
Bars, restaurants and college catering departments looking to do
more than simply display printed menus of the day, may consider digital
signage software. Here we take a look at Repeat Signage...
“We launched our restaurant in
London. It features self-service
touchscreen technology and
a digital menu board using
Repeat Signage digital signage
software” Nghi Nguyen,
founder of Velo
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The concept at Velo is simple. Customers
use the display screens above the counter
to see the menus. Orders can then be
placed and paid for at the self-service
touch screens, which are sited along the
rear wall. The order is then collected at the
pick-up counter.
CASE STUDY
The new Velo restaurant in London, includes
self-service touchscreen technology and a
digital menu board using Repeat Signage.
Velo chose Panasonic 47-inch diagonal full high
definition LCD screens for their display boards,
which are situated behind the counter. These
display the menus available, but can also be
used to display other information.
Repeat Signage digital signage software was
chosen to display information on the screens,
as it is easy to use. Repeat Signage is truly
flexible digital signage software for Windows.
It allows pixel-by-pixel control of displays
including plasma screens, LCD monitors and
projectors. It also has touch screen support.
You can download the evaluation software
without giving your details.
www.repeatsoftware.com
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Repeat Signage lets you insert pictures, text, clocks, shapes, .PDFs, etc., into your presentation.
Then you save this and can schedule it to play over your local network at different times. For
example, you could display the breakfast menu 9-11 am, then display events taking place,
followed by a lunchtime menu 12.30-1pm. You run (play) your digital signage presentations from
a computer onto one or more screens.
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3D IN EDUCATION
3D in education
Introducing 3D projection
and 3D screens for schools,
colleges and academies
Teaching in 3D is producing some amazing results. Test results after a
lesson in 3D saw a 35 percent increase. You can engage your students,
inspire imagination and bring ideas to life, as objects such as planets come
right out of the screen towards you.
Interactive 3D
You will probably have experienced 3D
either in cinemas, theme parks, museums
or in visitor attractions such as at Weston
Park Museum Sheffield Galleries.
What is 3D?
3D or more accurately, stereoscopic
imaging—comes in different forms
(anaglyph, passive, active, autostereo)
and the technology attempts to capture
the depth cues that our eyes use in the
real world and reproduce them on flat
video screens.
When we look at objects around us,
our left and right eyes see two slightly
different views. As we fix on a specific
object, both eyes focus on it. Then our
brain combines the two offset views into
one image (referred to as convergence) in
order to process depth information. This
two-step process is known as stereopsis
and allows us to determine the relative
shape, height, width, depth, and distance
of objects within our field of view.
BenQ LX60ST / LW61ST
Anaglyph 3D uses different colour filters
to produce two images within one
picture.
Polarized 3D is where image separation is
achieved by polarizing the light differently,
and the 3D glasses filter the light so that
each eye perceives an individual image.
Stereoscopic 3D is the 3D experience
from DLP® Link™. Images are
generated in a frame sequential
format, which
alternates the left
and right frames of
the glasses. These
shutter glasses are
synchronized with
the image and turns
on or off with each
frame of data.
3D projectors
A 3D projector typically costs no more
than a standard 2D projector. 3D ready
projectors with DLP technology function
NEC U-Series
Manufacturers with 3D Ready / 3D Capable projectors in their range
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normally as a regular 2D projector, but
when you play 3D content, it can switch
from 2D to 3D and back again. Even if
you don’t implement a 3D curriculum
right away, it is important that your
projector is ready for 3D when you are.
When you are ready to create that 3D
experience you will need:
• A computer with a quad buffered
graphics card
• ‘Active’ 3D glasses with DLP Link™
•
3D content
3D content is now
available and more
is coming. There
are many things
you can teach in
3D right now. You
can explore the Grand
Canyon, disassemble the
brain or fly through the solar system.
Subjects like geography, history, science
and maths can come to life. 3D content
is available for primary and secondary
schools for active and passive systems.
Vivitek D536-3D
Manufacturers with 3D Ready / 3D Capable
projectors in their range
Manufacturers of DLP (digital light
processing) projectors, such as BenQ,
Optoma, ViewSonic and Vivitek have 3D
Ready (or 3D capable) projectors in their
range. These will work as a standard 2D
projector as well as 3D.
To view in 3D you will need other
components as well as your 3D Ready
projector. These include a PC with a quad
buffered graphics card (except three
models from Vivitek where 3D processing
is built-in), active shutter 3D glasses with
DLP® Link™ and compatible 3D active
software.
Typical applications include use with 3D
educational or 3D design and modelling
software.
3D active glasses
3D IN EDUCATION
3D active systems: projectors
using DLP® Link™
3D shutter (active) glasses,
compatible with DLP Link 3D
technology, are designed to give an
immersive 3D viewing experience.
3D passive systems
Another way to create 3D images
is to stack a pair of projectors and
equip them with polarizers. The
polarizers are either oriented at
right angles to each other (linear
polarization) or at opposite circular
polarization angles (also known as
Xpol).
Each projector shows only the
picture information for one eye
and the projectors are aligned to
create the correct parallax. The
viewer then wears a pair of (passive)
glasses with matching polarizers
for the left and right eye. In theory,
the opposing polarization “twist”
between each minimizes unwanted
ghost images (or cross talk) from
the other projector.
ViewSonic PJD6 Series
Mitsubishi EX240U
In reality, there’s always some cross
talk, but if the projectors are set
up correctly and the eyewear is
matched, you’ll see converged 3D
images... simple as that!
Optoma EW536
Canon Xeed WUX5000 for single or
multiple projector installs, such as 3D,
stacking, blended systems and domes.
Acer S5 series
Unicol 3D twin stacking
projector mount
Reach Out Interactives
3D Explorer: GCSE Chemistry
3D direct
DLP projector manufacturer Vivitek, have
now brought out 3D direct projectors
where 3D processing is built-in. These
let you connect directly to any standard
or 3D Blu-Ray™ player for 3D viewing.
They display 3D content from just about
any video source without an external box.
You do not need any special graphics
card in your PC.
Reach Out Interactives
3D Tutor: Maths KS3 &KS4
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3D IN EDUCATION
Comparing costs
For an active system, you will need a
DLP projector that is 3D Ready (or 3D
Capable), a quad buffered graphics card
in your PC (except for projector models
that have 3D processing built-in), 3D
active shutter glasses and 3D compatible
(active) software.
3D active shutter glasses cost in the
region of £50 - £85+VAT per pair. In a
typical school classroom, 30 pairs of 3D
active glasses will therefore cost £1,500 £2,550+VAT.
3D-2-GO active system
For a passive system, you will need two
LCD projectors that are 3D Ready, which
stack one on top of the other. You also
need compatible 3D passive software
and passive 3D glasses, like you see in
cinemas, costing around £1+VAT per pair.
In a typical school classroom, 30 pairs
of 3D passive glasses will therefore cost
£30+VAT.
Using an active system you need only
purchase one DLP projector and projector
mount, whilst with the passive system
you need two LCD projectors that stack
together, appropriate projector mount and
silver coated projection screen. Factor in
the cost of replacing one or two projector
bulbs at an average cost of £300+VAT
each, price depending on projector
manufacturer and model.
3D-2-GO passive system
For current street prices of 3D
Ready projectors, please visit
www.multimediaprojectors.
co.uk/3d_ready_projectors.
htm
Silver coated projection
screens
For passive systems, silver coated
projection screens are considered the
best 3D screens for projectors that use
polarized light.
Da-Lite Silver Lite 2.5™ projection
screens, for example, is a multi-purpose
front projection surface that is optimised
for passive linear and circular 3D
applications and is also a 2D screen
material. For passive 3D applications,
the silver surface maintains 99.3% of
polarized light and the 2.5 gain of the
material compensates for the light loss
in the polarization filtering process.
polarization retention and high extinction
ratio eliminate the ghosting or crosstalk
common with stereoscopic 3D projection.
For 2D projection, the gain and high
contrast characteristics of the material
make it perfect for projection in high
ambient light conditions or for use with a
low output projector. Silver Lite 2.5™ is
a washable surface and has a 25 degree
viewing half angle.
3D software
3D software manufacturers such as
Reach Out Interactives supply 3D
software for primary and secondary
education, for active and passive
systems.
Reach Out Interactives also have
3D-2-Go active and passive systems,
to choose from. These include the
PC workstation with 3D Blu-Ray, fully
configured for use with 3D software. For
schools who prefer to use LED screens,
this choice is also available from 47”– 55”.
3D-2-GO
screen system
Da-Lite Silver Lite 2.5™
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Research
A recent government funded study on
the effect of use of 3D in the classroom
produced remarkable results. The
study, done in Rock Island, Illinois, USA,
showed that students’ pre-test vs. post
test scores improved up to 35% after
seeing a lesson in 3D compared to the
mere 9.7% increase experienced by
the control group who did not view the
lesson in 3D. Furthermore, when the
data was broken down into subgroups,
all groups showed gains from 29%
to 35%. One student in the study
remarked, “If I could learn everything
this way, my grades would go from Fs to
A+s.”
Benefits of 3D
North East based UK company ReachOut Interactives aims to prove that 3D
is not just a gimmick but will be a ‘must
have’ of all classrooms in the future. With
dedicated research based at Red House
School, Teesside and extensive trials with
Texas Instruments at The Abbey School,
Reading and internationally, they are
bringing together teachers and content
creators to use 3D to aid in explaining
often traditionally difficult to teach
subjects, and to engage with the latest
generation of digital natives.
This is essential of course for digital
signage in public areas, where there is
no chance to hand-out free spectacles
to every student or passer-by.
Once you have produced your digital
signage presentation using either 2D
or 3D content, you can play it onto
the 3D enabled screen, which can
be viewed without using any special
glasses.
Cssio XJ-ST145/ST155
Obviously, you will only be able to view
in 3D if you use supported 3D content.
Mounting 3D systems
Manufacturers such as UK based
Unicol, make brackets that support
individual projectors as well as mounts
that support two stacking projectors.
Eiki EIP-D450
The main objective of the research is not
to generically prove that just visualising
any material in 3D is beneficial but
to show how 3D combined with new
teaching methodologies can be used to
increase engagement, aid learners in
understanding and increase knowledge
retention.
So far, Texas Instruments trials have
produced statistics that show high
levels of improvement in retention and
recall. This can most clearly be seen at
The Abbey School through increased
achievement and understanding in test
results when classes using Reach-Out
Interactives 3D software, are compared
to traditionally taught controlled test
groups.
3M SCP725/SCP725W
3D glasses-free screens
Magnetic ENABL3D auto stereoscopic
3D LCD screens in sizes 22-inch to
57-inch diagonal, are ideal for digital
signage applications with Luminis 3D
media player.
Lenticular technology, also known
as auto stereoscopic, is a glassesfree system. A sheet of transparent,
cylindrical lenses known as ‘lenticules’ is
fixed to a commercial LCD screen. These
lenticules reflect light in specific, acute
angles to generate different images to
each eye.
Magnetic glasses-free LCD monitor and
Luminis 3D digital signage software
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3D IN EDUCATION
Manufacturers with 3D Ready / 3D Capable
projectors in their range
CASE STUDY
A triple win for London’s
Waltham Forest College
Waltham Forest College, a major provider of lifelong learning to over 10,000
students (under 19 and adults) in North East London, is reducing its energy bills and
carbon footprint following the installation of LG’s revolutionary Network Monitor ICT
solution.
The installation of 55 network monitors
transformed the college’s two main ICT
centres reducing the number of desktop
PC in use by a staggering 87% while
retaining the same number of workstations
available to students. Despite the old
buildings and outdated electrical cabling,
the new LG solution was installed and fully
operational within just 2 days.
LG Network Monitor enables up to 10
monitors to be connected to one host PC,
each running independent sessions, while
an integrated USB hub allows students
to work using USB memory sticks at
each Network Monitor, ensuring there is
a professional transparent approach to all
students’ work which doesn’t overload the
system.
As a result of installing Network Monitors,
Waltham Forest College now only needs
to maintain, support and potentially
upgrade 7 host PCs as opposed to the
previous 55 workstations, thereby not only
reducing the ongoing support costs but
also reducing future landfill.
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Martin Moore, Director of Systems &
Planning, believes that the Network Monitor
ICT Solution will considerably contribute to
the College meeting its objectives of
enhanced access to ICT for its students
while reducing its carbon footprint.
Furthermore, the IT Support team, which is
currently responsible for maintaining up
to 1500 working computers each day,
expects to see calls to the Helpdesk decline
by around 70%, allowing the team to be
more proactive around the college and to
put their skills to better use than just
constantly “fire fighting” PC problems.
To summarise, Martin Moore said:
“Many colleges all over the country face the
same problems as us – namely the
need to update computing and IT facilities
on the tightest of budgets and with
minimal disruption. At the same time we
need to take into consideration the need to
reduce the impact we have on the
environment as well as allow for easy and
cost effective future upgrades. In time,
the reduced energy consumption levels
will mean that the College will be better
placed to comply with the new industry
environmental standards and so ensure we
do not incur heavy financial penalties. It’s all
about getting the best value for our money
and the LG Network Monitors Solution is
helping us do just that”.
New LG Network
Monitor Solution slashes
energy consumption,
reduces carbon footprint
and saves money.
Wedgwood AV Ltd., an
authorised LG reseller, along
with LG’s Network Monitor
Approved Partner, are able
to offer a demonstration to
Colleges and schools in most
areas of the UK.
i-com, LG’s proprietary integrated communication software
An ideal education environment
Today computers are a vital part of
communication in education. Teachers
and students interact in class and share
information through monitors and
over the Internet. It’s even possible for
teachers to check assignments over the
school’s network and cater to students’
individual needs.
The computing environment should
embrace change so that more and more
students and teachers can benefit from
the system. This is why LG developed a
Multi-Computing Solution to create a stateof-the-art system for everyone to enjoy, at
an affordable cost.
Improved ICT education environment
With LG’s single Host PC all of the
students can enjoy independent computing
including using the Internet, document
software such as PowerPoint and watching
educational content all at the same time. In
addition, i-com, LG’s proprietary integrated
communication software, enables you to
monitor each user’s computing to support
your students in the right way.
Cost reduction
LG Network Monitor decentralizes the
surplus capacity of a PC enabling all
students to enjoy independent computing
and cuts the costs of computing system
setup by up to 70%, and maintenance
and energy by up to 90% shouldering the
financial burdens of schools.
Eco green computing
LG Network Monitor has a longer life span
than ordinary PCs (which require constant
upgrades) minimizing e-waste. What’s
more it can create a “paper-free green
class” with a digitalized education system.
It also saves up to 90% on energy costs
which reduces impact on global warming.
The interactive communication solution
e-Learning software i-com
Features include:
Monitoring: i-com’s basic function that
displays thumbnails of users’ screens in real
time.
Demo: Shows the manager’s screen to
users.
Chatting: The manager can text, voice chat
or send messages to users.
Test: Helps the manager create tests and
distribute to users.
File: Helps the manager send files and
collect files to and from users.
Manage and Command: The manager can
remotely prevent users from using certain
applications.
Power : The manager can remotely turn the
Host PC on and off.
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NETWORK MONITORS
LG Network Monitors in
primary and secondary
schools
INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Collaborative
learrning
Constructing collaborative learning in
the classroom
Most people will know the saying ‘two heads are
better than one’. This is true in many aspects of life,
education included. Collaborative learning – a studentcentred learning practice in which two or more people
learn together - is based on the idea that learning is a
naturally social act; throughout life we will intuitively
share ideas, thoughts and findings with others to
progress.
Collaboration is more than just co-operation; it refers to
the whole process of learning, from teacher teaching,
to students helping one another. As such, collaborative
learning is about ensuring that each member of
the classroom has the opportunity to contribute
to lessons, and play an active role in the learning
process to strengthen the end result. Collaborative
learning therefore supports the development of
creative thinking, teamwork, and an understanding of
individual contributions amongst other skills. Students
can benefit from acquiring the ability, confidence and
understanding needed to express themselves and work
with others in the future.
Interactive digital resources, familiar to students from
home, can engage them in this collaborative learning
process, improving participation and attainment. Touch
sensitive tablets for example are easily passed around the
classroom, allowing each student to have input without
disrupting the lesson. Student response systems are
also increasingly popular, providing an instantaneous
way of involving all students. Why not use a short quiz
to close the lesson, asking children to recall what has
been discussed? This can consolidate the learning
objective, whilst providing teachers with targeted
feedback on individual students, and highlighting areas for
development that can help structure future lessons.
If we can embrace the opportunities that collaborative
learning offers, it has the potential to transform education;
supporting and guiding the learning journey to strengthen
its impact, rather than simply determining its path.
By Alexandra Mounier, EMEA business education
development manager, eInstruction
eInstruction launches
Insight 360™ Formative
Instruction System
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AV MOUNTS
Media cabinet for VC teaching
Unicol have developed a new media cabinet which meets
the needs of teachers who wish to keep their display
screen, video camera and equipment in one place for ease
of movement from classroom to classroom
3D and education
If you are a teacher you may already have
heard about the benefits of 3D education.
These include bringing excitement to
learning, 3D lessons are captivating and
engaging, many of the abstract subjects
become tangible for students, the
understanding of complex ideas improves,
knowledge retention increases and the
proven fact is that 3D increases average
test scores.
Unicol OVR5B
media cabinet with
optional MK1 mast
and screen mount,
RK rack mount kit or
2 shelves and VCM
video conferencing
mount
UNICOL’s new media cabinet
UNICOL’s OVR5B wheeled media cabinet
is designed with teachers in mind,
who want the flexibility of moving their
equipment from classroom to classroom.
It is available with a mast assembly and
screen mount, which are sold separately.
Accessories include a 14U rack mount
kit or a kit consisting of two shelves. A
video conferencing camera mount is also
available. It willl support screens typically
33”-57” diagonal, up to 60kg. This is
an improved design of Unicol’s existing
popular AVR5B wheeled cabinet.
In issue 3 of Teaching Technology, we
discussed multi-site learning across
seven Lincolnshire schools, and saw how
Branston Community College made good
use of teaching resources. They had
used video conferencing equipment to
enable one teacher in her own classroom
to teach her own pupils and those from
another school, at the same time, via
video conferencing. The Unicol video
conferencing mount is ideal for supporting
your video conferencing camera.
Comparing two groups of children, one
taking 2D and the other a 3D lesson,
the researches have come across some
amazing results. The lesson, which
normally requires two to three class
periods to complete, was taught in just
one class period. The test results were
astounding: in the first classroom (normal
lesson), the control group test scores
increased 9.7 percent. But the group that
received its lesson in 3D saw a 35 percent
increase!
Unicol AVR5B media
cabinet with optional
MK1 mast and
screen mount, RK
rack mount kit or 2
shelves and VCM
video conferencing
mount
Unicol PSU twin
stack for 3D
projection
3D mounting solutions
UNICOL have now developed mounts
for stacking two projectors together. The
bracket on the right uses their CP1 ceiling
plate and column pole, with PSU (projector
suspension unit) twin stack, designed
especially for 3D projection. The image
below right shows a 3D educational rig.
UNICOL wins award
UNICOL has been awarded Best Brackets
& Mounts Brand 2012 in the AV News
Awards. The selection process is based
on criteria including quality and reliability
of the products. UNICOL’s marketing
director, Robert Seward commented
“It is gratifying to know that British
manufacturing can still win against strong
US and European competition”.
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NEW TECHNOLOGY
BenQ
LX60ST/LW61ST
Smarter Lamp-free projectors from BenQ
use up to 90% less light source power
consumption. With Mercury-free Laser
Light source you will have up to 20,000
hours of reliable brightness as well as
quiet noise level, ultra-high contrast and
excellent colour reproduction.
PolyVision
eno
interactive
whiteboards
TM
Latest AV
technology
at BETT 2012
My first eno
TM
BETT 2012 My first eno offer gives you
the chance to buy your first eno classic
2610 at £495+VAT or your first eno
classic 2810 board at £595+VAT. eno
boards are dry-wipe, magnetic and
interactive. Add sound with eno Play.
BETT is an indispensable part of the annual knowledge gathering process,
coming at a time when establishments are planning and budgeting for the
school year. Here’s a few products we highlighted...
BETT 2013 is 30 Jan - 2nd Feb 2013 at their new home; ExCel London.
AVer W30
AVer W30 wireless interactive visualiser lets you enjoy
classroom mobility within a 15m range. It has a USB
and SD card slot for external storage of your images.
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SDP-860
Samsung Techwin SDP-860 digital
presenter with high-end camera features,
is designed for primary schools.
We visited BETT 2012 at Olympia
on the Thursday afternoon and all
day Friday, and managed to cover
both halls and the gallery. We
have found in the past that one
day is not long enough to cover all
the stands and discover the new
technology being showcased.
NEC U-Series
NEC U-Series of Ultra Short Throw, DLP Link, 3D Ready projectors wth mount. The
series comprises U250X / U300X which are XGA projectors at 2,500 and 3,000
ANSI lumens brightness, and U260W / U310W which are WXGA at 2,600 and 3,100
lumens. They all include 10W speakers, HDMI inputs and RJ 45 for networking.
Epson EB-475Wi
Epson launched its new EB-475Wi
interactive projector. It comes with
many new features including dual pen
control, PC-free connectivity and HDMI
input for engaging learning.
Projectors
Ultra short throw projectors, 3D
Ready and 3D direct projectors
(where you don’t need a graphics
card in your computer), and
interactive projectors were all on
show. Interactive projectors use
an interactive pen to annotate,
and these do away with the need
to use an interactive whiteboard.
You can either project onto dry
erase whiteboards or a plain white
wall.
Visualisers
T580 Panaboard
Panasoinic T580 interactive whiteboard
with Easiteach software. helps
educators reduce costs, minimise
downtime, self generate energy, create
new revenue streams and address
important ecology goals. The T580 is
USB powered.
The winner of a BETT award for
digital devices was Lumens, with
their wireless visualiser. AVer
(formerly AVerMedia) showcased
their wireless visualiser, whilst
Samsung and Elmo launched
their new visualisers.
Brackets
Top-Tec had wall mounts and
desk arms for iPads.
Interactive projector
Hitachi iPJ-AW250NM projector
changes a wall into an interactive
teaching aid.
iPad chargers
Bretford showcased their new
range of rechargeable trolleys for
laptops, netbooks and iPads.
StarBoard Link EZ2
Hitachi launched its modular interactive whiteboard
system. StarBoard Link EZ2 secures to any flat
surface in minutes to transform a static wall into an
interactive wall. The size of active area is adjustable
from 60” to 90” diagonal where a bigger size of
projection and work surface is required.
Top-Tec iPad cages
iPad cages in a choice of 4 colours for
wall mounting iPads. Alternatively use an
iPad cage with desk mount arm.
Interactive whiteboards
Interactive whiteboards were
on show from a number of
manufacturers including SMART
Boards, Hitachi and Panasonic.
Panasonic’s new interactive
whiteboard is USB powered.
For quotations, manufacturers’
specification sheets and more
information please call Wedgwood
on 01754 769967.
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NEW TECHNOLOGY
Review - BETT 2012
LAPTOP STORAGE
Bretford solution to
laptop storage, charging
and transportation
Computing and technology is an integral part of schools and will become a bigger
part as technology moves forward in education. With more requiring computers, it
has been said that laptops are the most economical choice for schools, being easily
portable, cutting out the need for schools to purchase computers for every class in
school.
With this in mind,
it presents a new
problem, how are all
the laptops securely
stored, transported and
charged?
Having looked at this
problem, we found the
laptop charging and
storage cart.
Bretford EcoCart blue
16-bay laptop charger.
Available in blue,
yellow, green and red.
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LAPTOP STORAGE
Laptop charging and storage
carts can securely store, charge and
transport all your laptops, netbooks and
tablets, and in a compact space. They
can easily transport up to 16 laptops from
classroom to classroom. During school
closing hours, the laptops are securely
stored and being charged ready for the
next day’s use.
While storing, charging and security are the
necessities of a laptop charging cart, here
are some other things to consider:
Is the cart easy to use?
Can it support a Wifi?
Is the cart easy to move?
Does the cart have an Energy saving
power module?
Does the cart comply with British health
and safety electrical standards?
This is probably why so many schools and
academies use them.
The Bretford 16 bay LAP TopLoader stores
and charges up to 16 laptops and has a
top loading design for easy access. It also
supports Wifi and data transfer activities.
Its built-in Electronic Power Management
system (EPM), regulates the amount
of current being drawn from the mains
supply, preventing the school’s circuits
being tripped, so minimising classroom
disruption.
Where a school uses netbooks
there is a storage and recharging solution
for these. The Bretford 32 bay TopLoader
stores and recharges up to 32 netbooks. It
has a top loading design for easy access,
supports Wifi and data transfer activities.
Its intelligent charging system manages
the power to the netbooks and features
built-in connector leads, which reduces the
amount of excess cables, to give excellent
cable management.
Bretford have also solved the problem
of how to store and charge netbooks
which need to be carried upstairs or
transported in a car. The 16 bay NetRoller
is constructed of robust high impact
ABS plastic for mobility in a lightweight,
space-saving shell. It is suitable for
housing up to 10.2” netbooks, storing
and recharging up to 16 netbooks.
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VISUALISERS
Lumens
visualise
annotation
without a
computer
Lumens DC190
Although visualisers have
been around for a number of
years, advances in technology
means that teachers can
explore more ways of using
their equipment.
Lumens DC-190 high definition visualiser is
compatible with all interactive whiteboards, and
you do not need to use a computer in order to
annotate.
Lumens DC190
Its one-touch video/audio recording and
playback is a useful feature for teachers. In
science lessons you can record your experiments
and then play them back to discuss at what
stage reactions happened. For instance, adding
vegetable oil, food coloouring and fizzing tablets
to a clear bottle of water, produces ‘blobs in
a bottle’. When conducting experiments it is
difficult for students to really see what is taking
place, as events such as adding fizzing tablets,
happens quickly. With playback, you can
discuss the various stages and make lessons
more interactive.
As the Lumens DC190 has a built-in microphone,
you can also talk through an experiment.
Lumens DC190
Visualisers can be used across the curriculum,
for example, capturing images of books or
artwork, analysing fabrics and other materials,
capturing students’ work and lessons.
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The DC190 has advanced in-built power
supply which means less cables and it does
not need a transformer. With a much more
stable power supply and less things to
detach there is a constant image and data
flow.
Wireless visualisers
Lumens DC120
For those of you who want a completely wireless
solution, then Lumens have developed the
DC-A11 wireless base unit. Battery operated,
the base turns the DC120 visualiser into a
wireless visualiser.
It is true wireless technology (802.11 b,g,n) so
there is no loss in image quality. With a range of
up to 95 feet (30m) your DC120 can be moved
around safely (with no trailing wires) in and out of
the classroom.
School-to-school video
conferencing over Skype
The DC120 has joint-free gooseneck for 360˚
viewing angle. The combination of a flexible
neck and high quality, high definition camera
means it can also be used for capturing work
and lessons for a school’s virtual learning
experience, or even for school-to-school video
conferencing over Skype.
Lumens DC120
with wireless base
Auto tune
Both the Lumens DC190 and the DC120 have
Auto Tune. By pressing a single button the Auto
Tune function allows the document camera
to automatically adjust the clarity, brightness
and colour according to the actual classroom
environment.
eBeam Inscribe
200e wireless
tablet with pen
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eBeam Inscribe 200e
Another useful feature of the DC190 is its ability
to connect a wireless tablet, such as the eBeam
Inscribe 200e wireless tablet. As the DC190 has
onboard annotation, you don’t need to use a pen
by Lumens, you can use any tablet and this is
something you may already have in school.
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VISUALIISERS
In-built power supply
Chance for you to
win prizes in our
free prize draws
Win a 3M SCP716
Simply Interactive
For a chance to win a 3M SCP716 Simply
Interactive (worth over £1,100+VAT), answer the
following question.
When connected to a computer’s USB and VGA
ports, the system provides the capabilities of
what?
To enter the prize draw, simply go to www.
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Login and click on the ‘Competitions’ link and enter your
answer. Closing date is midnight on 31 March 2012.
Free prize draw rules: Teaching Technology competitions are only available to the staff of
UK educational establishments. Winners will be selected at random by the editor from
all correct entries received by midnight on 31 March 2012. The winning educational
establishment will be notified as soon as reasonably practicable after the competition
draw. One entry per person. Multiple entries will be discarded. The prize of a 3M
Simply Interactive projector does NOT include installation, which must be undertaken at
the school’s own expense. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be
entered into. There are no cash alternatives.
3M SCP716 short-throw Simply Interactive projector allows
almost any plain wall to become an interactive computer screen.
It is tough, versatile and easy to use. You can install it even in
the school’s smallest classroom.
By allowing a plain wall to be used as an interactive computer
screen, 3M Simply Interactive projectors can help schools make
more of these advantages for a relatively low outlay.
When connected to a computer’s USB and VGA ports, the system
provides the capabilities of an interactive whiteboard, which
means there is no need to buy a seperate interactive whiteboard.
10 copies of Repeat Signage
2011 Standard Edition digital
signage software to be won
Repeat Signage 2011 is truly flexible digital signage software for Windows.
It allows pixel-by-pixel control of displays including plasma screens, LCD
monitors and projectors. It is one of the easiest to use digital signage
packages on the market. You simply design the presentation for the
resolution of your screen. Now with touch screen capability.
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For your chance to win one of ten prizes of a downloadable copy of this flexible
digital signage software, all you have to do is download a free trial copy at
www.repeatsoftware.com Then open the software and look at the bottom of the
main screen. You will see a 4 digit code in the format TT 0000.
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