Teaching technology

Teaching technology

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How technology helps me teach...

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Teaching Technology for education

- how technology helps me teach

Issue 2 available April 2011

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Wedgwood AV Ltd., specialisation is in providing audio visual solutions and the sale of presentation equipment to schools, colleges, universities, local authorities, museums, libraries, training organisations, government, public sector and businesses in the UK.

An ISO9001 accredited company, we are commited to customer service, with specialist advice, manufacturer independent audio visual equipment, informative guides, comparison charts, product selection wizards and the quarterly Teaching Technology magazine.

Wedgwood AV began 14 years ago, as a family run business, one of its founders being an ex-teacher, who found that teaching and marking left little time to learn what new technology was available.

Teaching Technology contains articles, case studies, comparison charts, and details of new audio visual products, with the theme, ‘how technology helps me teach’.

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CONTENTS

04 3D projection

05 Green slim projectors

06 Ultra short throw interactive projection

07 Dual lamp projection for

FEHE presentations

08 Projector comparisons

10 Break away from front of class teaching

12 BETT Show preview of new technology

14 Digital signage software, players and screens

18 Large format LCD monitors

20 Desktop touchscreens and hard glass protected LCDs

21 LED energy saving lighting

22 Is your AV installation safe?

23 Space saving ergonomic computer mounting solutions

24 Multi-user interactive whiteboards

25 Environmentally friendly whiteboards

26 Portable or permanent presentation interactivity

27 Interactive projection without a whiteboard

28 Visualisers draw praise from

Loughborough University

30 Infrared technology for education

31 A day in the life of a PA system

32 Chance to win a visualiser or digital signage software

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How 3D technology helps you teach

You can engage your students, inspire imagination and bring ideas to life, as helicopters or planets appear to come right out the screen towards you.

3D Ready projectors create lifesize

3D images on any surface, to inspire the imagination and make this exciting technology simple, for everyone.

What can 3D do for me?

To have the benefi ts of 3D technology in your classroom, you will need a 3D Ready projector. Optoma has three education models, with 3D capability; the EW536 HD Ready,

WXGA resolution projector; the EW533ST HD Ready,

WXGA resolution short throw projector; and the EX542i XGA resolution, networking projector. All these projectors will work as a standard 2D projector as well as 3D.

You also need 3D glasses and 3D content. The 3D features of Optoma projectors can only be used with compatible 3D content. Typical applications include use with 3D educational or 3D design and modelling software.

How does 3D work?

Using the inherent speed of DLP

®

technology, Optoma

3D Ready projectors can output video and images at an astonishing rate of 120Hz, allowing you to show full screen, full colour, stereoscopic 3D.

The 3D effect is generated by splitting this signal into two standard video streams, one for each eye. Using DLP

®

Link™ technology, the 3D glasses synchronise with the image on screen to fi lter each stream to the correct eye. Your brain then combines the two streams to make them jump into life.

† The 3D features of Optoma projectors can only be used with compatible

3D content. Typical applications include use with 3D educational or

3D design and modelling systems. Support for 3D TV broadcast systems,

(SKY in the UK) 3D games from a PS3TM and Blu-ray 3DTM will require the Optoma 3D-XL that is available separately.

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Get ahead in the maintenance marathon...

The main technologies which cause these problems include projectors, laptops and PCs. But research has shown that projectors are the worst culprits, with 46% of presenters experiencing problems in the last year.

One of the biggest problems with conventional projectors is the maintenance requirements that go hand in hand with high pressure mercury lamps.

With so much wasted teaching time in schools and universities each year caused by projector problems and maintenance, it highlights the need for low maintenance, highly reliable

In the UK less than half of businesses and schools keep track of presentation equipment support and maintenance costs.

presentation technology – especially in education.

And that’s where Casio Green Slim Projectors come in...

But with the new government budget and cuts, can you really afford not to take notice of the costs of your equipment?

All the Green Slim Projectors contain the innovative and unique Casio technology; a laser and LED hybrid light source technology, which means no lamps! No replacement lamps means there are no follow on costs, saving on average £1500 over the life of the projector. The projectors have up to 20,000 hours performance, which equates to approximately 15 years of average classroom use.

On average:

• An IT manager is called upon to solve

447 incidents a year

• This equates to 23 working days solving presentation problems - costing £12,500 a year

• 69% of presenters are let down by technology while presenting

• 1 in 5 presentations that overrun do so as a result of presentation technology

• Replacement lamps for projectors cost

£1500, over the lifetime of a projector

The range features up to 3000 Ansi Lumens, delivering brilliant, natural colours. This is coupled with minimum brightness degradation. Conventional lamps decline in brightness by approximately 50% over their lifetime. Casio’s new hybrid light source technology declines by a maximum of 5% over 20,000 hours, delivering consistently high brightness and excellent colour reproduction for higher impact presentations.

The Green Slim Projector range is ecological, as well as economical. The mercury free technology and low power consumption, reduces the user’s carbon footprint and minimises running costs. Filter free operation means minimal maintenance and no additional costs of replacement fi lters.

We offer a 5 year warranty for the light source for the education sector, they are the ultimate money and maintenance saving option – making them the perfect technology for use in the education sector.

*According to research conducted by Dynamic Markets (2010)

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Interactive classroom makeover in a box

Ever-changing IT needs in schools

The IT needs in teaching are rapidly evolving as teachers seek innovative, exciting solutions to make presenting more interesting and achieve a greater responsiveness amongst their pupils.

Interactive products are a great way to increase student participation and engagement through kinesthetic learning.

Interactive whiteboards, for example, are a popular option although they are not without their problems – complex installation is a common issue, prohibitive costs is another. To tackle these issues and many others, the UK education market requires manufacturers to understand the specifi c needs of the classroom.

Epson has over 20 years experience in the projection market and 10 years specialising in the education sector. Over this period, Epson has worked closely with teachers and education authorities, listening to their challenges. By understanding the challenges schools and teachers face, Epson has been able to constantly innovate to come up with great classroom solutions.

Tackling key issues

Epson’s interactive ultra-short-throw projector, the EB-450Wi, is an example of Epson’s innovative approach to customer challenges, tackling issues such as shadows, glare, security, installation fl exibility and cost – and all packed into one box.

Take cost for example. Cost is a key factor when considering new products and it is fair to say that during turbulent economic times, many schools’ level of ‘interactivity’ has been and continues to be directly governed by budget. So how are schools meant to balance budget with the interactive needs of the classroom?

As an all-in-one solution, the EB-450Wi needs no additional board or device for interactivity, therefore lowering installation costs. The increased fl exibility of use it offers represents more for schools’ money too. One of the key features of the EB-

450Wi is its built-in interactive capabilities – it can turn virtually any surface into an interactive display. Teachers can project from ultra-short distances with a unique mirroring engine that means even smaller classrooms can benefi t. The digital pen gives teachers total control of the presentation area where notes can be made and saved.

Epson 3LCD technology gives brighter, clearer presentations.

The WXGA-resolution interactive projector gives a Colour Light

Output of up to 2,500 lumens. Adding to that, the projector’s ultra-short-throw design means teachers can interact with the projection up-close without the issue of glare or casting a shadow.

Understanding the need for ease of use, the EB-450Wi is extremely quick, needing only a few seconds to start displaying information. The Instant Off feature turns off the projector immediately so there’s no waiting around to warm up or cool down, allowing teachers to focus on the lesson at hand.

Installation is not a barrier to schools with limited time either - the

Epson EB-450Wi comes equipped with an easy-to-install wall bracket which can be installed and up and running in as little as

30 minutes.

Protecting schools’ environmental footprints and helping to reduce costs too, the EB-450Wi has lower power consumption and a long lamp life. The environment is not the only thing that’s protected, schools’ investments are safeguarded through several safety features (including password, protected user logo, lockable security bar and security sticker) and a specialised education warranty.

Launched in January 2010, the Epson EB-450Wi has captured the imagination of teachers and pupils alike, enhancing both teaching and learning by offering a secure, easy-to-use, complete classroom solution at an affordable price – making it a truly exciting product within the education sector.

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The Epson EB-450Wi projector won the category

‘Projection or display product of the year’ in the

AV Awards. The Epson EB-450Wi has also made the short list for the 2011 BETT Awards.

Presenting

FEHE solutions

The university lecture theatre is packed as you take the stage to rapturous applause. You’ve been working on your presentation for weeks and you’re feeling confi dent it will be well received...

You’re right in the middle of explaining an important point, as all eyes follow you onto the projected image. Then suddenly, the projector lamp dies. Your presentation is just a blank white projector screen. How embarrassing. Having to stand there whilst someone tries to fi nd a replacement projector or you have to think on your feet and improvise.

More often than not, a projector lamp will dim over time, rather than suddenly stop working (unless a lamp is faulty and blows), but even so, that’s not a good thing to happen when you’re lecturing.

ANSI lumens installation projector with long life and low maintenance. Sony’s

3-LCD BrightEra technology gives you outstanding image quality. It does this by reducing the effects of UV light, it lengthens panel life, brightens the image and improves colour rendition.

This model features a very wide range of lens-shift adjustment, and interchangeable lenses, making this a projector that installers can easily fi t into awkward places, often reusing mounts and fi xtures.

Plus, it is so fl exible that it can replace a very wide range of existing equipment.

A solution to these problems is to use a projector with a dual lamp system with automatic lamp-switching, such as the

Sony VPL-FX500L.

The automatic lamp-switching means that at the end of a lamp’s working life, another one, already in place, is brought into use.

So you don’t have to worry about dim or faulty lamps, leaving you to concentrate on your presentations.

Maintenance is kept to an absolute minimum. Automatic lamp-switching means that at the end of a lamp’s working life, another one, already in place, is brought into use. The dual lamp capacity,

Manufactured especially for the FEHE sector, the Sony VPL-FX500L is the perfect choice for venues that need an ultra high brightness, XGA projector with a high quality image and low maintenance costs, for auditoriums, lecture theatres and conference halls.

The Sony VPL-FX500L is a versatile and ultra-bright BrightEra 3-LCD, 7,000 auto-switched gives effectively 6000 high or 8000 standard lamp life. Synchronised lamp and fi lter cycles halve the required number of maintenance visits.

A D-Sub15 output for external monitor connection, means that you can have a monitor on the lectern so that you can view your presentation whilst facing your audience, instead of having to turn round to look at the projector screen behind you.

The Sony VPL-FX500L comes without a lens, so that you can choose the one that best fi ts your application.

Sony optional lenses

VPLL-Z4015 short throw lens

VPLL-Z4019 standard lens

VPLL-Z4025 mid throw lens

VPLL-Z4045 long throw lens

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Education projector

comparisons

Model ANSI Weight Pixels

Lumens Kg

Casio XJ-A130EDU 2000

Casio XJ-A140EDU

2500

Casio XJ-A145EDU 2500

Casio XJ-A240EDU

2500

Casio XJ-A245EDU 2500

Casio XJ-A150EDU

3000

C asio XJ-A155EDU 3000

Casio XJ-A250EDU

3000

Casio XJ-A255EDU 3000

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

Unit Life Cycle Contrast

Hours (up to)

1024x768 20000

1024x768 20000

1024x768 20000

1280x800 20000

1280x800 20000

1024x768 20000

1024x768 20000

1280x800 20000

1280x800 20000

Ratio

1800

1800

1800

1800

1800

1800

1800

1800

1800

Technology HD

Ready

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Additional

Laser/LED Light Source

Laser/LED Light Source

Manufacturer

Warranty

5 year swap out

5 year swap out

The Casio 5 year / 10,000 hours warranty extension for education applies to the light source only, the rest of the unit is covered by the standard 3 year swap-out warranty.

Details, competitive prices and manufacturers specifi cation sheets at http://www.wedgwood-group.com/casio.htm

LED Unit Life

Warranty

10,000 hours

Laser/LED Light Source 5 year swap out 10,000 hours

Laser/LED Light Source 5 year swap out 10,000 hours

Laser/LED Light Source 5 year swap out 10,000 hours

Laser/LED Light Source 5 year swap out 10,000 hours

Laser/LED Light Source 5 year swap out 10,000 hours

Laser/LED Light Source 5 year swap out 10,000 hours

Laser/LED Light Source 5 year swap out 10,000 hours

10,000 hours

SRP

Ex.VAT

£764

£837

£983

£999

£1,099

£1,099

£1,225

£1,249

£1,499

Model ANSI Weight Pixels

Lumens Kg

Epson EB-X9

Epson EB-W9

Epson EB-84L

Epson EB-W8D

Epson EB-84He

Epson EB-825H

Epson EB-1830

Epson EB-440W

Epson EB-450W

2200

2500

Epson EB-460 3000

Epson EB-450Wi 2500

Epson EB-460i

Epson EB-1915

3000

4000

Epson EB-1925W 4000

Epson EB-G5600 4500

Epson EB-G5650W 4500

2500

2500

2400

2500

2600

3000

3500

5.8

3.5

3.5

6.7

6.8

5.7

5.7

5.7

5.8

2.3

2.3

3.1

4.3

3.1

3.1

3.4

Lamp life Contrast Technology HD Additional

Hours (up to) Ratio

1024x768 4000

1280x800 4000

1024x768 5000

1280x800 4000

1024x768 5000

1024x768 5000

1024x768 2500

1280x800 2500

1280x800 2500

1024x768 2500

1280x800 2500

1024x768 2500

1024x768 2500

1280x800 2500

1024x768 2000

1280x800 2000

2000

2000

2000

3000

2000

2000

2000

1600

2000

2000

2000

2000

2000

2000

1000

2000

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

Ready

Manufacturer

Warranty

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

No

No

No

No

Ultra short throw

Ultra short throw

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

Ultra short throw 3 year onsite

Ultra short throw, Interactive 3 year onsite

No

No

Ultra short throw, Interactive 3 year onsite

3 year onsite

Yes

No

Yes

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

3 year onsite

Manufacturer

Lamp Warranty

3 year (1 lamp)

1 year

3 year unlimited

3 year (1 lamp)

3 year unlimited

1 year

1 year

3 year unlimited

3 year unlimited

3 year unlimited

3 year unlimited

3 year unlimited

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 year

Details, competitive prices and manufacturers specifi cation sheets at www.wedgwood-group.com/epson.htm

SRP Ex.VAT

£1,159

£1,239

£1,399

£1,569

£1,699

£1,669

£1,799

£2,059

£2,679

£360

£485

£549

£621

£730

£949

£989

Model ANSI Weight Pixels

Lumens Kg

Lamp life Contrast Technology HD

Hours (up to) Ratio Ready

Additional

Optoma EX531P-EDU 2600

Optoma EW536 3D 2800

Optoma EX542i-EDU 2700

Optoma EX610ST 3000

Optoma EW610ST

Optoma EX762

Optoma EX779

3100

4000

4500

2.3

2.3

2.9

3.1

3.1

2.9

3.5

1024x768

1280x800

1024x768

1024x768

1280x800

1024x768

1024x768

4000

3000

5000

3000

3000

4000

3000

2500

3000

3000

3000

3000

3000

3000

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

Details, competitive prices and manufacturers specifi cation sheets at www.wedgwood-group.com/optoma.htm

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

3D Capable

3D Capable

3D Capable

Short throw

Manufacturer

Warranty

Manufacturer

Lamp Warranty

SRP

Ex.VAT

Widescreen Short throw 3 year hot swap 6 months/ 1000 hours* £780

Bright, 3D capable 3 year hot swap 6 months/ 1000 hours* £960

Bright, 3D capable 3 year hot swap 6 months/ 1000 hours* £1,080

3 year de/reinstall 3 year lamp/ 1500 hours* £480

3 year hot swap 6 months/ 1000 hours* £540

3 year de/reinstall 3 year lamp/ 1500 hours* £630

3 year hot swap 6 months/ 1000 hours* £680

* whichever is sooner.

Lamp life

Projector lamps are consumables and the cost of replacement lamps should be taken into consideration when purchasing projectors. Most projectors can be operated in eco mode, thus prolonging the lamp life.

Contrast ratio

The contrast ratio is the ratio between white and black when projected on a screen. The higher the number, the better the projector is at projecting black. A high contrast ratio gives betters colours especially with videos.

HD Ready

To be HD Ready a projector has to be widescreen, have a minimum of 720 lines (1280x720 pixels) and either a DVI (digital video input) or

HDMI (high defi nition multimedia interface) input.

True HD has 1080 lines (1920x1080 pixels).

ANSI lumens

Projector brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. An ANSI lumen is a standard unit of brightness as defi ned by the American National

Standards Institute.

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Pixels

The majority of these projectors are 1024x768 non-widescreen or 1280x800 widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio. If you are using a widescreen whiteboard then go for a widescreen projector.

M a nufacturer warranties

Return to base (RTB) - you have to return it for repair. Swap out - a projector of similar age and usage is swapped out for yours. Loan replacement - you are loaned a projector whilst yours is repaired. On-site - an engineer comes to site to repair the projector. De/reinstall - an engineer removes it from the wall or ceiling, repairs it and reinstalls it. 3 year lamp warranty is sometimes available for education models.

E.&E.O. Accurate at time of writing. Specifi cations subject to change without notice. Manufacturer warranties shown are education warranties.

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Model ANSI Weight Pixels

Lumens Kg

Lamp life Contrast Technology HD

Hours (up to) Ratio

Additional

Ready

Sony VPL-EW7

Sony VPL-EX120

Sony VPL-EX100

Sony VPL-EX145

Sony VPL-EX130

Sony VPL-EX175

Sony VPL-CX150

Sony VPL-CX155

Sony VPL-CW125

Sony VPL-FX30

Sony VPL-FX35

Sony VPL-FW41

Sony VPL-FE40

Sony VPL-FX500L

2000

2600

2300

2500

3000

2700

3500

3500

3000

4200

5000

4500

4000

7000

3.0

3.2

3.2

3.3

3.2

3.3

4.1

4.1

4.1

7.9

7.9

9.8

9.8

20

1280x768

1024x768

1024x768

1024x768

1024x768

1024x768

3000

4500

4500

4500

4500

4500

1024 x 768 3000

1024x768

1366x800

3000

2000

1024 x 768 5000

1024 x 768 4000

1280 x 768 3000

1024 x 768 3000

1024x768 6000

1000

2500

2200

4000

700

4000

650

650

650

2000

2000

700

700

2500

DLP

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

LCD

3xLCD

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No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

RJ45

RJ45

RJ45

RJ45

Dual lamp system

Manufacturer Manufacturer

Warranty Lamp Warranty

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

3 year RTB

90 days / 500 hours*

90 days / 500 hours*

90 days / 500 hours*

90 days / 500 hours*

90 days / 500 hours*

* whichever is sooner.

SRP Ex.VAT

£370

£489

£547

£547

£605

£762

£1,100

£1,226

£1,640

£1,698

£1,955

£2,402

£3,148

£4,639

Pixels Resolution Aspect ratio name (screen shape)

800x600

SVGA

1024x768

XGA

1280x720 WXGA

1280x800

WXGA

1280x1024 SXGA

1366x768 WXGA

1440x900 WXGA

1600x1200 UXGA

1920x1080 WSXGA

Non-widescreen

Non-widescreen

Widescreen

Widescreen

Non-widescreen

Widescreen

Widescreen

Non-widescreen

Widescreen

Used by

Used on some older computers

Used by most computers with 15” LCD monitors and most non-widescreen notebooks

HD Ready video

Used by many 15.4” widescreen notebooks

Used by most computers with 17” LCD monitors or 19” normal monitors

Used by some desktops when connecting to plasma/LCD screens

Used by many 17” widescreen notebooks

Used by many computers with LCD monitors above 19”

True HD (high defi nition)

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Break away from front of class teaching

By Peter Jackson, Lincoln College

It is very easy to think that technology is complicated and too much in a classroom environment, but take a look around at what our students are using as part of their every day life.

How many students walk around campus without a source of music plugged in their ears? Even the most basic of mobile phone comes complete with digital camera, MP3 player and a link to the internet via WiFi. With a touch of a button the size of a pin head, you can be surfi ng Twitter or Facebook in seconds. These digital natives are growing up with this technology and expect it to be used as part of their education.

There is a proven need for colleges to become emature in the use of technology to support learning.

At Lincoln College we have interactive whiteboards (SMART Boards), in most classrooms and run their Notebook 10 software on all of our computers. This technology, in my opinion, is excellent as an interactive way of teaching. The college offers training programmes to help teachers improve their skills in using both the

SMART Boards and the Notebook 10 software. Training is delivered on a regular basis in order to encourage tutors to use the software and to keep up to date.

I have been looking for a way of breaking away from the front of the classroom, as I wanted to be able to move around the room, to interact with my students and for them to be able to participate in the lesson as much as possible.

The fi rst thing I tried was a hand held remote control, bought from Amazon for less than £20. I found I could move presentation slides backwards and forwards with a click of a button, but more importantly I could use the built-in laser pointer as an aide to create discussions by walking around groups of students. All well and good for PowerPoint presentations and basic slide movements when using Notebook software, but I wanted more.

So I contacted SMART to ask if they made a remote with more facilities for use with Notebook software. I was introduced to the SMART Slate

WS200, a new product that they said would do what I wanted.

‘It is very easy to think that technology is complicated’

SMART Board

Interactive

Whiteboard

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SMART Slate wireless slate

Wedgwood AV arranged for a demonstration, where I was able to try out the Slate WS200 for myself. The

Slate has a built-in battery that, once charged, will last for 24 hours of use. A simple Bluetooth USB stick plugs into any computer, a connection wizard helps with the connection and you are away.

Using the tethered pen allows you, or your students, to interact with the SMART

Board completely, and it is possible to use the full Notebook 10 software from up to ten metres away from the computer; dragging images, writing text, adding details and customising fi les are all very easy to achieve.

I am sure that teachers have a slightly different way of using their SMART Board and its software, and this is the beauty of the Slate; it has its own menu that can be customised by its user. Once you have chosen your menus and decided which side you want your tool bar, just print off an underlay and insert it into the slate, the icons from the menu work well and can even be customised for accuracy and touch on the Slate.

There are three buttons on the Slate that are set to be used to forward or reverse slides or to start a new presentation, again these buttons can be changed to do other tasks for you.

The tethered pen doesn’t need batteries, and also has a two function rocker switch on its side; again the functions of these switches can be customised using the control panel within the Notebook 10 software; the main use is probably the

‘right click’ function, allowing the next touch of the tethered pen to operate in the same way as a right click on a mouse.

Although my main reason for wanting a

Slate was to use it as an interactive tool with a class of students using Notebook

10 software, it will also work with most other programs on the computer. The only down side I have found is the instructions in the box; they could be better! But there is a link that takes you straight to a

.PDF fi le on the SMART website with full instructions. My advice is to print them off then sit and play for an hour to get the hang of it.

There is a proven need for colleges to become emature in the use of technology to support learning. Therefore, the next few years could be quite interesting.

Think how you want to enhance your in-classroom technology and start asking questions about what is available, you will be surprised. There are other teachers who will be thinking the same thing. When you fi nd it, please let us all know about it!

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eBeam Engage

eBeam Engage quickly transforms any whiteboard or wall into an interactive surface complete with speakers, microphone and magnetic keyboard, including touchpad, so teachers can remain at the board, not the computer.

Visit us on stand F108.

Preview new technology

Taking place each January at Olympia in London, BETT attracts more than

600 educational suppliers and around

29,000 visitors.

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.

Over 600 exhibitors will be showcasing all that is new and innovative within the industry, and as a visitor you will be able to pick up a wealth of knowledge to take back with you to your school, college or university.

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Recharge Trolley

A Bretford Storage and Recharge Trolley can solve your charging and security issues, and provide you with a solution for updating a full set of laptop/netbooks simultaneously. Visit us on stand E89.

iiyama Prolite P1905S

Designed to meet the increasing demands for Protected LCD displays within the education sector and has the latest power saving technology for long term cost savings.

See us on stand B69.

NEC 3D teaching with the ultra-short throw

U300X

The new U-series of ultra-short throw projectors, with integrated 3D capability and comprehensive inputs, minimizes shadow and glare to greatly improve the use of interactive whiteboards in schools.

See us on stand E90, Grand Hall.

AVerMedia SPB350+

The new SPB350+ platform Visualiser from AVerMedia features a user-friendly, front mounted control panel and 5MP camera. See us on stand D65, Grand Hall.

PolyVision eno

TM

interactive whiteboards

PolyVision integrates time-tested tools with innovative technologies to bring learning to life.

Visit us on stand

W16 and ask about eno one.

Casio XJ-A130

Unique lamp-free light source technology and a special extended warranty for education establishments makes the

Casio XJ-A130 a top choice for schools and universities. Visit us on stand E40.

Epson EB-450Wi

The Epson EB-450Wi interactive ultra short throw projector includes an interactive pen and built-in sensor to give any teacher total control of their presentation. See us on stand L20.

Hitachi StarBoard

FX-TRIO-77S

The StarBoard FX-TRIO-77S interactive whiteboard incorporates multi-touch technology allowing 3 users to operate the board simultaneously.

Visit us on stand G30.

Panasonic UB-T880 elite Panaboard

Up to three pupils can interact simultaneously; multiple points can be touched with a fi nger or the electronic pen and the hardware is ‘open’ to run different software applications.

Visit us on stand D102.

How to get there

Olympia is centrally situated and is easily accessible by train, tube, bus or car. BETT is only 2 hours from Birmingham, 3 hours from Manchester, 5 hours from

Newcastle and just 2 hours from

Bristol.

Olympia, Hammersmith Road,

London W14 8UX

By Train

Direct connections to Kensington

Olympia station can be made with Manchester, Liverpool, major towns in the Midlands,

London and the South East on the daily high speed BR Intercity.

Alternatively, you can reach

Kensington Olympia tube station easily from Kings Cross, Euston,

Victoria and all other main stations in London

By Tube

The easiest way to reach Olympia is by tube. Take the District or

Piccadilly lines to Earls Court then change to the District line service to Kensington Olympia

By Coach

National Express Coaches run services to Victoria Coach Station from all over the UK.

By Bus

These routes stop at the main entrance to Olympia: 9, 10, 27,

28, 49 & 391.

By Car

It’s much quicker and easier to travel to Olympia by public transport, but if you are driving

Olympia is situated on the

Hammersmith Road within easy reach of the M4, M40 and M3.

There are 16 car parks in the vicinity.

Parking at or near Olympia can be diffi cult and costly, but spaces at the car parks at the venue can be pre-booked using Visa,

Mastercard or Eurocard by calling

+44 (0)871 871 9809.

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Digital signage for education

Introducing digital signage for schools and colleges

There are dozens of notice boards on walls throughout schools and colleges.

Many of these are used for displaying timetables, results, displays of students work and giving information on events, etc.

A traditional poster is either a printed

A4 or A3 piece of paper which has been produced from programmes such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft

Publisher or any of the other word processing or desktop publishing packages. When the information on the printed poster needs changing, you then need to change the information in the software package, reprint and physically swap the posters on the notice board.

Digital signage is about using small and large computer screens to display still and moving posters which have different information scheduled at varying times and can be updated from a computer somewhere in the building.

A typical set up is a 42” plasma or

LCD screen connected to a computer

(which could be a mini PC on the back or a screen cabled to a PC base unit somewhere else) plus some digital signage software.

A classic example would be a screen in a school reception area. This can be used to display information on school events such as sports day, drama productions, after school clubs, parent evenings, etc. on part of the screen, and possibly examples of student artwork on another part of the screen.

Scheduling on the screen could be used to display different information at various times of the day. An example would be events information to parents in the morning bringing children to school or information on after school events. This could change to information to pupils mid morning, display of a canteen menu to students and teachers at lunchtime, student artwork displays in the afternoon and more information to parents collecting children at school leaving time.

When the information on the screens needs updating, this can be done from another computer on the school’s computer network. This will typically be done from the school’s reception or admin offi ce, where new presentations/ posters and schedules can be designed and sent to the computer attached to the screen in the reception area.

Other areas where digital signage screens could be used would be in student and teachers’ common rooms and even weather-proof (and vandal-proof) screens on the outside of buildings for displaying up-to-the minute information to students and parents in the school grounds.

Why not just use PowerPoint instead?

Many schools use PowerPoint on their

PC’s for creating presentations to display on screens. Microsoft PowerPoint does an excellent job of allowing you to design and display presentations.

PowerPoint is presentation graphics software and is one of the best presentation graphics packages available. Digital signage software is different to presentation graphics software. Understanding the difference will allow you to decide whether

PowerPoint, or another presentation graphics package, is a better option than digital signage software.

Most digital signage software packages have the following advantage over PowerPoint:

• Scheduling on an hourly, daily or weekly basis what is displayed on screen.

• Update of screen information over the local network or over the Internet.

PowerPoint needs the presentation changing and then you have to set it playing again.

• Some digital signage packages allow any application to ‘print’ to screens.

• Generally, support for RSS news feeds, for example, to display news from the

BBC website, and live video sources such as webcams.

Example school/college digital signage screen with different information scheduled for morning, lunch and afternoons

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• Some digital signage systems allow dual monitor support for displaying different presentations on separate screens or displaying a single presentation that spans both screens.

Example school/college digital signage screen with different information scheduled for morning, lunch and afternoons.

The advantages of PowerPoint are:

• Very easy to use and many people are already familiar with this software package.

• Large number of effects and transitions between slides, which are generally not seen in digital signage packages.

• Is already in use every day in education establishments.

• Licenses may already have been bought and PowerPoint is available for around

£100 plus VAT in the UK, compared to professional digital signage software that can range from £150 to over £1,000 plus

VAT.

• Supports a huge variety of audio/video formats, PDF documents, Microsoft Offi ce documents, etc, some of which are not supported in all digital signage software.

Displays

We have already mentioned the use of 42” plasma and LCD monitors for displaying information. However, you can use any spare computer screen you have around such as 15” or 18” LCD monitors or even an old projector which may have been replaced by a newer model.

Projectors, LCD monitors and plasma screens can all be used to display presentations created on digital signage packages or PowerPoint. Projectors have the advantage of allowing large images to be displayed at a low cost. However, don’t forget to take into consideration the lamp life of projectors. If you are displaying digital signage with projectors in school hours, then the displays could be on for over 40 hours per week.

Many of the new LCD and plasma

TV’s that you see in Argos and other high street stores are now very cheap.

However, you need to be aware that these are designed for consumers watching television around 4 hours per day and are not designed for digital signage. Professional screens are better constructed, have better manufacturer warranties and some are designed to be left on all day, whilst others are designed for 24/7 usage. Should you use domestic screens for commercial applications, depending on manufacturer, you could even negate the warranty.

Touch screens

Some digital signage packages are designed for use with touch screens.

Most shopping centres and airports now have kiosks with built in touch screens that allow the user to fi nd information or directions. Touch screen technology has moved on and this is an area we will be covering in future issues of Teaching

Technology magazine.

Advertising

Digital signage is also known as narrowcasting in advertising circles.

In many UK Post Offi ces you will now see digital signage screens displaying adverts for both local and national businesses. These are installed and maintained by advertising companies who charge these businesses for displaying their adverts to Post Offi ce customers. Potentially, there is room for schools and colleges to either advertise paid for courses (especially for night school) or even to generate revenue from local businesses advertising benefi cial services to students and parents. An example would be local piano teachers advertising lessons or local fi tness instructors advertising aerobic classes.

What you need for your digital signage presentations?

To compose and display your posters digitally, you need three basic components:

• Software to compose and display your digital posters, which could be

PowerPoint, OpenOffi ce.org Impress,

Windows Movie Maker, or a digital signage software package

• Dedicated PC or media player to play your message

• Display screen on which your message can be viewed (LCD monitor, plasma screen, projector plus projector screen)

OR, a solution that combines two or more of these components, for example, a media player with pre-loaded digital signage software, an LCD monitor with built-in PC, or an LCD monitor with builtin PC and digital signage software.

Presentation graphics software packages

The following packages allow you to design and play presentations and are either free or low cost. However, none of these do scheduling, so whatever presentation you play, it will keep playing in a loop until you stop the presentation, change it and play it again.

Microsoft PowerPoint screenshot

OpenOffi ce.org Impress screenshot

Microsoft PowerPoint (Presentation graphics software)

PowerPoint costs around £100+VAT in the UK and you need one copy (licence) per PC. You can insert text, pictures, movie clips (video) and sound. If you want to show a PowerPoint slideshow on several LCD screens, you could use a splitter box and output the slideshow to say four LCD screens around the school. The disadvantage of this is that you can only show the same presentation slideshow to each of the four screens.

Otherwise, you would need to buy four

PowerPoint software licences to use on four PCs in order for each one to output a different slideshow presentation to each of the four screens.

OpenOffi ce.org Impress

(Presentation graphics software)

OpenOffi ce.org lets you download a free copy of Impress, which is a tool to create effective multimedia presentations. You can also download their word processor, spreadsheet, database and other software packages free. Using Impress, you can also create Flash versions of your presentations.

In the illustration above, we created a single slide and brought in a graphic and then inserted text. We could have created a number of slides showing still images and text and then run this as a slideshow. You can also insert animated images, video, charts, spreadsheets and audio (music).

You can install Impress on any number of PCs, free of any licence fees and use it for any purpose, private, educational, government, public administration, commercial, etc. This means you can create your presentation on any number of PCs and output to display screens, all without any licence issues.

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Using Windows Movie Maker to create a storyboard presentation

Windows Movie Maker (Video editing software - presentations played through Windows Media Player)

Windows Movie Maker, which comes free with Windows, allows you to import video, pictures and audio. You can add a title, credits and effects and, once fi nished, you can save to your PC or onto a CD, send to the Web or digital video camera.

From your PC you can play your movie presentation, either through a projector onto a projector screen or onto a plasma or LCD display screen.

Please note that the version of Windows

Movie Maker is different on Windows XP,

Vista and Windows 7. The XP and Vista versions are limited as they will not output

HD video resolutions. Windows 7 allows you to make your movie in standard 4:3 aspect ratio or widescreen 16:9. You can select the resolution of your movie depending on where you want to upload to, for example, they recommend a maximum 1280x720 for uploading to

Flickr or Facebook, and a maximum of

1920x1080 (HD) to YouTube.

Wedgwood publishes a Digital signage guide, available free from www.lcd-monitors.co.uk. This includes instructions on how to create a presentation and touch screen presentation using PowerPoint.

Using Repeat Signage 2010 to create a digital signage presentation for a non-widescreen

LCD monitor

1365x768 pixels. Repeat Signage lets you design for these screens in full screen mode allowing you to place any number of pictures, text, scrolling text, videos,

PDF fi les, website pages, web browsers, real-time date and clock, etc., exactly where you want them, pixel for pixel.

Repeat Signage 2010 Standard Edition, which comes with a 30 day free trial digital download, is mainly designed to be used over your local area network

(LAN). This means your professional digital signage content can be taken across the school or FEHE campus, or to other educational establishments, via the organisation’s network. www.repeatsoftware.com

Digital signage software

Digital signage software packages let you create your presentation using pictures, animated gifs, text, Rich text, PDF, realtime date and clocks, video, webcam, web browser and RSS feeds.

There are many digital signage software products on the market but we found that most required the use of restrictive templates. There templates were either non-widescreen or widescreen and then just stretched videos and pictures depending on the screen they were being displayed on.

Repeat Signage is different. You design the presentation for the resolution of your screen. For example, you may want to display information in your reception area on a widescreen LCD monitor which has

Digital signage software packages which are available for digital download or from a CD, are often referred to as ‘stand alone packages’. This means you design your presentation on your own PC and then play it using a dedicated

PC or media player onto a plasma screen, LCD display or through a projector onto a projection screen.

Trying to play your presentation on your own PC to a display screen is not practical, especially, if you are using digital software that uses up chunks of your PC’s memory. It could be that you have old PC’s lying around which do not have suffi cient memory for your everyday needs but which do have enough to run your digital signage presentation. There are also digital signage media players on the market, which are basically

Optoma SignShow D5000 HD media player

small PC’s. Some LCD displays have built-in PC’s.

Media players with pre-installed digital signage software

There are many media players on the market that can be used to play your presentation to an LCD monitor, plasma screen or projector with a projector screen. Some come with pre-installed digital signage software, which means you design your presentation on the software and then play your presentation directly from the media player onto your display screen.

Optoma SignShow D5000 has variable resolution outputs from 480p right up to 1080p (Full HD) which allows it to be connected to any display device. The

D5000 can display any layout from a single media zone up to a maximum of

8 simultaneously for larger displays.

The media content can be a combination of live video (streaming), still images

(pictures) and message tickers (text messages), background image, date and/or time, weather, audio and database feeds.

The program creator software has user friendly programming with no associated ongoing running costs. The software is installed on your local PC as opposed to a remote server. Therefore, all content is secure and easily accessible. The player is very fl exible as it can be setup as a standalone or fully networkable signage solution.

Optoma also offer 15”, 19” and 22” screens available as a generic panel or full interactive touch capable. The surfaces are reinforced and screens can be installed in landscape or portrait formats.

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Current digital signage displays

Mitsubishi LCD public displays

Mitsubishi MDT series showing portrait mode

Mitsubishi MDT series of 42”, 52” and

65” LCD monitors are highly functional, durable, public displays for commercial applications. They have slim and ergonomic front appearance, with simple back design that easily integrates into walls, are Full HD and can be used landscape or portrait for

24/7 applications.

Mitsubishi MDT 52” LCD face-up

The 52” can be landscape, portrait or face-up. Mitsubishi have seen a number of different uses for these screens mounted face-up; in tables and as a path of LCD screens in a shopping centre.

Mitsubishi also have an LDT series of

LCD screens in sizes 32”, 42” and 46”, which can also be used in landscape or portrait mode. Bezels are broader than in the MDT series, and the latter two sizes are Full HD.

NEC LCD public displays

Schools and colleges must communicate a large number of messages simultaneously to a widely diverse audience including current and prospective students, teachers and visitors. Embracing digital signage enables way-fi nding messages, class notices and timetables, class changes, emergency bulletins and event promotions to be communicated in a clear and concise way whilst demonstrating a progressive technologyled environment to strengthen your school branding and PR. The benefi ts are multitude and best of all delivers a cost saving - both to your budget and to the environment. NEC offers a comprehensive portfolio of digital signage solutions ensuring a low Total Cost of Ownership backed by a robust warranty and support process.

NEC MultiSync® V-series including DST

Touch are entry level public displays ideal for education establishments making their fi rst move toward digital signage.

The MultiSync® Multeos series including

DST Touch, comprises 40”, 46” and

52” models delivering a 1920x1080

Full High-Defi nition image, easy-to-use confi guration and connectivity options and a strong aesthetic appearance.

The NEC MultiSync® P-series are highend public displays suitable for 24/7 digital signage applications, ideal for higher education, in 40”, 42”, 55” and 70” sizes.

NEC LCD public displays in a library

Sony BRAVIA B2B

DVD and Blu-Ray players and many older systems.

You can play media from a USB memory stick, straight into the screen itself. This is a simple way to use the screen for product presentations and picture shows.

RS232 is the standard remote control interface for digital signage applications.

Luminis 3D solutions

Luminis have a 3D enabled signage player with software and a range of 3D stereoscopic enabled screens in sizes 22” to 57” (diagonal). These LCD screens use lenticular screen technology which means glasses-free 3D. 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.

Obviously, you will only be able to view in

3D if you use 3D content. Luminis also produce a 2D all-in-one digital signage solution comprising a media player and signage software that supports Windows media fi le formats to create your own onscreen messages.

NEC also has speciality public displays with their X-series, such as their

MultiSync® X431BT, 43” bar-type panel.

This model is ideal for unconventional applications especially where space is limited.

NEC bar-type LCD panel

Sony LCD monitors

Sony BRAVIA B2B range includes the

KDL-X500P series. These are entry level, Full HD LCD screens in sizes 32”,

40”, 46” and 55” with wide viewing angle, designed for digital signage and public display applications. They are ideal for professional use in educational installations and come with a Sony 3 year warranty. This BRAVIA has HDMI,

Component and PC inputs for easy connection to computer-based players,

Luminis glasses free 3D solution

Wedgwood publishes an LCD monitor guide, which is available free from www.computermonitors.co.uk.

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Why choose

LCD

to help you teach?

Inspiring students and making the job of teaching easy can be a diffi cult task. The introduction of

AV solutions within the classroom over recent years has dramatically improved learning, and as with all technology there will continually be improvements made to the equipment being used.

located behind a 4mm or 6mm thick toughened glass. The glass not only protects the LCD panel itself but also keeps any unauthorised hand or objects from reaching and damaging the touch electronics. The glass is resistive to scratching and gouging providing the perfect vandal resistant solution to protect your investment.

Commercial LCD displays offer the perfect solution for classrooms, reception areas, canteens and visitor locations where a bright, informative and interactive display provides a digital alternative to traditional communication and teaching methods within schools, colleges and universities.

Interactive displays keep student minds on the task by making lessons both fun and informative. It would appear that more information is absorbed when using interactive solutions. There is also less health and safety and less maintenance issues to consider than those associated with projector based systems. Just think of it, no more bulbs to replace, no need to wait for the relevant maintenance person to arrive to replace the bulb, no more items hanging from the ceiling.

Although the screens can be large, ranging from 32” to 65” in size they can also be made extremely portable by installing them on suitable carts with casters. These carts can also provide height adjustments where required, allowing ease of use for students of all ages. The carts can also be used to transfer the units from one location to another and can also assist in the added security of locking the whole system up in a store room at the end of the working day. Of course the units can also be securely mounted to the wall using the standard VESA fi xings if preferred.

Of course interactive screens are not just an investment for the classroom; they are ideal for providing visitor and student information in reception areas, also providing information on events and courses, even to fi nd the way around the site. Digital Signage is now growing rapidly and interactive solutions are certainly leading the way. Whenever these products have been shown to education environments in the past it is quite astonishing how the ideas just rush from each individual and department on the many different ways they could be put to use and how they can save time and resources and ultimately those all important fi nances.

Fully featured 32”, 42”, 46”, 52” and a

NEW 65” LCD options are available, both with and without touch that all benefi t from high brightness and contrast, fast response times, motion shift and come with a manufacturer 3 year warranty for added peace of mind.

There are a number of different technologies available when it comes to touch operation; the

Mitsubishi range offers projective capacitive technology, this is the ideal solution for rugged environments that use basic button pushing and drag and drop type applications.

This technology features a resilient touch sensor

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Commercial over consumer?

Large format LCD’s are increasingly being used with many customers opting for a less expensive consumer TV solution; however beware! This could end up costing more in the long run. Mitsubishi’s range of commercial displays has specifi cally been designed for the long haul and hold a number of advantages of a consumer solution these include, longer life display, high brightness and contrast, scheduling functions, picture in picture and CAT-5 capability (MDT range only).

Going green…

Mitsubishi’s long term commitment in providing greener technology through innovation and conservation with our

3 ‘R’s’ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is applied in every step of our public displays business. All are manufactured using lead-free solder, recyclable metals and are compliant with both RoHS and WEEE directives; furthermore recycled paper is used in packaging and user manuals. The displays themselves are also equipped with energy effi cient features such as a screen saver and scheduling functions, enabling the displays to be switched off/on and preset times.

Educational solutions

Looking forward to learning

Focussing on education

The classroom environment must be confi gured to achieve the primary objective of education. All aspects of the classroom environment combine to have a formative effect on young minds as teachers work to transmit knowledge, skills and values.

Students today are greatly advantaged as schools recognise and harness the benefi ts of IT to enhance the learning experience.

Visual future with NEC

Display Solutions

Focussing on education means paying special attention to transmitting the visual learning content, to capture the imagination and attention of the class.

NEC projectors for education are fl exible, reliable and simple to operate as well as featuring outstanding luminous intensity and brilliance, ultra short projection distances and TCO certifi cations. Combined with an interactive whiteboard NEC offers the ultimate classroom tool.

NEC display solutions offers teachers, professors and trainers innovative, simple and fl exible visual solutions for an optimum presentation of the learning content even for a large number of participants, providing the basis for boosting learning effi ciency. With integrated 3D capability and comprehensive inputs a projection solution from NEC represents a wise investment for the future.

Education technologies not only support the transfer of knowledge to be learned, but also promote the distribution of information within education facilities and hence also create networks of communication.

Digital Signage is no longer in its infancy, but is a rapidly growing phenomenon enabling educational establishments to reach out to students whilst demonstrating a move to embrace the cutting edge of technology. As a leading supplier of digital signage solutions to education, NEC can reveal numerous practical benefi ts, best of all - cost saving - both to your budget and to the environment whilst effectively communicating with your wider audience.

“NEC sells a package, including the software at no extra cost. I have not looked back since making the decision to standardise on NEC projectors.”

Rolf Seidel, Stellenbosch Business School.

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Dynamically-driven content allows the targeting of information to specifi c groups of people. For example, this means that important meetings, appointments, directions, general information and emergency bulletins can be communicated using NEC Display Solutions’ LCD displays and projectors to a target audience for their particular attention. Whether in foyers, libraries, museums, reading rooms, cafeterias and training areas, NEC solutions offer a high degree of fl exibility, reliability and relevance, whilst saving time and resource in preparation and distribution of information.

NEC edu solutions

With quality and reliability the power behind the brand, NEC Display Solutions are an established and preferred name in the supply of equipment to the education sector. Visit the new NEC education website to discover how your establishment can harness technology for educational advantage. www.education-nec.com

Projectors

Mobile projectors

NP216 EDU (with 3D capability)

Desktop projectors

M-series, P-series

Installation projectors

NP3250-series

Short throw projectors

M-series short throw models

Ultra short throw projectors

U-series

Desktop displays

Value displays

AccuSync® series

Mid-range displays

MultiSync® E-series

MultiSync® EA-series

MultiSync® EX-series

Professional displays

MultiSync® P-series

Public displays

Entry level public displays

MultiSync® V-series (including DST Touch)

Mid-range public displays

MultiSync® Multeos series (including DST Touch)

High-end public displays

MultiSync® P-series (including DST Touch and Protection Glass)

Specialist Public Displays

MultiSync® X-series

MultiSync® X431BT

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New Classroom

Technology from

In the world where children have the latest gadgets and technology to hand, it can be a battle for the teacher to get their attention all the time with traditional display methods. Touch screen technology allows learning through the 3 main methods of communication; tactile, visual and aural, whilst keeping it fun!

The iiyama ProLite Touch Screen Range is available in a range of sizes to suit both space and budget and is based on the latest 5-wire resistive technology, meaning they can also be operated with gloves. Its accuracy and durability makes it ideal for schools, bringing interactivity right into the classroom. It also provides just the right amount of stimuli for the students to keep learning fun.

Windows 7 compliant and allows the user to zoom in and out, scroll, stretch, highlight and rotate on an amazing range of platforms on the PC by using certain tap, fl ick, grab and pincer gestures. You can also browse the web, email and draw while working on multiple screens, docking and or typing on the on-screen keyboard making it ideal for education applications.

In addition to the one-touch displays, iiyama has taken touch technology to a whole new level. The Multi-touch T2250MTS is fully

Protect your investment and the environment

For ICT rooms where durability is paramount, iiyama provide a Hard

Glass range of LCD displays. The toughened (8H) safety glass is fi tted behind the bezel which means not only can it withstand a high impact, but is extremely durable unlike retro fi tted units.

In addition, the eco-monitor features means that typically power consumption is as low as 12Watts and only 1W in standby mode – meaning long term power savings create overall benefi t of running costs for departments.

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LED lighting spotlights energy saving for education

Traditional stage lighting for drama and theatrical productions, end of term presentations or student fashion shows, are illuminated by parcans.

New technology in LED lighting now turns the spotlight on safer, brighter and energysaving stage lighting.

The Lanta Fireball Par64 LED parcan, for example, has 177

RGB LEDs made up of 60 red,

60 green and 57 blue Brite-

LEDs™ LEDs. Each of the small ‘dots’ you can see are individual LEDs.

When LED parcans came onto the market a few years ago, they were quite dull.

Coupled with the fact that you could buy a traditional par can

(the can that houses the par lamp), for as little as £15+VAT, it didn’t make economic sense to opt for an LED alternative. It was easy to forget how costs add up with replacement par lamps, around £27+VAT for a

Par 64 lamp. Plus the cost of coloured gels to slot into the front of the can, if you wanted to change the white par light to red, blue, green, yellow, etc.

When we recently visited the

PLASA show (Professional

Lighting and Sound

Association), which next takes place at Earls Court in London on the 11-14 September 2011, we were dazzled at how LED technology has improved.

Most LED parcans have presets so you can set the parcan to go through the colour changes itself, such as showing all red, all blue, then all green. This is probably all a primary school, for example, may need.

The Lanta Fireball Par64

PRO LED parcan uses Lanta

Ultra-Brite LEDs™, and retails around £199+VAT. This colour mixing model has twenty-four

3 Watt (3W) LEDs, comprising

8 red, 8 green and 8 blue. Full

DMX control enables colour mixing across a rainbow of hues.

What is an LED?

So what exactly is an LED? An

LED is a Light Emitting Diode which is a low energy light source, and unlike a par lamp, they never get hot as LEDs give off little heat, so are safe to use.

Energy effi cient LEDs use far less power than traditional sources, massively reducing running costs and allowing more units to be fi tted without upgrading power grids. Low heat output allows units to be fi tted in close proximity to each other. Also, low maintenance schedules with long life LEDs require signifi cantly less attention than standard light sources.

LED parcans

LEDs are available in colour mixing RGB (red, green, blue).

We mentioned that LED technology is constantly improving and there are now

TriColour LEDs on the market, such as the DMX controllable

Lanta Fireball Par64 TRI, which has 18 3W TriColour

LEDs and retails around

£219+VAT. In a TriColour

LED each LED contains 3 colours, one each of red, green and blue. It has a twin yoke that serves as a fl oor stand and a mount for lighting rack or bar. The barn doors on either side of the parcan, allow you to control where the beam of light shines, giving a wide or narrow beam of light.

Where a parcan allows

DMX (Digital Multiplex), then you can control the colour changes digitally to cover the full spectrum of colours, introducing yellow, violet, etc.

DMX is a digital lighting control that replaces the analogue devices used to control dimmers in a stage lighting rig.

This gives the schools chance to dim, fade, fl ash and chase at a slide of a fader from any standard DMX desk, controller or wall plate.

Long lasting LEDs

LEDs are long lasting, some lasting up to 50,000 hours.

They save on energy, give off little heat, making it more pleasant for people on stage.

Plus, there are no recurring costs of replacement lamps and maintenance costs to fi t the lamps. Therefore, you’d think with these benefi ts, education would switch from traditional to LED lighting wouldn’t you? However, the higher initial cost of purchase is a major infl uence.

Lanta Fireball Par64

Do I really need to go out and replace our working equipment with LED?

The simple answer is no, especially with the current

UK Government budget squeezes. However, when looking at replacing equipment or kitting out new areas, then LED is the way to go.

Lanta Fireball Par64 PRO

Are all LEDs the same?

Not all LEDs are the same. In the same way that you can buy brand name products in a supermarket and cheaper alternatives, then the same goes for LEDs. Lanta uses

Brite-LEDs™, UltraBrite-

LEDs™ and SuperBrite-

LEDs™ in its models.

Lanta Fireball Par64

TRI LED

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Is Your next AV

Installation Safe?

With 47 years in the business of designing and manufacturing mounting systems UNICOL provides some simple guidelines on your

AV installation, based upon BSI PAS122.

Where to start? - Site survey & risk assessment

A Site Survey should be carried out by a competent AV company who will be carrying out the work. Before any work commences, a risk assessment shall be carried out and include any risks highlighted by the customer. In any reasonably foreseeable circumstance the installation should be safe and take into consideration the following:

• Possibility of accidental pull-down force being applied to the projector or screen assembly during installation.

• The miscreant behaviour by anyone that would result in a pull-down force being applied to the projector or screen assembly during normal use.

• The risk of looking directly into the beam of a working projector during or after installation.

The installation

AV Equipment is generally fl oor/ surface, wall or ceiling mounted and it is essential to consider not only the loads being supported but any extraneous loads or forces which could be imposed.

In general the building structure and fi xings should be capable of supporting

5 times the combined mass of - complete mounting assembly + AV equipment including any peripherals being supported.

Any peak loads identifi ed in the risk assessment, such as the miscreant behaviour of someone hanging from projector or screen, should be taken into account when choosing the fi xings, location and mounting system. False ceilings should not be relied upon for direct fi xing unless the product has been specifi cally designed for that purpose i.e. small speakers, or a secondary mechanism has been installed to take the load.

Unicol compliance

Unicol prides itself with manufacturing mounts that have always complied with stringent safety limits with no known catastrophic failure of any of its equipment.

Much of this is due to the strength built into equipment at the design stage and the testing procedures carried out thereafter.

The materials we use offer a gradual resilience to overloading and will collapse slowly rather than shattering as cast materials are prone to do.

With impending budget cuts driving the need for even more effi ciencies it is vital to ensure that the correct mounting solution is chosen and safety is not compromised.

Any concerns, by the installer, about the integrity of the structure then work should not continue in that area and the customer should seek advice from a structural engineer. If a trolley (cart) is being installed then it should have undergone a recognised static balance test by the manufacturer.

Left: What better way to test one of our guardbox projector cages than to to have some miscreant lads hang from it!

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Ergo

Mounts

Space saving ergonomic computer mounting solutions.

“More than three-quarters of a million children, or 12 per cent of the total in local authority schools are in buildings that are more than 4 per cent over the capacity for which they were designed”.

Financial Times: 3 September 2010

With overcrowding in schools soaring over the last few years and predicted to increase further, it is becoming increasingly obvious that space is at a premium.

Educational institutions are being forced to make compromises in order to accommodate the growing number of students. In a number of cases, libraries and

ICT suites are being downsized or closed down to make way for overfl ow classrooms.

Space saving is key throughout the education sector and we at ErgoMounts have developed a number of ergonomic solutions which focus not only on this criteria but also on fl exibility and durability.

ErgoMounts developed the Ultra 510 workstation

(pictured), a durable solution that can withstand the daily rigours of a busy educational environment. It is fl exible and can be adjusted to suit individual users and it has the added benefi t of being future proof. Of fundamental importance is the fact that four workstations can be sited in a footprint of a mere 900mm2.

By eliminating desks and opting for static workstations with a small footprint the ICT area could be positioned in the corner of the classroom or library or even relocated to a foyer.

Additionally ErgoMounts can offer solutions capable of freeing up desk space, either by mounting a CPU or

LCD monitor to a wall or by bolting through the desk.

Multimedia suites can also benefi t from our ceiling mounted solutions, which can be adapted to mount both

Plasma screens and Projector mounts.

With many years experience of designing, manufacturing and distributing, we at ErgoMounts pride ourselves on our range of space effi cient solutions and continue to develop these according to the demands of the consumer.

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Up to three pupils can interact simultaneously; multiple points can be touched with a fi nger or the electronic pen. The latest Panaboard is true ‘open platform’ with unrestricted ability to run different education or presentation software applications.

Panasonic

Open Platform Multi-Touch interactive whiteboard technology

Panasonic UB-T880

multi-touch & ‘open platform’

Education Interactivity Matters,

Everything Matters

Keeping students’ attention is a major part of lesson planning and a key challenge for education professionals. It has long been known that interesting, engaging teaching material that keeps students eyes on the board and off their mobiles, and other distractions, helps educators deliver the curriculum. Panasonic has long been a strong supplier of electronic whiteboards known as ‘Panaboards’. In fact, just two years ago Panasonic was the unit sales global #1 according to Fuji Chimera Research Institute.

Maybe this is the reason why there is such great excitement around the global AV leaders latest; ‘UB-T880’ Panaboard.

Multi-Touch, Open Platform;

Panaboard UB-T880

What’s more, with the new Panaboard, not only can the Easiteach software supplied be used for creating engaging lessons but with the hardware being quite differently, ‘open platform’, it gives educators new, exciting possibilities to run many other education software programmes. Easiteach was introduced to enable teachers to plan lessons in advance, set up colourful and interesting challenges that can be downloaded, reused and developed for ongoing use.

Another feature that has attracted positive reaction is the highly durable surface of the UB-T880 which is able to resist the daily grind of everyday use. Sometimes overlooked, durability provides big benefi ts for reducing total cost of ownership and is now viewed as essential by many educators because replacement costs, spares and lost time due to equipment down time is to be vigilantly avoided. Panasonic is known for rugged and durable devices such as Toughbook mobile computing solutions which also present new opportunities for taking PCs on fi eld trips.

Until recently, touch sensitivity which enables both teachers and students to engage with content on interactive whiteboards has been limited by the number of students that can simultaneously touch and interact. Added to that, typical hardware has been restricted to using only software supplied by the manufacturer.

Educators know that using boards that limit the number of pupils can be frustrating; especially in a group work exercises where time and team work is key to helping speedy completion of separate task elements. This is one reason why educators are taking interest in Panasonic’s UB-T880. Up to three pupils can work together and multiple points can be used to manipulate objects through both fi nger touch and electronic pen. This multi-touch operation works exactly like popular touch responsive smart phones, mp3 players,

PCs and other tablet devices bringing new fl uidity and smoothness to the board and far greater interactivity in group work.

The new Panaboard is compatible with a range of accessories including; adjustable stands, wireless kits and infrared wireless microphone and audio system. It also has a large screen for a high-presence in the classroom with an 83” display area on UB-

T880W and 77” on UB-T880. Along with its built-in stereo speakers and 2 USB ports the UB-T880 gives an all in one comprehensive solution capable of solving some of the problems related to having to connect external equipment, plus the obvious security problems related with detachable kit that can easily be stolen.

The Panasonic slogan ‘Everything Matters’ was clearly in play when the latest interactive Panaboard solution was being developed.

Visit Panasonic at BETT 2011 to fi nd out more about all the latest enhancements and see why Panasonic interactive whiteboards are even easier to use, more open and more engaging than ever before.

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PolyVision eno

enhances traditional values with interactivity

PolyVision eno combines the simplicity of a traditional whiteboard with cutting-edge, interactive performance - without the trouble of cords, cables or costly and disruptive installation.

Capable of being used with a regular dry-erase marker or an interactive stylus, eno’s patented ceramicsteel writing surface offers an exceptionally smooth and durable surface for dryerase notes. By projecting computer screen content, teachers and students can directly navigate through documents, presentations or websites then save any interactive notes made ready to post to a server, print or email.

eno

– the environmentally friendly choice for interactive whiteboards

To meet the needs of today’s students while, at the same time, maintaining the durability of a traditional writing surface,

PolyVision combined e3 environmental ceramicsteel with interactivity to create eno interactive classroom solutions.

With e3 environmental ceramicsteel surface as the key component, eno is unlike any other interactive whiteboard. eno is environmentally certifi ed, safe, clean, and 99.9% recyclable. eno’s whiteboard’s e3 ceramicsteel surface comes with a lifetime guarantee and is built to withstand the hard knocks of classrooms and enthusiastic students.

PolyVision eno interactive whiteboard in use at Mellor Primary School, Cheshire.

Why Mellor Primary chose eno

Anders+Kern, the UK distributor of PolyVision eno recently spoke to Gemma Hulme, Deputy Head of Mellor Primary School, to fi nd out about their experiences with the eno whiteboard.

“eno allows you to use a normal dry-wipe pen, which is perfect for quick annotations, notes or just those times when you want to use a regular dry-wipe board. This means everything we need is incorporated in one board... there’s no need for separate boards anymore; there’s less clutter and much less distraction when teaching”

• 3 boards in 1 – eno combines traditional dry-erase,

magnetic ceramic steel and interactive performance

• Low cost of installation – No costly installation, and the board

does not require power inputs

• Kind to the environment – eno classic adheres to

environmental certifi cations, is recyclable and does not draw

from power outlets, so reducing your carbon footprint

• Long lasting –The lifetime warranty on the ceramicsteel writing

surface and its virtually indestructible functionality makes eno

a true environmentally-friendly choice

• Cost of ownership - eno will stretch and free up your ICT

budget for years to come

Wedgwood AV, an authorised reseller of eno, together with Anders+Kern are happy to offer demonstrations for schools, colleges and universities in the UK.

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“imagine how big your interactive ‘screen’ could be using a clear wall in the school assembly hall?”

Mobilise learning as eBeam Edge for

Education enlivens classrooms

Turn your dry erase whiteboards or plain walls into an

interactive surface

eBeam Edge is a device that is smaller than a board eraser and lighter than a box of chalk that can be added to a current dry erase whiteboard or plain wall to create an interactive whiteboard surface. In combination with the receiver, pen, a projector and a surface to project on to, eBeam Edge for Education provides a portable (or permanent) interactive whiteboard solution.

You can bring to life important skills and concepts when you use eBeam Scrapbook to combine authentic and relevant text, graphics, photographs and animation. Compare data from multiple sources and reach all types of learners.

Brainstorm, Share and Collaborate

This means that teachers can have an interactive solution that is truly mobile, thereby using different environments to generate creativity in pupils and appeal to different learning styles.

eBeam Scrapbook’s free software downloads, meeting sharing feature, export and save options promote multiple ways to coordinate collaboration. You can generate ideas, plan projects, curriculum units, review topics and processes between students and colleagues.

You can save money by having an interactive solution that is half the cost of a traditional interactive whiteboard, by using your current dry-wipe boards or even plain walls.

With embedded magnetic mounting system, eBeam Edge easily moves from classroom to classroom. Its one-touch calibration button means teachers are up and running in minutes. You can scale the image to suit your environment. Over 3m diagonal is the maximum! Teachers can use existing software and fi les alongside eBeam software to annotate and provide interactivity.

eBeam’s text and pen tools are available whenever you need them, to mark up web pages, images, and text before class and as your pupils contribute to discussions and demonstrate their understanding of presented material. You can even export your eBeam Scrapbook fi les to multiple fi le formats for easy emailing and posting to the web.

Distribute and Archive Content to Use for Assessment and Review

eBeam Edge for Education has rich curriculum resources built right in to make lesson planning easy.

You can gain the benefi ts of interactivity by pulling in images from Flickr as the search facility is integrated in the software, or from the gallery of images and material, on the fl y, or in prepared lessons. You can include video and sound as part of the material to appeal to different learners. eBeam software offers multiple formats, including jpg, pdf, and

PowerPoint, in which to save and distribute captured data.

Teachers can re-use and share content via e-mail and the web.

Students can self-assess their understanding of concepts with authentic and familiar visual artifacts.

‘This system is so compact, it’s so easy to move from room to room and the great pen design makes interacting with items on the board effortless’

Jeff Caswell, Maths Teacher, Arlington Middle School.

Navigate and Manipulate Data at the board

With an eBeam system you and your students can control everything on your computer from the board, so you don’t have to hide behind a computer screen!

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All the benefi ts of an interactive whiteboard...

without the whiteboard!

With interactive whiteboards now seen as the expected norm in the modern teaching environment, working in the classroom without the benefi t of interactivity can be at best disappointing, at worst restricting for the teacher. And the limitations of an installed interactive whiteboard rule out any possibility to share that system with a number of additional classrooms.

The new ProVue Interactive has revolutionized the interactive market by providing a completely portable solution which doesn’t need a whiteboard at all!

Featuring integrated infrared receiver technology within the projector unit itself,

ProVue provides what is now termed as a

‘virtual’ interactive whiteboard, controlled by the infrared ‘E-Pen’ and/or ‘E-Wand’ supplied as part of the kit.

ProVue allows for virtually any fl at surface to be used as an interactive screen; the wall, a standard drywipe whiteboard or projector screen – or curtains, ceilings, fl oors – even the shirt on your back if you so wish!

In addition, the size of your virtual interactive screen is only limited to the space you have available. Whereas a conventional interactive whiteboard is limited to the product chosen and installed, simply by altering the zoom setting or moving the ProVue projector further way from the projection surface, much larger scale interactive ‘screens’ can simply and quickly be achieved

(imagine how big your interactive ‘screen’ could be using a clear wall in the school

This completely portable solution is available in both short throw and long throw versions and is supplied complete with both E-Pen and extendable E-

Wand control tools, remote control, canvas carry case and software. Also featuring internal 8W loudspeaker, the ProVue is a truly ‘go anywhere’ assembly hall?..).

interactive AV teaching solution.

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AVerMedia

Visualisers draw praise from

Loughborough University

The Department of Design and Technology at Loughborough University has an international reputation for its teaching and research. With over 500 students studying industrial / product design at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level it employs the latest technologies in the delivery of challenging and rewarding courses.

In addition to the use of the more typical design technologies such as computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing and rapid prototyping, the Department uses a wide range of tools to facilitate effective teaching and learning, from web based resources to presentation media.

It has recently started using the

AVerVision SPC300 to support the development of sketching and drawing that is essential for the effective generation of creative design ideas at the start of the design process. Having been involved in the development of this area of the curriculum Dr Mark Evans has employed several techniques to support this, including the use of a video camera on a tripod for sketching and drawing demonstrations; providing all students with a product to draw; and now the use of an AVerMedia SPC300 Visualiser.

The AVerMedia SPC300 is mainly used in two ways to support the teaching and learning of sketching and drawing. Firstly, it enables the effective transfer of live demonstrations, via a data projector, onto a large screen. Whilst this had been previously undertaken using a video camera, the set-up time made this option not only time consuming but the presence of the tripod next to the lecturer made it diffi cult to position themselves so that this did not interfere with the free movement of their arm during the demonstration. Dr Evans comments that “with the supporting arm of Visualiser well away from the front of the work area, it’s now possible to do sketching and drawing demonstrations completely unhindered”.

In addition to its use for “live” demonstrations, the Visualiser now makes it possible for every student to see a projected image of a product by articulating the camera and selecting the required view point. This makes it possible to have an archive of individual products of varying complexity and present these to students as sketching and drawing ability develops over the course of the academic year. It removes the necessity to have enough products to give students one each and enables the lecturer to easily change the viewing angle during a class so that the challenge for every student changes.

Dr Evans and his colleagues have been impressed with the contribution that the

Visualiser has made to their sketching and drawing classes through its ease of use and enhancements to course content. “In terms of convenience and fl exibility, we now wonder how we managed without the Visualiser” says Dr

Evans.

The only limitation identifi ed is the ability of the Visualiser to register some of the subtle variations in tonal value during rendering demonstrations, particularly when using pastel, however, it is recognised as a feature camera and as technology increases, this issue will no longer be the case.

In summing up the contribution of the Visualiser,

Dr Evans comments that “Not only has the set-up time for each class been signifi cantly reduced but the way we can select and then interact with products being displayed has been a step-change for both students and staff. We look forward to working with AVerVision and exploring the capabilities of their next generation of Visualisers”.

“In terms of convenience and fl exibility, we now wonder how we managed without the

Visualiser”

Dr Mark Evans

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Soundfi eld - The

Mystery Solved!

Choosing a Classroom Audio System

In recent years sound systems have become more and more familiar features within UK classrooms.

The main reason for the increase in sound system use within education is as a direct result of the increase in interactive whiteboards and the huge choice of audio and video tools and options they give to teachers. But before you choose a sound system for your classroom(s) you must fi rst consider exactly what the system will be used for, do you want to use the sound system solely to support the whiteboard or are you intending the teacher using a microphone? This is a very important consideration and one that can make a world of difference in cost and functionality.

simply not suffi cient to cover an entire classroom and usually suffer failure quite soon after purchase, if your whiteboard comes with an option of a supporting sound system my advice would be to ask whether the system is a domestic or computer product and if it is don’t take up the option, instead buy a separate commercial audio system, it will most likely cost about the same, sound much better and last far longer. Computer audio systems are designed to be used one to one in very close proximity they are not designed for public address. There are literally thousands of basic commercial audio amplifi ers and speakers that will give many years use within a classroom environment and some come with fi ve year warranties.

Many of you will already be aware of the term ‘Soundfi eld’ which is the name that has now become universally accepted for classroom systems and as such there are now a variety of pre-packed ‘Soundfi eld’ systems on the market in a variety of shapes and sizes, each proclaiming itself the ideal solution for classroom audio.

Before we move on we need to dispel the mystery of this ‘new’ phenomena. The term Soundfi eld hails from over the water in America, there many schools have an installed sound system throughout the entire school that is used to convey information and messages to pupils and staff throughout the day but particularly during break times. When sound systems started to be used within the actual classrooms a word or term was needed so that the two systems in use could be discussed and referred to separately and as such the term ‘Soundfi eld’ was born. That is the extent of the mystery and the magic, the term ‘Soundfi eld’ is literally used to describe a basic sound system that is installed in a classroom environment.

Basic and cost effective is generally all that is needed in the classroom environment, there is absolutely no need to spend excessive amounts of money. The only thing that needs to be remembered is that you simply MUST use a commercial audio system and not a domestic one. Many whiteboards are supplied with domestic computer sound systems and in many cases these are

If it is your intention to use audio in the classroom purely as support to your whiteboards without the need for wireless microphones then the solution should be very cost effective and very quick to install and most amplifi ers will allow you to input other sources such as CD players,

MP3 players such as iPods and most do include the facility to input a ‘wired’ microphone. The only other consideration is how many speakers you will need to cover the classroom adequately and your professional installer will be able to advise on that, usually though four speakers is adequate for an average secondary school classroom.

If you do intend using microphones within the classrooms then things start to get complicated and more costly, the basic reason for this is that in order to allow the teacher to move freely around the classroom then wireless systems need to be used and because there will be a number of wireless microphones in close proximity then various different frequencies need to be used in order to stop the system and generally if you use more then three or four wireless microphones in close proximity then licensable frequencies need to be used and things can start to get quite costly.

The other alternative is an infra red wireless microphone system but infra red still requires line of sight communication, in that the transmitter on the teachers belt or neckband must be visible to the receiver(s) that are mounted in the

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room, if it is not then drop out occurs.

We have spoken to many teachers over recent years, most of whom don’t want to use microphones and it really is only larger class sizes that would benefi t from them, so long as teachers can be heard clearly at the very back of the room then microphones probably aren’t necessary.

With regard to microphones you need to work out whether or not the class size requires one and whether the teacher will use it and then seek professional advice from your chosen supplier / installer on the best way forward.

Infra red wireless microphone systems

TOA IR-702T

2-channel infrared wireless tuner

TOA IR-200M

Hand-held infrared wireless microphone

TOA IR-200BC

Battery charger for IR-200M / IR-300M

TOA IR-300M

Hands-free infrared wireless microphone

TOA IR-500R

Infrared wireless receiver

TOA IR-510R

Infrared wireless receiver

TOA IR520R

Infrared wireless receiver

Amplifi ers

TOA A-2030 30W

TOA A-2060 60W

Powered mixer amplifi ers

RCF ES3160

CD/USB MP3 receiver amplifi er

Loudspeakers

RCF Monitor 33

40W 2-way compact speaker

Choosing a sound system for your schools needn’t be complicated or costly, there are many superb, reliable and cost effective products out there that will give good reliable service for many years and assist both pupils and teachers in receiving and providing the very best classroom experience.

A Day in the life of an

Morning Assembly PE Lesson Classroom Listening Teacher Training

Playing educational videos Sports Days Stage Productions School Fete

There are two types of schools: those who do and those who don’t!

In the UK there are two types of schools. On the one hand there are those where a few members of staff know they have a PA system somewhere, and remember that it is used once or twice a year for sports days or similar events.

Of course most schools don’t use the PA system for every single event in the list left – and indeed there will be other schools that use a PA system for activities that we’ve not even thought of in the above list.

And on the other hand there are schools where the PA system is an integral piece of the school’s daily life and where department after department makes use of the PA system on a daily basis.

But the key point is that with a portable system, one PA system can be used for all these tasks around the school.

The strange thing is, in schools where the PA system is rarely used, teachers and managers often fi nd it hard to see why a PA might be used every day. It is one of those things where the benefi ts of such a system aren’t always apparent until you start using it.

However when this happens there are two vital requirements for the PA system. It needs to be sturdy, and it needs to be fl exible.

And that’s why we have chosen the Entertaina PA system.

Indeed it is not uncommon for most members of staff to be unmoved by the news that a new PA system is being brought into the school. However, most of them then fi nd that there is a very real reason why they should have a chance of booking it out each week.

If we take these examples of possible uses for PA equipment it quickly becomes apparent just how much demand on the equipment there might be...

All Entertaina units include a wireless microphone for public address and incorporate a selection of audio features including;

MP3 CD players as well as USB/SD card players for playing back digital music and downloaded audio or voice fi les, DVD players, which connect directly into a TV for playing education videos out to a large audience, variable speed controls for music, dance and language learning activities, battery power for indoor or outdoor use as well as powerful amplifi ers for reaching audiences of 200-500 people (depending on model chosen).

• School assembly

• Dance lesson (especially where the equipment incorporates the ability to vary the speed of music)

• Music lesson

• Stage performance in the evening

• School fete at the weekend

• Track and fi eld sports lessons

• Addressing parents in the school hall

• Drama productions

• Swimming lessons

• Football and other team game training where different groups are working on different activities across the pitch

• Sports Day

• Speech Day

• Classroom listening

They are in fact the ultimate in fl exibility, which is probably why most schools like them so much.

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Repeat Signage 2010 is truly fl exible 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.

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AVerMedia CP135 Flexible Neck Visualiser

• Crystal clear image quality • High-quality 3.2 megapixel camera

• Powerful 16 x zoom • Flexible arm – get really close to your subject

• Easy to use control panel • Versatile Aver+ software • 5 year Warranty

The CP135 is an entry level manual focus Visualiser with a high level specifi cation. Its powered 16 x zoom, together with its fl exible neck, enable users to get up close and personal with all subject matter, including fl at objects (books, maps) or 3D objects such as models or ancient artefacts.

High Quality Images

The manual focus CP135 has a large shooting area of

330mm x 248mm, which means that A4 pages can be displayed easily on screen. The Visualiser can also be used to capture and store still and video images. A high frame rate (24fps) means that video reproduction is seamless. For those wishing to capture still images, the product has an internal storage capacity of 80 images.

Free, Powerful Software

The CP135 comes complete with AVerMedia’s Aver+ software, which allows users to draw, annotate, record video and audio as well as setting up multiple-user networks and much, much more. User friendly menus give quick and easy access to hundreds of features giving you complete control of your CP135 Visualiser, whether you are a Mac or PC user.

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