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ProductFocus A GUIDE TO ONE SEGMENT OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY • Kurt Eisele-Dyrli INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS ADD NEW TOOLS AND TRAINING IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD, INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS CONTINUE TO BE one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of classroom education technology. According to market research firm FutureSource Consulting, more than 300,000 interactive whiteboards were sold in the United States and 750,000 globally in 2009, which represents an increase of 34 percent over 2008. e firm also forecasts a 27 percent increase over 2009 this year, to nearly 1 million units sold worldwide. As a result of this “first wave” of hardware market saturation, a “second wave” mainly of software and hardware to support interactive whiteboards is well under way, which includes curriculum content and professional development, as well as accessories and add-ons. Manufacturers such as SMART Technologies, Promethean and Hitachi, and third-party developers Blossom Learning and RM Education offer basic and advanced training courses and professional development workshops for teachers and administrators. Curriculum software developers such as Learning.com offer whiteboard editions of their programs designed for whole-class use. Whiteboard makers are also branching out into manufacturing other components, such as student response systems, wireless slates, document cameras and audio systems, each hoping to make itself a “one stop shop” for districts looking for a variety of classroom technologies. Here are a few of the many new options to consider using in your district. EPSON BrightLink 450Wi $1,799 through Brighter Futures program This new system from Epson utilizes a new technology to detect touch. The ultrashort-throw projector is able to detect the movement of the included stylus pen when it enters the light beam, eliminating the need for additional hardware to detect a user’s movements, as in traditional interactive whiteboards, and adding interactivity to any surface, including walls, chalkboards or dry erase boards. This model also uses a 3LCD chip projecting XGA and WXGA resolutions at 2,500 lumens of brightness, and it can display at diagonal image sizes of 55 inches to 85 inches in XGA or up to 96 inches in WXGA. www.epson.com/brightlink HITACHI Classroom Stimulus Bundle $3,289 Hitachi has combined its new CP-D10 short-throw projector, StarBoard FX-77GII 77inch interactive whiteboard, and a custom mount from Premier Mounts into this new value package. The CP-D10 offers 2,000 lumens of brightness and XGA resolution, and projects an 80-inch image from just 36 inches away. The whiteboard utilizes a wireless two-button stylus pen and 14 shortcut buttons for operation; this package also includes Hitachi’s StarBoard software, with over 5,000 learning objects, as well as activities and lessons aligned to state standards, all designed for use with the company’s whiteboard models. www.hitachi-soft.com 64 June 2010 District Administration http://Learning.com http://www.epson.com/brightlink http://www.hitachi-soft.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - June 2010

District Administration - June 2010
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
Sustainability
Conversations
Administrator Profile
District Profile
Innovative Leaders Take the Phone and Run
A New Dawn in the Sunshine State
The Die-Hard Communicator
Cybersafety in the Classroom
Persuading Teachers to Go Rural
Product Focus
Research Corner
Professional Opinion

District Administration - June 2010

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