Lawton, MI, May 2002 — SAFARI Technologies, Inc., a prominent educational video networking solutions provider, announced today that students at Salina Public School District in Kansas would be getting the most technologically advanced presentation environment for their schools. Chosen for its innovative architecture, the SAFARI Video Network System is in the process of being installed at Salina with a district-wide concept.
SAFARI’s Network President, Timothy Beekman, says, “Salina is leading the charge for visual presentation solutions. Whether it is visual curriculum content, digital video, teleconferencing or distance learning, the Salina District is at the forefront of a momentum toward the district approach for delivering a wide range of visual media to its classrooms and media stations. Salina chose Bill Day, KBD Planning Group, Inc., Bloomington, IN, from several firms to assist them with this multi-million dollar effort. KBD is pleased to be part of this aggressive thinking process and has done an excellent job.”
Located in north central Kansas, the Salina Public School District has approximately 7,600 students in 13 schools. Converged voice, data and multimedia are delivered to the District’s Network Control Center (NCC) using the city’s Metropolitan Area Network. This NCC is the powerhouse for the District. It contains all the major new and traditional hardware in a massive head end and 90% of its educational content resources. The NCC transmits/receives both digital and analog multimedia to a mini-head end in each school, which then feeds each of the 568 classrooms and 35 other media stations.
What is visionary in this solution is its first-to-market architecture that integrates SAFARI’s Digital Media Commander (DMC) and its digital content video-on-demand system, called eDireq. The DMC is a device controller, managing the programming, distribution and selection of broadcast equipment or video conferencing. Its companion, eDireq, brings digital display and storage capabilities. eDireq houses hundreds of hours of copyright/royalty free digital content, allowing educators and students to research, save, present and share presentations. eDireq also has a State Standards Database and intuitively calls up visual resources for lesson preparation or for spontaneous instruction.
Dwight Christie, Director for Salina’s Management Information Systems, says, “Ours isn’t a wealthy district. Until recently, we had very little technology in our schools. However, in 1998 our community got together and passed a local sales tax to partially fund school technology because we recognized its value as a tool for learning. This sales tax, along with a commitment of district funds has made technology a priority. Now we are installing a state-of-the-art video system and the future is full of potential for providing our district with limitless resources. The biggest thing the SAFARI System affords us is flexibility, enabling anytime, anywhere access. We are discussing and evaluating all kinds of applications for the classrooms and other media stations in our libraries and gymnasiums, between the schools, among adjacent districts and the community at large. We have eliminated infrastructure barriers, allowing teachers to explore all possibilities. We will have the resources and the delivery system to impact the instructional and learning environment in our schools and beyond.”
SAFARI Technologies, Inc. is an experienced and innovative producer of high-quality video networking solutions in the educational community. Dedicated to the advancement of student achievement through visual learning, SAFARI provides access to a range of visual learning tools and ensures value through integrated systems, products, services and solutions from a client/server TCP/IP-controlled system to plug-and-play devices. Because of the breadth of its technologies and familiarity with the challenges and needs facing educators, cost effective, user-friendly and flexible systems are tailored toward each school’s budget, educational needs and infrastructure. SAFARI’s eDireq System delivers digital display/storage capabilities via a digital server. Through content partnerships, the system manages and distributes a vast collection of standards-based copyright/royalty free MPEG digital video. SAFARI’s uniquely engineered Digital Media Commander (DMC) delivers both digital and analog multimedia directly from the network to the classroom. The DMC can also be customized for audio/visual paging, intercom, synchronized clocks and security. SAFARI’s professional development staff contains certified teachers who train educators how to maximize their equipment’s effectiveness and assimilate visual learning into their lesson plans and activities. More information on SAFARI’s systems, products and services is available at http://www.SAFARIpathways.com
SAFARI Technologies, Inc.
Video Network Division
63855 M-40 Highway
Lawton, MI 49065
Telephone: 800 -782-7230
Facsimile: 616 – 624-7248
Contact: Judy Remington
Network Marketing Manager
(616) 624-7128 Ext. 11
>Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton-based companies CrossTec Corporation (www.CrossTecCorp.com) and Grandview Preparatory School (www.GrandviewPrep.net) have set up an educational partnership to help implement and test new technologies in the school with the goal of increasing student interactivity and learning. Grandview, a small private school, strives to make use of the latest technology to create learning environments that are highly engaging and interactive. CrossTec will be working with Grandview to integrate NetOp Remote Control and NetOp School computers to gain a quantitative and qualitative understanding of how these products enhance education.
According to David Richards, President of CrossTec, “Grandview is on the leading edge of educational technology with every student having a computer at their desk. Grandview will be installing NetOp School on each student PC to enable teachers to better manage technology and create a more interactive learning environment.” NetOp Remote Control will also be placed on every computer in the school, including students and faculty, so that network administrators will be able to immediately fix PC problems and increase productivity.
About NetOp’s remote support and training solutions NetOp School, winner of the 2002 Media & Methods Portfolio Award, has been shown to greatly enhance classroom interactivity by providing teachers with tools that enable them to broadcast live demo screens to participants’ PCs; mark up the featured screen to highlight a lesson; create monitored chat rooms or allow students to send them private questions via an instant message button located on student PCs. NetOp School increases student time-on-task by providing teachers with an easy way to monitor student PC activity while they work. This gives teachers a chance to see if a student is having trouble or is using their computer in an inappropriate manner. NetOp School also provides tools to help instructors multi-task their efforts, including the ability to send coursework and files to all student PCs, remote control students for one-on-one instruction, shut down or restart PCs and view the classroom participants and their screens in several different ways.
The award-winning NetOp Remote Control was designed specifically to meet the needs of IT professionals who require impenetrable security, scalability and real-time speed to control distant PCs over the Internet, networks or via modems. With NetOp Remote Control users can easily view the remote PC’s screen, control its keyboard and mouse, synchronize files, launch applications or chat with someone at the remote PC – just as if they were seated at that computer. NetOp Remote Control offers organizations of all sizes a rapid return on their investment by enabling IT departments to fix more problems, in a shorter period of time, without having to travel to that computer. CrossTec Corporation is the resource in North America for the award-winning NetOp family of remote management and training software products. CrossTec provides sales and support through a network of authorized resellers and directly to larger corporations, organizations and educational institutions. Future benefits of the partnership could include integrating the technology in portable hand-held devices, providing an opportunity for students to join a class from home if sick and for creating a distance-learning curriculum for other educational institutions.
About Grandview Preparatory School’s commitment to new technology Grandview Preparatory School is an independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory, co-educational day school enrolling students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The mission of Grandview Preparatory School is to provide a unique educational program that will fully realize the instructional power of new technology.
To achieve this mission, Grandview’s curriculum was designed to engage each student in the active pursuit of knowledge. According to Tom Janton, Chairman of Mission Implementation, “Through the integration of multimedia technology within a supportive, collaborative and nurturing environment, students will become lifelong learners who possess the skills, confidence, and flexibility to meet the demands of a future that promises the challenge of constant change.”
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>Lawton, MI, May 2002 — SAFARI Technologies, Inc., a prominent educational video networking solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with Instructional Resources Corporation (IRC), also known on the Web as historypictures.com. This alliance brings a huge collection of historical photos and videos into SAFARI’s digital content on-demand LAN-based delivery system, eDireq. eDireq will now be able to offer educational institutions an even larger assortment of the highest quality visuals from antiquity to the present for inclusion in presentations, projects, research, or spontaneous learning situations.
This new partnership builds on SAFARI’s commitment to understand the current needs of educators and equip them with superior visual learning tools to meet those needs. Because scientific-based research indicates that visual learning helps students connect concepts and real-world activities, both companies envision this partnership advancing the way media can boost interest, involvement and achievement.
SAFARI’s Network President, Timothy Beekman, says, “I am impressed with the way that IRC has carefully selected and prepared these full screen images and abstracts on all major areas of world history. The narrated overview at the beginning of each major area is exceptionally useful for placing the material in context.”
The partnership combines content with storage, delivery, display and management. IRC’s content covers four major groups: American History, California History, Western Civilization, and World History beyond Europe including Africa, Asia and Latin America. IRC’s content contains thousands of still images plus hundreds of video clips and historical audio recordings with transcriptions. These images depict historical figures, events, distant places, artifacts, ruins, maps, works of art and political cartoons.
SAFARI’s eDireq System brings the digital display and storage capabilities via a digital video server (SAFARI’s Management Server) and a digital video storage device (SAFARI’s Content File Server). Instructors love this system because of its easy, on-demand access to visual materials. The content can be searched by keyword or title and bookmarked for custom viewing. Students love the system because of its superior image quality.
Bill White, IRC’s CEO, says, “We are very happy that we can offer our product to educators through such as an impressive delivery system. This is a great combination and we look forward to a successful and enjoyable relationship as we actively refine, update and expand our image selections.”
IRC’s content will be available for purchase on SAFARI’s eDireq System in the Autumn of 2002.
About Instructional Resources Corporation (IRC) IRC is a small, privately held company, specializing in the assembly of high-quality history collections for educators and students. IRC has successfully developed, adapted and marketed their products for K-12 social studies and college history departments since 1977. IRC products are in use in every state and in several countries. IRC’s products have included slide collections, bar-coded videodiscs, html-based products and CD-ROMs which include The American History CD-ROM; The Western Civilization CD-ROM; The World History CD-ROM (a comprehensive historical overview of the histories of countries beyond the U.S. and Europe) and the History of California CD-ROM. These products are continually being improved and upgraded. The use of the CDs with PowerPoint has been very popular, allowing students, teachers, and home-schooled children to easily produce their own presentations. IRC works with television producers, magazines, distance learning projects, and provides image research for history books at all grade levels. Historypictures.com was the primary visuals source for the Annenberg/ WGBH series, A Biography of America.
About SAFARI SAFARI Technologies, Inc. is an experienced and innovative producer of high-quality video networking solutions in the educational community. Dedicated to the advancement of student achievement through visual learning, SAFARI provides access to a range of visual learning tools and ensures value through integrated systems, products, services and solutions from a client/server TCP/IP-controlled system to plug-and-play devices. Because of the breadth of its technologies and familiarity with the challenges and needs facing educators, cost effective, user-friendly and flexible systems are tailored toward each school’s budget, educational needs and infrastructure. SAFARI’s eDireq System delivers digital display/storage capabilities via a digital server. Through content partnerships, the system manages and distributes a vast collection of standards-based copyright/royalty free MPEG digital video. SAFARI’s uniquely engineered Digital Media Commander (DMC) delivers both digital and analog multimedia directly from the network to the classroom. The DMC can also be customized for audio/visual paging, intercom, synchronized clocks and security. SAFARI’s professional development staff contains certified teachers who train educators how to maximize their equipment’s effectiveness and assimilate visual learning into their lesson plans and activities. More information on SAFARI’s systems, products and services is available at http://www.SAFARIpathways.com
SAFARI Technologies, Inc.
Video Network Division
63855 M-40 Highway
Lawton, MI 49065
Telephone: 800 – 782-7230
Facsimile: 616 – 624-7248
Contact: Judy Remington
Network Marketing Manager
Instructional Resources Corporation
1819 Bay Ridge Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
Contact: Bill White
Chief Executive Officer
Tangent Computer, Inc.
Director of Makreting
800 342-9388 x1198
Burlingame, CA (May 20, 2002) – Tangent Computer, Inc., manufacturer of computer systems engineered for education and government environments, today announced a major introductory offer to demonstrate the value that Tangent Valera® DDR AMD Athlon processor-powered PCs offer to the education environment.
Tangent Computer is the largest computer manufacturer selling directly and exclusively to educational institutions and state & local governments. Customers include 350 universities/colleges, more than 2,490 schools and school districts, and 430 state government agencies, as well as numerous state contracts coast to coast.
While the supply lasts and for a limited time, the company will sell qualified school districts across the country a maximum of two high-performance Valera DDR desktop classroom computers with a free AMD AThlon XP processor 1800+. A maximum of 400 systems will be made available on a first come, first served basis through July 15, 2002. The introductory price is $739 and includes Microsoft Windows XP Professional as well as a three-year parts & labor and three-year on-site limited warranty and lifetime toll-free tech support. Complete system specs feature:
AMD Athlon XP Processor 1800+
10-bay ATX Mid-tower with PC 99
128MB DDR PC2100 Memory
16MB NVIDIA Vanta TNT2, AGP 4X/2X
1.44MB 3.5” Floppy Drive
40.0GB (1) Hard Drive
52X EIDE CD-ROM
17” Monitor 1280×1024 75Hz .27dp Diag.
10/100Mbit NIC, RJ45
I/O Ports 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 USB, 2 PS/2
Integrated AC97 Audio Controller
Internet Keyboard PS/2 with Palm Rest
5-button, 2-wheel Mouse, PS/2
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
3-year Parts & Labor Warranty
3-year On-site Service
Lifetime Toll-free Technical Support
$739 – shipping & taxes additional
Tangent’s Valera DDR PC offers ample expansion slots and drive bays engineered to enable easy deployment of interchangeable components. Campus IT professionals will have the muscle and flexibility to meet requirements across the enterprise. DDR RAM is expandable to 1.5GB or add a CD-RW and capture everything the class creates.
The complete line of Tangent products features AMD and Intel® processor-based high-performance desktops, notebooks and servers, and mobile, wireless classrooms. Tangent Thin Client networks offer a managed-service technology environment while Remote Management, Network & Support Services help improve network performance and identify problems before they affect users. The company is intent on taking the initiative to bring about innovative products, services and programs to the education sector.
About Tangent Computer Tangent has earned 8 Editor’s Choice awards from PC Magazine, Recommended Product awards from Windows Magazine and Best Buy awards from PC World (the latest, November 2001), and has appeared in PC World’s charts 18 out of 19 months, as recently as June 2002.
Tangent Computer corporate headquarters are located at 197 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010. Additional information can be obtained by calling Tangent’s toll-free number 800 342-9388 or by visiting the Tangent Web site at www.tangent.com.
For hard drives, GB equals one billion bytes. 2002 Tangent Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Prices and specifications valid in U.S. only and subject to change without notice. Shipping and taxes are additional. Tangent, the Tangent logo, and Valera are registered trademarks and Pillar and Network Alert are trademarks of Tangent Computer, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, QuantiSpeed, AMD Athlon and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Other product names are for identification purposes only and may be trade names of their respective companies.
>Calgary, AB — April 26, 2002 — SMART Technologies Inc. announces the SMART Camfire whiteboard camera system. Permanently mounted above a regular dry-erase whiteboard, this patent-pending system enables users to electronically capture high-resolution images of whiteboard notes with the touch of a button. Notes can then be saved, printed or posted to a Web site for future reference by meeting attendees, students, parents or teachers. As a self-contained solution, the SMART Camfire whiteboard camera system is always on and requires minimal training.
The SMART Camfire whiteboard camera system includes a camera boom and a control unit. The camera boom incorporates two 3.4 megapixel digital cameras and easily installs above a 4′ x 8′ whiteboard. Mounted beside the whiteboard, the control unit features a back-lit LCD, printer port, network connection and USB port to save directly to a USB memory device. Users press a single button on the control unit to save a digitally enhanced image of anything written, drawn or posted on the whiteboard. To record notes from multiple whiteboards, users may connect up to four camera booms to one control unit.
“With the SMART Camfire whiteboard camera , there is no setup before or during my classes, and I didn’t have to change my teaching style in order to use it,” says Kathy Burton, a math teacher at Willow Creek Composite High School in Claresholm, Alberta. “I have always used two whiteboards to write notes, and with the Camfire product I am able to use two camera booms with one control unit, so it is very convenient. Plus, both children and parents like being able to refer to class notes and assignments on the Internet.”
“Installing the Camfire whiteboard camera system in Mrs. Burton’s classroom was fast and easy,” says James Aitchison, the school’s network administrator. “In less than 48 hours, I installed the Camfire product, connected it to our school’s network and set up a Web page for her to post class notes. Now Mrs. Burton can capture images of her whiteboard notes throughout the day. At the end of the day, she literally drags and drops the Camfire files into our Web publishing software and – poof! – it’s on the Web, ready for parents and kids to view, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
“The Camfire whiteboard camera system is the perfect solution for organizations that are already using a whiteboard to write notes,” says Nancy Knowlton, president and COO of SMART Technologies Inc. “With its ease of use and accuracy, the Camfire whiteboard camera system makes it effortless to conduct a meeting or lesson, then digitally capture notes for printing or posting to the Web.” Software
The SMART Camfire whiteboard camera system operates with patented software that joins the images from the two high-resolution digital cameras and transforms them into a JPEG computer file. The software normalizes color, corrects keystoning and creates high-quality images of notes written on a 4′ x 8′ whiteboard. Even notes at the edges of the board are accurately reproduced. Availability
The SMART Camfire whiteboard camera system is scheduled to ship in the summer of 2002. For additional information, specifications or authorized resellers, visit www.smarttech.com/camfire or call 1.888.42.SMART.
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>Lawton, MI, June 2002 — SAFARI Technologies, Inc., a prominent educational video networking solutions provider, announced today that its partnership with “The Video Encyclopedia of the Twentieth Century”, owned by Sunrise Media, is providing mounting evidence that digital visual presentation tools combined with curriculum content is transforming the way instruction and learning takes place in the classroom.
Los Angeles Unified School District’s Thomas Starr King Middle School, CA, Houston Independent Schools, TX, and Red Hook Central School District, NY have been the first to install SAFARI’s new digital content on-demand system called eDireq . eDireq delivers digital resources from Video Encyclopedia’s library collection into the classroom for curriculum supplements and presentations. Ordering the eDireq system in November of 2001, the schools have just begun to reap some of its benefits.
SAFARI’s eDireq system brings the digital display and storage capabilities via a SNAP Server for Video Encyclopedia’s 87 hours of video news clips. Covering the years 1893 through 1990, the clips contain 2,338 full-motion video units ranging in length from 1-9 minutes. The copyright/loyalty free content includes culture and entertainment, Civil Rights, disasters and tragedies, human achievements, international affairs, major speeches, portraits, science and technology, social history, sports, U.S. politics and government, and war and military affairs. This powerful new digital resource is making a big hit with the school’s instructors and especially their students.
Los Angeles Unified School District’s magnet school, Thomas Starr King Middle School, installed the system as a pilot program to support their educational lab. Paul Robinson, SAFARI Regional Sales Manager, says, “Installing the system was such an enjoyable experience. It took about 2-½ hours to load and stream video on their 30 iMACS. Within 5-10 minutes after completion, students had come in and with minimal instruction were downloading pictures, pulling up videos, taking snap shots and totally utilizing the system.”
Warren Dale, LA Unified’s Technology Facilitator, also sees a lot of exuberance among the 6th grade students. In a school where 90% of their students do not have English as the primary language, eDireq is a real boost. Dale says, “They like the high content quality versus what they can obtain over the Internet. The quality and the full screen/full motion videos capture their interest and make the material so compelling they are willing to slow down grasp what they see. It is SAFARI’s use of the Snap Server to house the content that is the genius. It has made all the difference. The students are enjoying the system very much, especially in their homework and projects.” Dale boasts of a recent project where the students have used video footage to illustrate their poems. “They love the power of being able to manipulate good rich content at their fingertips.”
Houston ISD installed a pilot eDireq system running from one Snap Server to support both their PC and Macintosh training centers (labs). Houston ISD has chosen to introduce their system first to their instructors through a summer professional development program called “The Blending Educational Strategies with Technology (BEST)”. Some 600 teachers are expected to attend, selecting from a variety of elective seminar workshops in the language, arts, publishing and video production disciplines. During the workshops, the teachers will receive hands-on multimedia training to advance their technology application proficiency. This year they are adding a Social Studies workshop and incorporating the system’s content. Upon completion of the workshop, teachers will have finished their own technologically created project. This prepares them to effectively implement and use their technology tools with curriculum in the fall. Houston ISD is also hosting a “Young Author’s Digital Publishing Fair”. This successful event offers storyboarding, broadcasting and video production. Joe Chase, Houston’s Instructional Supervisor for Technology, believes the numbers of teachers and students who will benefit from using the system and its content are enormous. Houston is an excellent example of the practical benefits from eDireq’s integration into the classroom. These programs directly impact the ability of teachers to advance student achievement.
Red Hook’s new eDireq runs from their headend video delivery system to 40 high school and 40 middle school classrooms, servicing some 1225 students. Dr. Edward Zajac, Red Hook’s Assistant Superintendent, says, “The system is heavily used especially in Social Studies and our staff members love it. SAFARI’s content server system, eDireq, was a very wise investment.”
Darren Fleishman, Social Studies teacher for Red Hook’s 7-8th graders, uses the system for a graphical portrayal when teaching events that had a great impact on the world and society. Fleishman says, “The system worked out very well when I did a segment recently on Civil Rights. It stimulated our discussion on the speeches of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Black Panther Movement. These primary visual documents work well in assay comparisons to accomplish many of my goals. The video clips get the student’s attention quickly and are very clear and crisp. We are currently using the video clips for lessons on World War II.”
About Sunrise Media
Sunrise Media is a highly acclaimed and award-winning production organization that specializes in information programming for television and institutional and corporate videos. Originally formed as Alvin H. Perlmutter Inc., in 1978, Sunrise Media has produced hundreds of film and video presentations for network and cable broadcast and videos, CD ROMs and DVDs for special targeted audiences. Sunrise content represents a broad range of topics including public affairs, cultural, business/financial and health/medical. Sunrise has received every major award in the television/documentary/information industry. Sunrise has a reputation for creating high quality information programming that has appeared on PBS and the commercial networks, HBO and other cable outlets and, through collaboration with various international broadcasters, its work has been seen by viewers worldwide. Sunrise has also pioneered successful joint ventures with magazines and book publishers, translating such print information into engaging video formats. More information can be found at www.sunrisemedia.tv.
About SAFARI SAFARI Technologies, Inc. is an experienced and innovative producer of high-quality video networking solutions in the educational community. Dedicated to the advancement of student achievement through visual learning, SAFARI provides access to a range of visual learning tools and ensures value through integrated systems, products, services and solutions from a client/server TCP/IP-controlled system to plug-and-play devices. Because of the breadth of its technologies and familiarity with the challenges and needs facing educators, cost effective, user-friendly and flexible systems are tailored toward each school’s budget, educational needs and infrastructure. SAFARI’s eDireq system delivers digital streaming/storage capabilities via a preloaded digital server. Through content partnerships, the system manages and distributes a vast collection of standards-based copyright/royalty free MPEG digital video. SAFARI’s uniquely engineered Digital Media Commander (DMC) delivers both digital and analog multimedia directly from the network to the classroom. The DMC can also be customized for audio/visual paging, intercom, synchronized clocks and security. SAFARI’s professional development staff contains certified teachers w