SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, www.hitachi.us, November 27, 2006–Maximizing the benefits of an interactive education, Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) in Vancouver, Washington has utilized Hitachi Software StarBoard panels, wireless tablets and Hitachi projectors for an interactive education research project. For the 2006 school year, Troxell Communications installed Hitachi Software T-15XL interactive StarBoard panels, Freedom Tablets and Hitachi CP-RS56 projectors in districts throughout Southwest Washington as a part of this project.

Educational Service District 112 is a regional service agency that enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, ESD 112 provides more than 300 services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. In an effort to assist districts in developing replicable, sustainable models of technology integration, the ESD 112 Educational Technology Support Center chose to tie the use of Hitachi’s interactive technologies to the nine research-based instructional strategies identified in the book Classroom Instruction That Works (ASCD, 2001).

Entitled the “Sustainable Classroom Grant Project,” the main objective is to develop a learning environment that utilizes technology for research-based instructional strategies, which directly impacts a student’s learning experience. Identifying the most valued technology solutions in a classroom, program director Debbie Tschirgi outlined an accompanying equipment program with the goal of creating a replicable classroom model of technology integration that stands the test of time, both technologically and instructionally.

“The T-15XL panels and CP-RS56 projectors fit perfectly in the technology strategy of the Sustainable Classroom Grant Project,” commented Ms. Tschirgi. “The interactive presentation products we use are key to the success of the project, as teachers specifically use lessons that lend themselves to these interactive technologies and strategies. Without their feature-packed performance and reliable operation, the program wouldn’t have the same level of success.”

ESD 112 monitors teacher adoption of the technologies as well as educational progress of the students, through an ongoing in-depth study of one strategy at a time. The first year included 10 pilot teachers and received such a positive response that the second year included 59 responding teachers. In its second year, all schools in the region are eligible for the grant by simply submitting an application packet.

Hitachi Software T-15XL 15″ StarBoard Interactive LDC Panels and Hitachi CP-RS56 SVGA Mutimedia Projectors are currently available in bundles through Troxell Communications and other authorized dealers.

About Hitachi

Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, produces and markets a wide variety of digital products for business and consumers. The division’s Consumer Group markets high-definition plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs, LCD projectors, and DVD camcorders and DVD players. The division’s Business Group markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEM.

Hitachi Software develops advanced interactive communications tools for education, training and boardroom applications including interactive whiteboards, plasma displays and tablets all powered by the company’s category-leading StarBoard software. For more information about Hitachi Software, visit www.hitachi-soft.com.

Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi’s product categories. For consumer products, please visit www.hitachi.us/tv. For business products, please visit www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia. For more information about electronic whiteboards and Starboard software, please visit Hitachi Software at www.hitachi-soft.com. Hitachi brand business products are connected through Hitachi’s OneVision program, which makes it possible for any Hitachi business unit dealer to sell Hitachi products from other Hitachi business units.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

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