CHICAGO, May 1, 2007 – NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., a leading provider of innovative LCD displays, professional grade plasmas and projectors, and integrated display solutions, today introduced a new interactive whiteboard designed to increase student attention and retention. Created specifically for educational environments, the ImagineX IW77 Interactive Whiteboard can be used seamlessly with all NEC projectors for an integrated teaching/learning solution. The new whiteboard, which is available through NEC´s nationwide network of distributors and dealers, can be purchased via NEC Star Student, an educational rewards program that helps make classroom technology more accessible and affordable.
"Children are becoming more and more tech-savvy. This works to an educator´s advantage since studies repeatedly show that technology in the classroom can have a tremendously positive impact on a student´s ability to learn," explained Keith Yanke, Senior Product Line Manager, Projectors at NEC Display Solutions. "The ImagineX IW77 whiteboard enables teachers to create more interaction between the student and the lesson, as well as collaboration among students. It also gives teachers alternative ways to teach and can even be used to advance the faculty´s technology education."
Yanke added that when new technology is introduced to educators, so begins their challenge of finding a way to obtain the products and the budget to afford them in the classroom. "We provide educators with a one-stop-shop for NEC whiteboards and projectors – as well as other technology products – at great prices through the NEC Star Student program," said Yanke. "This program also gives educators great incentives, such as points that can be applied towards the cost of products and accessories, free 3rd and 4th year warranties, and access to trade-in, and lamp protection programs."
ImagineX IW77 Brings Students and Technology Together
NEC´s ImagineX IW77 has the ability to annotate over any application to teach everything from handwriting to music directly from the board. It even saves files for students to take home. Its Web collaboration feature gives teachers the ability to broadcast and share materials – the host simply broadcasts the materials over a network, and participants log-in to see notes and annotations in real-time. The new whiteboard´s mouse functionality makes it easy for users to control the desktop directly from the board with just a stylus pen, while the integrated PowerPoint presentation control allows almost instantaneous use of PowerPoint files in slide show mode. And its durable surface, made from porcelain enamel skin, can easily withstand the wear and tear of repeated use.
The new NEC whiteboard comes complete with three different interactive tools so educators can control the computer and course content. The SCRAPBOOK Application turns the image on the whiteboard´s surface into a digital workspace to record notes, import screen shots and other files as background images, save scrapbook files, and use layers to hide and show elements of a page. The Desktop Palette provides quick selection of major functions, including annotation and a pop-up keyboard, and the PowerPoint Palette allows annotation of, and navigation from, slide presentations.
Availability, Pricing and Warranty
The ImagineX IW77 Interactive Whiteboard will begin shipping this month at a Suggested Retail Price (SRP) of $1,799. The whiteboard includes mounting hardware, an interactive digital stylus and software. It comes standard with a two-year limited warranty. For more information about the ImagineX IW77, go to www.necdisplay.com.
About NEC Star Student Education Program
NEC Star Student helps educational institutions acquire visual displays needed to share information and move students to new levels of discovery without straining their budgets. Not only does the program provide schools with the best display products for their classrooms, but it also rewards them for their NEC purchases. All public or private, accredited and not-for-profit educational institutions involved in K-12 schools, colleges, universities and home schools with vocational and technical instruction or administration in the U.S. or Canada are eligible for the program. For more information, go to www.necstarstudent.com.
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About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative LCD displays, professional grade plasmas and projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for the education, enterprise, government, professional, medical and digital signage markets. For more information, please call 1-866-NEC-MORE, or visit www.necdisplay.com.