Twenty intriguing school AV products

eInstruction ShareView document cameras

At ISTE, eInstruction previewed two ultra-portable document cameras that seem like great values.

The ShareView 2, which will be available in July, features a 2-megapixel camera, 12x digital zoom, a USB connection, a microphone, and built-in LED lighting—all for $139. When folded up, it also operates as a web camera. The ShareView 5, which will be released this fall, features a 5-megapixel camera, an auto-focus lens, and adjustable height and zoom. It will sell for $239.

Both cameras come with eInstruction’s WorkSpace software, which allows users to control, annotate, and interact with instructional materials in multiple formats from many sources. The software includes access more than 4,000 images and other teaching resources, eInstruction says—minimizing the need to look elsewhere for content.

Epson BrightLink Solo

Epson’s BrightLink line of short-throw interactive projectors has proven to be popular with schools, and Epson now sells a product called the BrightLink Solo that, for $99, can add interactivity to any brand of pre-installed projector in a school.

“Using interactive technologies in the classroom provides educators and students with engaging, hands-on teaching and learning opportunities,” said Sara Kim, associate product manager of K-12 Education Marketing for Epson America, in a press release. “Now, for less than $100, schools and districts can outfit their classrooms with interactivity and further enhance their existing projector technologies in an extremely cost-effective way.”

To maximize classroom space, the BrightLink Solo Interactive Module can be used on any existing dry-erase board, wall, or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface. It provides up to 96 inches diagonally (WXGA) or 102 inches diagonally (XGA) of useable interactive area. The module comes with two interactive pens, wall mount hardware for easy installation, and TeamBoard Draw annotation software to create, capture, and share lessons.

Extron PoleVault Digital Classroom AV Systems

Extron Electronics’ new line of PoleVault Digital Classroom AV Systems are complete, easy-to-use AV switching and control systems that seamlessly integrate digital and analog video sources.

Each system uses economical twisted pair cable for transmitting signals and includes network connectivity for web-based management, monitoring, and control of AV resources. These standard, four-input systems include all the necessary audio and video switching, audio amplification, system control, source connectivity, speakers, mounting hardware, and cabling for a complete classroom AV solution, Extron says; all that remains is to add the display device and video sources.

(Next page: a portable audio system that can facilitate small-group instruction; high-definition displays with multi-user collaboration)

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