TCEA 2013: New school AV and presentation tools

Epson’s BrightLink 436Wi ultra short-throw interactive projector can be mounted on a wall or used on a table. Users can interact with projected images from a variety of sources using two pens at a time, without having to be connected to a PC.

A document camera that streams live, annotatable video to iPads; a mobile device charging cart that can identify various devices and deliver just the right charge to each; and a voice-activated system that automates the recording and sharing of class presentations:

These were among the new audio-visual and presentation tools unveiled at the 2013 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin this month.

Here’s a roundup of some of the latest school AV and presentation technologies announced at TCEA 2013.…Read More

Dell expands its Connected Classroom solution

The Latitude 2100 netbook is one of Dell's many new enhancements to its Connected Classroom solution.
The Latitude 2100 netbook is one of Dell's many new additions to its Connected Classroom solution.

A new low-cost netbook whose screen can be rotated so students can read electronic texts as if they were holding a traditional book, and a 3-D capable, short-throw projector that can turn any smooth surface into an interactive learning space, are among the new education technologies introduced by Dell Inc. on May 11 as part of its Connected Classroom suite of products.

The enhancements to Dell’s Connected Classroom aim to help teachers transform the traditional classroom into an environment where students can be prepared for life and work in the digital age.

“We’re taking a student-centered focus on using technology in the classroom,” said Mark Horan, Dell’s global vice president and general manager of K-12 education. He said the developers at Dell have tried to create products that address teachers’ needs, such as engaging the digital generation, differentiating instruction, teaching 21st-century skills, and improving the learning experience for students.…Read More