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Digital Educator Program Benefits from AV Donation

Mar 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Linda Seid Frembes

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Epson PowerLite W6

Epson PowerLite W6

For a K-12 teacher, gathering multimedia content and using interactive technology to interest students in learning can be a tough task. Teachers must somehow master the use of computers, whiteboards, and projectors to present content in addition to providing fundamental knowledge of the subject matter to their students. Teachers in Florida have a resource called the Florida Digital Educators (FDE), which provides training to educators in K-12 schools on how to integrate technology into their curriculum.

According to the FDE, its mission is to “enable students to achieve world-class standards by transforming the learning environment through professional education, follow-up mentoring and support, use of digital tools for the creation of content, the development of collaborative communities, and rigorous evaluation and research activities.” That means that based on the training provided, teachers will be able to integrate technology as a means to engage students in the classroom.

The traveling Master Digital Educators staff at the FDE recently got a big helping hand from a donation of 10 Epson PowerLite W6 multimedia projectors and 10 PolyVision eno interactive whiteboards. “PolyVision had a presence in Florida for a while so when we got the call, we were glad to join in and help," says Daniel Oey, group product manager for strategic markets and new business at Epson America. "The model of the program is that these trainers are the teachers of the teachers. The PowerLite W6 met the needs of the program because the trainers would be traveling; it is lightweight with all the features they would need.”

At an estimated retail price of $799, the Epson PowerLite W6 projector has WXGA resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio, which perfectly fits the PolyVision eno interactive whiteboard. The projector accommodates widescreen laptops and can accurately display widescreen movies or other content—a benefit that Epson contends is a future-proofing aspect to the product since more schools are moving to widescreen.

According to Epson, the projector also offers USB video, VGA video, and HDMI connectivity for high-definition-quality video. Digital audio is broadcast through its 7W speaker. Users also have the option of simplified projection through USB Plug n’ Project connectivity for quick, on-the-spot projection. The bright PowerLite W6 has 2000 lumens white light output and 2000 lumens color light output.

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