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FETC 2014 EdTech Show Daily Jan 31

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E d Te c h S h o w D a i l y Fri d a y, J a n u a r y 3 1 , 2 0 1 4 4 ELMO Company Ltd., a leader in educa- tion technology for more than 90 years, recently launched the all new TT-12i Document Camera. The TT-12i, the suc- cessor to the popular TT-12 document camera, is now webcam compatible and UVC compliant, which means it will seamlessly interface with other technolo- gy in the classroom. A component of the popular ELMO Classroom Solutions bundle, the TT-12i displays and enlarges any type of teaching material with vivid, true color reproduction. The webcam capability of the TT-12i enhances lessons with increased interac- tion and participation. If a student is absent, the teacher has the ability to record the lesson and upload it to the Internet. The absent student will be able to instantly watch the recorded lesson and keep up with the rest of the class. The TT-12i also has the capability to save live images, play back saved images, pause live images and record time lapse video. A zoom dial and auto- focus button allow users to see the tini- est details. When its 12x optical zoom is combined with its 8x digital zoom, images can be enlarged up to 96x. The TT-12i camera column rotates 300 degrees and the camera arm rotates 180 degrees for virtually unlimited angles. Classroom presentations can be saved on external memory such as an SD card or USB flash drive. The TT-12i can be connected to a computer screen, a pro- jector or a monitor to suit your class- room needs. Some of the exciting features the TT- 12 has to offer include split screen, high- light and mask feature. With the TT-12i, audio enhancement can be added to classroom presentations via the built-in microphone or an external microphone input. As an alternative to those teachers who do not want to worry about connect- ing to a computer, the TT-12i can be used as a standalone product. The CRA-1 Wireless Tablet, another component of the ELMO Classroom Solutions bundle, allows users to anno- tate on a live image from anywhere in the room. The Wireless Tablet works seamless- ly with the TT- 12i, and the teacher can con- duct the lesson while walking around the class- room and inter- acting with his or her students. If a computer is accessible, the teacher has unlimited possibilities with ELMO's Image Mate Accent for SRS software. Image Mate Accent works with the third component of ELMO's Classroom Solutions, the Student Response System. ELMO's Student Response System allows teachers to quiz students in real time to receive instant feedback from each student, while keep- ing students engaged and focused throughout the lesson. The TT-12i, CRA- 1 Wireless Tablet and Student Response System all work seamlessly together to create ELMO Classroom Solutions. Visit ELMO at booth 831. For more infor- mation, visit www.elmousa.com, call 800- 947-3566, or email elmo@elmousa.com. ELMO ADDS TT-12I TO CLASSROOM SOLUTIONS BARTOW COUNTY SCHOOLS GET NEW START WITH EPSON BRIGHTLINK By Joan Stewart Smith, Stewart Communication When the Bartow County School System, located in the rural foothills of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, began rebuilding Adairsville Middle School, no one knew that a powerful tornado was about to devastate the small community. After the enormous funnel cloud flat- tened hundreds of homes and businesses, the doors of the new school opened eight months later. "The timing to replace the 58-year- old facility couldn't have been better— and part of the district's overall plan to upgrade its schools to engage all 14,000 plus students in learning through interac- tive technology," said Mark Bagnell, Director of Technology of the Bartow County School System, the state's 25th largest district located 45 miles northwest of Atlanta in Cartersville. Beginning a new era in collaborative learning, 720 students and 55 teachers and staff at Adairsville walked into a building twice the size of the old one, with each of the 65 new classrooms equipped with an Epson BrightLink ® 475Wi interactive projector, an ultra- short-throw projector + pen combination, plus a laptop and access to ebooks for every student. Managing Growth Bartow currently has 300 BrightLink interactive projectors, with plans to add 120 more this year. For the first time, teachers have a high-performance, ultra- short throw projector with built-in inter- activity and pen combination, for use without the constraints or expense of interactive whiteboards. "BrightLink saves us money because we can use our existing whiteboards or make a wall, dry-erase board or table into an interactive learning area," said Bagnell. With BrightLink mounted over a 16-foot white- board, it is no longer difficult to install and maintain projectors. BrightLink allowed Bartow to expand its previous investment in Promethean's ActivInspire teaching and learning software. "Epson's partnership with Promethean to sell ActivInspire to BrightLink users helps us maintain com- pliance with licensing and saves us money as well," Bagnell said. Opening New Doors Teachers or students can write with inter- active pens either directly on projected images or on content from devices like DVD/Blu-ray ® players or document cameras. BrightLink includes digital, HDMI audio and video connections for HD quality displays. They also can use the Epson iProjection ® App to project from mobile devices. Classrooms access a variety of con- tent, projecting large, interactive WXGA images up to 100 inches without shadow interference. With 2,600 lumens of color brightness and 2,600 lumens of white brightness, the BrightLink 475Wi uses 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant color images. Work in Progress A year after the tornado, Adairsville Middle School students are well on the road to recovery in their new interactive classrooms. "With interactive technology like BrightLink, we're changing the way instruction happens in our schools," said Bagnell. "We're giving students the tools to take ownership of their education and cross that graduation stage." Visit Epson at booth 631. For more infor- mation, visit www.epson.com/education. ELIMINATE COMPUTER MISCHIEF WITH FORTRES 101 Keeping computers free of accidental or mischievous changes is an ongoing battle. Fortres 101 is powerful, restric- tive security that limits computer access to only programs and files you allow. Fortres 101 desktop securi- ty can easily lock down your Windows computers. Fortres 101 prevents users from altering the appearance of Windows, downloading dangerous programs, alter- ing or deleting important files, changing printer configurations, accessing unnec- essary programs and installing or remov- ing software. Computers are always con- sistent and virus free. Prevent Unwanted Downloads With Fortres 101 installed, programs and viruses cannot be downloaded or installed. Fortres 101 locks down the desktop so when a user tries to download a game, unwanted program or virus, Fortres 101 blocks the action. Keep your computer free of unwanted downloads with Fortres 101. Save Time and Money Protecting not only the software and hardware applications, Fortres 101 also protects time and money by preventing damage to files and programs. You will no longer waste time re-imaging, ghosting or reinstalling software because of acci- dental or mischievous deletions and errors. Achieve Complete Control Fortres 101 provides complete control over every aspect of Windows opera- tions. Prevent users from interrupting the boot process, exiting Windows, access- ing a command prompt, adding, moving or deleting icons, altering anything about the appearance of Windows, installing, copying or downloading software, run- ning any programs not specified by the administrator, using low-level system tools, changing printer configurations, changing screen saver configurations, accessing unauthorized websites, erasing important system files, saving files on the hard disk and even accessing files on the hard disk. Fortres 101 will eliminate any fear you have of malicious or inexperienced users. You can achieve 24/7 security. Never again leave computers vulnera- ble. With Fortres 101 installed, your computers will be secure, consistent and trouble free. Fortres Grand Corporation Fortres Grand Corporation helps main- tain secure, clean, consistent and virus- free computers for education, business, law enforcement, emergency services and government in all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. Visit Fortres Grand at booth 1465. For more information, visit www.fortres grand.com or call 800-331-0372. Lee M. Oser CEO and Editor-in-Chief Kim Forrester Paul Harris Jeff Rosano Associate Publishers Lorrie Baumann Editorial Director Jeanie Catron JoEllen Lowry Associate Editors Yasmine Brown Vicky Glover Graphic Designers Ruth Haltiwanger Traffic Manager David Lopez Account Manager Enrico Cecchi European Sales EdTech Show Daily is published by Oser Communications Group ©2014 All rights reserved. Executive and editorial offices at: 1877 N. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ 85715 520.721.1300/Fax: 520.721.6300 www.oser.com European offices located at Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 11, 50125 Florence, Italy.

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