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Samsung Techwin extends UF-130 line with UF-130ST

Samsung Techwin, world-class supplier to Mississauga-based Document Camera Experts, has introduced a lower cost model to the UF-130DX presentation station – the UF-130ST.

The UF-130ST has the same features of the DX model but without Windows CE viewer capabilities.

Samsung Techwin extends UF-130 line with The Samsung UF-130ST

The Samsung UF-130ST has a 1.32 megapixel, progressive scan CCD, and offers 720P HD image quality at 30 frames per second. Users can select SXGA or XGA output resolutions to match these native formats as well.

As with the UF-130DX, the 130ST includes active VGA pass through allowing any computer input signal to pass to the display, even when powered off.

Digital image rotation allows users to electronically flip portrait documents for the highest resolution output for text subjects. In addition, with the USB 2.0 port and Samsung’s software, the 130ST supports both Windows (Vista/XP/2000) and Mac (OS10.5x) providing full motion, full screen display for image capture, movie creation with audio, and integration with any electronic whiteboard.

For more information, availability, pricing or any other enquiries on the latest addition to the Samsung Techwin UF-130 line, contact Document Camera Experts now or call us on 1-866-593-8555.

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The classroom comes alive with SMART Boards

The classroom comes alive with SMART Boards

As a teacher, you know that it can be a challenge to capture the attention of students who are increasingly distracted by cell phones, laptops and other devices of our modern age.

Truthfully, engaging students in the learning process has become a challenge. A study published by Swansea Metropolitan University in Wales showed that teachers and pupils agree that active participation and talking about their ideas in the classroom helps children learn more effectively. But how does a teacher create active participation in a classroom filled with distractions?

For some educators the answer is the SMART Board (also known as the interactive whiteboard). The SMART Board is touch sensitive screen connected to a computer. Using the interactive whiteboard, teachers can create lessons or access thousands of pre-made lessons, write or draw on it, move images round, show video, do a PowerPoint presentation or surf the Internet.

The use of old-fashioned chalkboards is being replaced by tech-infused lessons that get through to the new generation of students. SMART Boards make the teacher’s job easier and more creative. They can store and retrieve lessons quickly, connect to the Internet and bring the outside world into the classroom.

From math to the arts, SMART Boards have been able to give teachers a new level of bringing a lesson to life for students.

Students are given new ways to approach problem solving because of the interactivity and visual approach of the SMART Board. A report from FutureLab noted that, “one of the most striking benefits of interactive whiteboards is that they can introduce ‘theatrical tension’ into the classroom.”

For instance, many math teachers will say, “Learning math is a visual experience.” With a SMART Board, the student interacts with a creative graphic of the math problem, while getting guidance from the teacher and fellow students. In many ways, this technology brings fun back into learning.

Alexandra Dunn, a Speech Language Pathologist for Upper Canada District School Board, is overwhelmed by the results she is seeing with students. “The transformation has been astounding; we are reaching students in a way we never could before.”

With the SMART Board technology, teachers are excited about the opportunities to enhance and evolve their lesson plans. SMART Boards are motivating students and teachers alike. The impact on student behavior is also noticeable to teachers and can aid in reducing the stress in the work environment.

“The only thing limiting the potential of SMART Board use is the creativity of the instructor,” said Dave Balfour, a SDC Teacher at Chimo Elementary School in Smith Falls, Ontario.

Through a growing collection of websites, including one provided by Smart Technologies, teachers have access to the experiences of other educators and lesson plans for their SMART Board. Also, teachers are sharing their class plans over the Internet. This lessens their need to recreate and reinvent and instead see what is working in other classrooms around the world.

“I am revitalized, invigorated, it feels like I’m starting teaching all over again after 21 years,” said Eric Thomas. “It grasps all students’ attention and makes whole class instruction easier and more meaningful for both the students and myself.”

Secrets to Becoming SMART Board Savvy

Get Trained
Look for professional development classes or seminars in your area. There are many things to consider when choosing an education partner to support the implementation of technology in your school district. Look for a partner who has a combination of experience, reputation and expertise to ensure a successful and smooth integration of technology in your organization.

One way to measure the quality of a potential partner is to look at the types of awards and certifications held by the organization and its workers. Out of class training and seminars, like those presented by Advanced Education, are a great way for teachers to see the possibilities of whiteboards beyond a way to present a PowerPoint. (Advanced Education is a leading provider of SMART Board professional development for teachers involved in K-12 education in Ontario, working with more than 5,000 educators each year.)

Read Up
Globally, the media and blog-o-sphere are starting to pay attention to SMART Boards and how they can transform the classroom and students’ education. There are great stories on how they are helping particular age groups, children with learning disabilities and different courses. Educators are posting information every day on their experiences including what works and what doesn’t work.

Get Hands On
The best way to delve into any new technology is to get hands on with it. When you have access, try out all the features and ask questions – you won’t break it!

Taking It Further
We are just at the beginning of exploring all the areas of education that are transformed by the SMART Board – the only limit is imagination.

SMART Boards in Action: Inclusivity
Meaningful integration of students with severe learning disabilities into regular classrooms can be a daunting task.

Thanks to a vision by the Psychology Department at the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), hard work by teachers, support from senior administration in the school district, and support from the Ministry of Education, exciting things are happening.

In the summer of 2008, UCDSB moved forward with a pilot project using SMART Boards to integrate autistic students into the regular classroom. Within weeks of starting the project, teachers were reporting exciting results. A parent of a special needs student from Chino Elementary School, says that the introduction of the technology has changed his son’s entire life outside of the classroom.

Alison Inglis, the project manager noted, “All students are included as active participants in learning academic content in relevant areas, ensuring they have opportunities to form social relationships and friendships with peers; and they acquire relevant, functional skills in non-academic areas. The goal for all students is meaningful educational and social participation.”

For many teachers, SMART Boards are a new and important direction to learning and creating inclusivity in the classroom.

Author: John Palbom


John Palbom is an education consultant with Advanced Education. Over the past year, John has conducted over 50 professional development courses on the SMART Board for educators in Ontario. Advanced Education provides SMART Board and other technology training, services and products to the education sector.Visit: www.advanced-education.com.

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Advanced partner AVerMedia scores hat-trick at 2009 products awards

It’s 1-2-3 for AVerMedia  – a world leader in digital multimedia technology and supplier to Toronto-based audio visual specialist Advanced Inc.

AVerMedia has been honored with three prestigious awards for product design – the AVerVision CP300 Interactive Document Camera  and the SPB350 Visual Presenter by the 2009 ‘iF’ and ‘Red Dot’ Design Awards respectively – two of the most important international design achievements worldwide. AVerMedia’s security division was also recognized with the CES 2009 ‘Best of Innovations Award’ for the EB1704HB WiFi-4 Security System, the world’s first security system that can be fully installed by anyone in under 10 minutes and provides crystal-clear surveillance video by simply powering it on.

AVerVision CP300 – a revolutionary addition to any presentation environment

Not only is the AVerVision CP300 Interactive Document Camera a revolutionary addition to any classroom, boardroom or courtroom presentation environment, it is an affordable visual solution with a flexible, compact design delivering a high quality live image and one-touch controls.

The 3.2 mega pixel camera head sensor ensures crystal clarity for live demonstrations, as well as image and video capture. The CP300 was chosen as one of 802 award recipients out of 2,808 total entries for the prestigious ‘iF Design Award’ honor based on design quality, innovation, functionality, material, ergonomics, environmental compatibility, and brand value.

AVerMedia’s SPB350 – innovation, functionality and quality all rolled into one

AVerMedia’s SPB350 Platform Visual Presenter received an international ‘Red Dot’ award for innovation, functionality and quality. Over 11,000 entries were submitted for recognition in many categories for this year’s ‘Red Dot Design Awards’. The SPB350 is AVerMedia’s first 1080p HD output Visual Presenter with a 5 megapixel camera, 160x total zoom and integrated lightbox for viewing slides, negatives or x-rays.

The EB1704HB WiFi-4 security system – advanced video intelligence

AVerMedia’s security division is also very excited about the CES ‘Best of Innovations Award’ for their plug-and-play security product. The EB1704HB WiFi-4 security system integrates a powerful Network Video Recorder, state-of-the-art wireless router and four pre-configured wireless IP cameras. It can connect to virtually any LCD or TV monitor and includes video intelligence that senses danger and reacts instantly by sending alerts accessible through a cell phone, PDA or remote computer.

Want to know more?

For more information on the AVerVision CP300 Interactive Document Camera, SPB350 Visual Presenter, the EB1704HB WiFi-4 security system or any other AVerMedia audio visual solutions, contact Advanced Inc. today or call us TOLL FREE: (800) 436-6239.

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Discover the power and potential of technology in the 21st century classroom

SMART Discovery Series 2009

Advanced Education is committed to helping educators make the most of technology in learning and will be running our new SMART Discovery Series at various locations between May 20 and June 2, 2009.

It’s simply the best possible way to experience the power of SMART Board™ Interactive whiteboards, Document Cameras and other technology products for the classroom – including the revolutionary SMART Table.

Whether you’re new to presentation technology in learning, or an administrator wanting to discover more, join the Advanced Education Group as we bring our SMART Discovery Series to a city near you.

Locations
Toronto – May 20 |  Mississauga – May 22 | Peterborough – May 25 | Ottawa – June 2

Sign-up and win!
Register and attend a Discovery Series event and you could win:

  • A SMART Board™ Interactive whiteboard.
  • Document Cameras.
  • SMART Response – Interactive Smart Response system.

Limited space
Events are FREE. However, space is limited to 40 people per session – so don’t delay book today!

To sign-up for these unmissable events, simply register now – it only takes a few moments.

Need more info?
See more detailed information about our Discovery Series including:

Advanced Education. Certified, curriculum-based, professional development from Canada’s #1 SMART dealer.

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