Document camera enables exploration of 2D, 3D, animated and audio-enriched content
DENVER, Colorado — June 28, 2010 — SMART Technologies announces the SMART Document Camera 330, the first document camera designed for education that is mixed reality ready. The SMART Document Camera displays mixed reality content onto a SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard. Users can then view and interact with the content, which may include graphics, text, video and audio.
The document camera also integrates fully with SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software. Without interrupting the flow of a lesson, teachers will be able to show enriched live images of 2D or 3D content, manipulate captured images from within their SMART Notebook lesson activity and then save images to SMART Notebook software’s Gallery for later use and review. Teachers and students can also use digital ink to write over images directly within a SMART Notebook page, keeping students engaged and focused on the content at hand. The SMART Document Camera 330 begins shipping globally at the end of June 2010.
“Students are amazed by the technology and the richness provided by mixed reality, and that, in itself, is engaging,” says Harvey Almarode, Staff Development Specialist and former graduate program instructor at James Madison University. “Once they’re engaged, it enhances their learning and understanding.”
Mixed reality ready – Manipulate and explore 2D, 3D, text, animation and audio-enriched content on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard by placing a physical object bearing a digital marker under the SMART Document Camera lens
Future proof – Easily incorporate digital and non-digital materials into lessons as additional mixed reality content becomes available
SMART Notebook software integration – Get one-touch access to the SMART Document Camera menu via SMART Notebook software and the SMART Board interactive whiteboard
Capture to SMART Notebook button – Quickly and easily capture images to a new page within a SMART Notebook lesson activity
SMART Document Camera menu in SMART Notebook software – Use one menu, accessed from SMART Notebook software, to control screen capture, image magnification, image brightness, auto focus and image focus
Simple connection – Connect with a classroom computer via a USB port
Flexible viewing options – Rotate the SMART Document Camera’s head and arm to enable easy viewing from multiple angles
Lightweight – Weighs only 7.6 lb. (3.5 kg)
Portable – Fold-flat design enables easy transportation and storage
Improved frame rate – Features a maximum frame rate of 30 fps
Multiple connectivity options – Easily connect to classroom projectors, monitors and flat-panel displays via DVI-D, VGA and composite connections
Sharp and detailed zoom – 5.2x optical zoom and 8.0x digital zoom provide vivid static and moving images
Multiple output resolution options – SXGA, WXGA, 720p and XGA
SMART product integration – Seamlessly integrates with the full range of SMART hardware products, including the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, SMART Table™ interactive learning center, SMART Slate™ wireless slate and SMART Podium™ interactive pen display
Download an image of the SMART Document Camera 330.
See how the SMART Document Camera 330 can be used to display mixed reality content in this video.
Pricing and availability
The suggested education list price for the SMART Document Camera 330 is US$799 in the United States. Prices outside the United States vary by country and may include applicable taxes, duties and import costs. The product will begin shipping globally at the end of June 2010.
Communicate Information across the campus or office buildings
Many schools and offices buildings have already embraced digital signage as a way to communicate information to students or corporate staff. For the most part, it’s used to display day to day information in a modern, attention grabbing way. More importantly, it offers schools and corporations the ability to easily place critical and time-sensitive information before students, faculty or corporate staff.
Broadcast Quality Channels
Audience.Campus™ enables corporations, colleges and universities to improve communications across their building(s) or across single and multi-site campuses (within individual faculties or departments). The ability to run up to 100 broadcast quality channels simultaneously through a single deployment – ensures that individual departments can control the content on their broadcasts and deliver hyper-local information, but also have the ability to display universal campus/office-wide content applicable to everyone.
One of the most important ways that digital signage can be used in offices or schools, is as part of the emergency notification system. Screens appear in prominent corporate locations or, when it comes to schools – in public places and residences right across the campus – and are an effective way to alert employees or students over a wide geographic area of a potentially dangerous situation.
Office and Campus Safety and Security
Safety has become a top priority for all corporate and educational institutions. However, when it comes to schools, the National Campus Safety and Security Project survey reveals that most schools have campus safety plans that meet miminum standards set by national safety groups. Not surprisingly, there is a real need for improvement.
Centralization is the key to effective and timely emergency messaging. While individual departments demand their own signage control and programming, emergency messaging must be able to pre-empt or over-ride departmental messages. It is for this reason many Office Buildings and Campuses are looking to standardize on a single digital signage vendor to synchronize emergency messaging in an effort to increase office and campus safety.
In an emergency situation, events change second-by-second and any alert system has to be able to reflect those changes in an instant. The Audience.Campus™ digital signage solution can save lives in emergencies by ensuring the corporate staff and school students are aware of events and have real-time information about where they should go.
It’s not surprising that Audience.Campus™ has become popular in large corporations and educational institutions. Designed to cope with a complex office / campus layout and its vast audience, an increasing number of establishments now want to take advantage of this digital signage software to create and display a broadcast-quality office or campus communications channel while working with a limited budget.
Interested? Advanced Presentation Solutions is able to work with corporations, universities and colleges that have already invested in a digital signage system, and help them unify their multiple systems into a single network, without the cost of starting over.
Download (PDF) the Audience™ Campus case study.
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We’re incredibly proud of the accomplishments our technology solutions have made over the years, and are especially excited for what’s to come in the future. But we also know technology doesn’t make a difference, if you don’t have the passionate people who use it. With that in mind, and along with SMART Technologies, Advanced Education is pleased to announce the launch of “SMART Love of Learning”. Simply put, it acknowledges and celebrates all those who share our passion for learning. It’s a first. And it’s also fantastic. Check out the SMART Love of Learning community online, or on Facebook. You’ll be able to watch “The Magical Classroom” — a brilliant and emotional brand film that pays tribute to teachers, with responses to the question, “Who do you think is the best teacher in the world?” We’re sure you’ll agree these acknowledgements are long overdue. Share a story for your chance to win a SMART Board for your school. We encourage you to pass on the links to anyone else if you like the work and agree with its message!
It’s a great opportunity for all of us to join together and give great teachers the acknowledgements they deserve. Thanks for your continued support. Check out the link below: http://www.SMARTloveoflearning.com Check out the YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/smartloveoflearning
Follow SMART on Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/SMART_LoveLearn Follow SMART on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/SMARTloveoflearning For more information about SMART products for your school, contact Advanced Education at 1-800-436-6239 or go to www.advanced-education.com .
EMC News – “That’s great!” the animated bear said in response to the correct answer given on a computer screen. Six-year-old Liam Baxter-Jeffrey is doing math on the smart board in his kindergarten class room at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School.
His teacher Pam Adamson, asks Liam to show me how this huge screen at the front of his class room works. This “smart board” looks and generates exactly like a tiny computer screen would. Liam double clicks a few icons on this five-foot screen and he is now reading letters and counting numbers.
“That’s very good,” Adamson tells Liam. The bear on the screen agrees.
Liam goes to his desk and starts to read his work book. Laurie Howard, his educational assistant helps him work on words. “Cup” and “cake” together make cupcake.
“That’s a muffin,” Liam says. “That’s right,” Howard agrees.
And then with the magic of technology, the page Liam is working on in his work book is now five feet wide on the smart board at the front of the room. Liam and four other students go to the smart board and take turns answering questions.
This is a kindergarten class. This is Liam’s class. He is learning. Liam is learning to count, learning to read, learning about music and computers. He is playing and learning to wait his turn. He is with wonderful teachers in a very positive and supportive environment. He is with his friends. This is inclusive education. Liam has autism.
Schools and teachers such as the ones at Oxford-on-Rideau provide the opportunity for children with an intellectual disability (such as autism) to be included in the mainstream classrooms.
“Liam is eager and keen to do things, he likes to join in,” Adamson says.
He enjoys songs and stories. Sometimes Liam takes a lead role and presents for the class. “He really loves the computer,” she states. This was quite obvious as he worked the smart board. He was certainly too quick for me to keep up with him at times.
Community Living North Grenville just celebrated May as Community Living Month and this year’s focus was on inclusive education. Though the month has ended, great stories about Liam learning and prospering in a class room with his friends need to be told. And teachers such as Adamson and Howard need to hear “that’s great,” too. The smart board bear would agree.
Advanced Education is proud to have assisted Oxford-on-Rideau and other schools at the Upper Canada School Board implement classroom technology for inclusive education.
To find out how Advanced can assist your school board, call us at 1-800-436-6239 or click here.
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