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ELMO USA

ELMO Wireless Tablet, $399

An experimental initiative that tests the potential of augmented reality for K12 education began in San Diego in April, that equips fourth-graders from city schools on field trips to the San Diego Museum of Art with specially developed smartphones.

The emerging field of augmented reality is in its infancy. In the most general sense, the term "augmented reality" refers to mobile technology that enhances, or augments, the physical environment around the user with digital information.

Sony

VPL-FX30 and VPL-FX500L

Projectors

$3360, $7080

AMX

SchoolView, Audiovisual control system

Contact AMX for pricing

 

Smith System

Flavors Seating

Classroom furniture

Facilities, $82-$372

The popularity of thin clients may soon diminish as districts catch wind of zero clients, the latest computer technology that is even thinner and lower maintenance. Zero clients, small silver portals the size of a Big Mac box, differ from thin clients in that they have no internal processing at all. "It is more or less a portal between the user and the keyboard," says Mark Lamson, director of technology for the Westerly (R.I.) Public Schools (WPS ). "It records key strokes back to a virtual machine which is running securely in the data center."

Smoothwall

SWG-1200

Network security appliance

Hardware, $5,500

The latest trend in the rapidly advancing and fiercely competitive interactive whiteboard market reflects the ever-increasing popularity and global appeal of this technology: support for multiple languages. A variety of manufacturers have recently added or expanded their language resources because of U.S. demand for teaching ELL students, the use of the devices in foreign language classes and strong sales in countries around the world.

SERIF

WebPlus X4

Web design program

Software, $59.99 for a single education user, school site licenses starting at $1,499

SAMSUNG TECHWIN SAM CAM 860

Document camera

Hardware, $799

It’s not only the treatments of viruses that can have side effects. The H1N1 epidemic itself has created a variety of “side effects” around the country, as well as in nearly every school district. Among them have been opportunities for companies to cash in with new products and services. Not all are legitimate.

Online learning providers have long touted a variety of advantages of their solutions. But the H1N1 epidemic has given new reasons for schools to invest in such technology.







 

Disney Educational Productions


Disneynature Series, Nature films


Books and Materials, $49.95 each


 

WindStreet Energy

Green Card Series, Fund-raising program

Books & Materials, $25-$29 for each card

An increasing number of K12 districts are beginning to install digital signs—for displaying announcements, weather conditions, welcome messages, event information and more—in their lobbies, hallways, libraries or cafeterias. Digital signage can also play an important role as part of an emergency notification system, as administrators can immediately display crisis response information on every connected monitor throughout a school building or district.


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