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U300X, U310W, $1,199 and $1,299

NEC has just released these two projectors, the company's first ultra-short-throw models. As with other short-throw projectors, these units display images at a full size while placed very close to a wall or screen, making them ideal for use in interactive whiteboards or in classrooms where space is limited. The U300X projects at 3,000 lumens of brightness and XGA (1024x768) resolution, and the U310W at 3,100 lumens of brightness and WXGA (1366x768) resolution. Both models use DLP chip technology, display at a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and include two computer inputs, an HDMI port and a Virtual Remote application for controlling the projector directly from a connected PC.



ENERGI, $15,000

Playground-equipment maker Playworld Systems' newest line intended for middle and high school students, ENERGI is a set of five outdoor fitness stations that guide students through any of 120 progressively challenging bodyweight exercises. The system includes a curriculum and lesson plans to help teachers guide students. It is the first playground equipment to use Microsoft's Tag Reader technology, which enables students to scan barcodes at each station using their smartphones and connect to videos that demonstrate the proper use of the equipment.



Reflect, Pricing varies based on implementation

Professional-development specialist Teachscape has just released Reflect, a system combining hardware and software designed to provide insight into and evaluation of teacher effectiveness. The hardware includes two high-definition cameras mounted on an arm along with two wireless microphones; these devices record a 360- degree view of the classroom and both teacher and student audio. The software enables teachers to save and upload videos, view their own work in the classroom, tag and share clips with colleagues, and work with instructional coaches, peer mentors or administrators to evaluate and improve instruction based on what they have recorded.