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Sanyo Extends Projector Warranties for Education Buyers

Effective July 1st, 2009 SANYO Presentation Technologies will offer a 4th Year Warranty with a 1 year warranty on the lamp on select models.

Models covered:

PLC-XW200, PLC-XW250, PLC-XU300, PLC-XU305, PLC-XU350, PLC-XU355, PLC-WXU700, PLC-WXU300, PLC-WXE45, PLC-WXL46, PDG-DXL100, PDG-DWL100, PLC-XC50, PLC-XC55

The 4th year warranty is available only to qualified schools and educational institutions who have purchased projectors from an authorized Sanyo Education Dealer. If you purchased one of the models above from AVI-SPL please register each unit by serial number within 90 days of purchase to be eligible for the 4th year warranty offer.

Click here for the rebate form »

Pro AV Magazine’s Brand Leader Survey Results

Meet the PRO AV Brand Leaders

Readers have their say about the AV products they count on the most.
By PRO AV Editors
PRO AV magazine

PRO AV asked its readers which brands they use most-and not just their top brands, but also the ones they go to when their flagship is inappropriate, unavailable, ruled out by the client, or otherwise not the first choice in a given situation. In April, we invited PRO AV integrators, installers, consultants, and end-users to take an exclusive online survey and asked them their brand preferences in 23 AV product categories. More than 250 AV pros completed the survey, and while not every participant had experience with products in every category, their feedback was compelling.

Survey Categories

To read the complete article, click here. »

VariQuest helps Early Childhood and Head Start Programs

Early Childhood and Head Start Programs can benefit from the VariQuest products in their classrooms. The Cutout Maker, Poster Maker and Awards Maker are excellent tools to help create a print rich environment with opportunities to learn lurking in every corner!

Cutout Maker

The Cutout Maker can really help students by creating manipulatives to use during their lessons. One of the great things about the Cutout Maker is you can pre-laminate your construction paper using a cold laminator so your shapes are cut laminated and ready to go! You could easily attach a small piece of Velcro to the back and utilize a felt board with your shapes.

Common early math skills include learning patterns and counting. Use the Cutout Maker to create a variety of shapes like different flowers or bugs. Set these up in a pattern and ask the students which comes next. With the same set up, you could also ask the students to group matching shapes together and count how many are in each group. Make it more involved and have them also practice identifying colors.

The Cutout Maker can also cut out words and letters. With Total Access Shapes, you could utilize the ABC cards which cut out the upper and lowercase letter with a shape that begins with that letter. Have the students practice tracing the letters to familiarize them with the letters. Ask the students to find the card that starts their name. Build on those skills as their learning progresses and ask them to find other students’ names.

Cutout examples

You can build word walls with the addition of images to help them learn words. For example, cutout the word cat and add an image of the cat. With your word wall, you can even ask the students to match the image to the word.

 

Poster Maker

Poster Maker examples

Create rules posters with images to help your students learn the rules of the classroom. You can also create posters that will be utilized during “read around the room” activities. Put small poems or short stories on a poster and read these with the students. You can also create a timeline poster and ask the students what happened during a story you’ve read together.

Create centers devoted to poster activities. Create a Venn Diagram and give the students sorting activities with cutout shapes. More useful posters in the templates collection are the scenery posters. The students can either draw on the scene or place cutouts in the scene and talk out a story. By engaging in the scenery and using their imagination, the student is also actively creating dialogue and practicing speech.

Create simple board games on a poster and laminate it so you can use the board year round. A standard board can have many applications by just changing out the cards students turn over during the game. For example, create one set of cards with dots on them and the students can advance as many spaces as there are dots on the card. Create a second set of cards with letters on them. If the student is able to identify the letter, they can move forward one space.

 

Awards Maker

award maker examples

In addition to creating quick awards like plaques for “Outstanding Reader” or small stickers that say “I am Polite”, you can also create bumper stickers to promote and grow a program like Head Start.

The Awards Maker can also help create signs to post in areas of the classroom. For example, create a sign that identifies the “reading nook” or label boxes in your classroom with stickers that say “crayons” or “scissors” with an image of the item in the box. Those labels can be used during the “read around the room” activities too!

Having text in your classroom and even down the hallways helps the students learn that text is a part of everyday life and it can encourage their curiosity in the written word.

InFocus Installation Projectors Overview

There are three great reasons that people who use projectors in classrooms, conference rooms, and other large image applications will love the new InFocus IN5300 and IN5500. They are; good looks, nice features, and super functionality.

The latest installation projectors from InFocus are the IN5300 and 5500 series projectors. That includes six projectors (IN5302, IN5304, IN5502, IN5504, IN5532, IN5534). The IN5300 level projectors have most of the same features, but do not include optional lensing (which is perfectly OK for about 80% of installations). There are a few other differences too, like brightness and resolution. But let’s talk about a few of the cool new features available on the latest and greatest InFocus installation products. By the way, if you want to skip the text, we are also posting a short video going over this too. Just look at the video above.

New Features on New InFocus Installation Projectors

The product designers at InFocus took the advice of users and resellers to address a few ‘missing’ features from the projectors they have used in the past. Those missing features included a few of the ‘problems’ listed below.

Problems with Older Installation Projectors :

  • XGA and lower 4×3 resolutions display in low resolution.
  • Projectors look industrial, cables looked messy.
  • Video conferencing collaborative content and white boards require multiple displays. Even projectors with split screen typically could not run dual video.

IN5300 and IN5500 Projector Solutions :

  • New WXGA and UXGA options available
  • Special cable management secret compartment, and multiple color options for casing (including a paintable primer for custom
  • color)

  • Enhanced Split Screen allows for multiple video – great for videoconferencing

New InFocus High Performance Features

InFocus seems to have adequately addressed most of those concerns with their new line. Their new line has also held tight to popular features while adding some other bits of cool, like a blue lit ring around the lens to indicate if the projector is powering off or on – a commonly confusing time for those who get confused about whether the projectors has begun to start-up or shut-down. As mentioned above, the new Enhanced Split Screen capabilities are a great new feature, as well as a Dynamic Messaging system that allows administrators to ‘broadcast’ messages to any projector on the network for important announcements. Here is a quick overview of the features available in the new InFocus lineup :

  • Enhanced Split Screen playback – perfect for video conferencing
  • Widescreen HD resolutions offered
  • Horizontal and vertical lens shift (manual in 5300s and motorized in 5500s)
  • Single or Dual lamps (5500 series)
  • Multiple lensing options (5500 series)
  • Customizable screen “help” page
  • Changeable ‘skins’ for projector casing (including wood grain, black, white, and or primer paintable)
  • Illuminated blue “glow ring” to indicate when projector is cooling down and starting up
  • Embedded networking included (compatible with Crestron or AMX panels)
  • Dynamic Messaging System allows for ‘broadcasting messages” to any InFocus projector on the network

So there you have our overview. Now feel free to watch InFocus’ Benjamin Joy talking about the new projectors live and in person – on video.

New InFocus 5300 and 5500 Installation Series Projectors from Dorotheen Ashton on Vimeo.

Skip Ahead : Quickly Navigate to Points of Interest

  • 1:25 = Portfolio of InFocus projectors including IN5300 and IN5500 series
  • 1:35 = First look at IN5300 projector with stylish wood grain finish
  • 2:22 = Portfolio of the IN5300 and IN5500 products (with specification details)
  • 4:00 = Discussion of Brilliant Color
  • 4:25 = New keypad with single function blue backlighting
  • 4:55 = View of new “blue ring” that indicates when projector is powering off or on
  • 6:00 = Lenses discussed from quality to optional lenses
  • 7:05 = Projectors networking discussed
  • 7:40 = Enhanced Split Screen, multiple HD images side-by-side on one display
  • 8:45 = Dynamic Messaging System explained
  • 9:10 = Customizable “Help screen”
  • 9:55 = Video quality from InFocus and Pixelworks

Related InFocus Products : IN5302, IN5304, IN5502, IN5504, IN5532, IN5534

The full line of InFocus IN5300 and IN5500 projectors should be available by the end of July 2009!

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Key Initiatives Highlight AVI-SPL’s Presence at InfoComm ’09

As the AV industry’s most anticipated event, InfoComm ’09 delivered a prime opportunity for AVI-SPL to connect with innovative manufacturers and a diverse range of clients. With the recent launch of ConferencePoint managed conferencing services, Cisco inter-operability services and a Polycom/Glowpoint “TEN Alliance,” AVI-SPL leads in the seamless integration of audiovisual systems and services, designed for the ultimate level of customer success.

AVI-SPL InfoComm ’09 Highlights: