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Chromecast goes 4K

CC Ultra_Bend2Along with the new phones, wireless speakers and routers that Google introduced, there was a goodie for those classrooms fortunate enough to have 4K displays. Google can make the most of their abilities with the Chromecast Ultra device. The Ultra model retains the previous generation’s hockey puck appearance and can wirelessly connect to a tablet, phone or notebook for everything from the latest videos to a podcast or ebook. The big addition is the inclusion of an Ethernet connector on the AC adapter that can speed the flow of data when WiFi isn’t reliable. It’ll be out next month and cost $69.

 

Bigger is Always Better

InFocus-INF8521-HeroWhether you get the 80- or 85-inch InFocus MonoPad Ultra, it can fill the typical classroom with images and video in 4K resolution. The top of the line INF8521 model combines an 85-inch screen with 3,840 by 2,160 resolution for pinpoint imaging and five-point touch control. Inside is a full Windows 10 Pro computer that’s powered by a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and coems with a full version of Office software. It includes a videoconferencing camera and 7-watt speakers.

 

Small Screen Becomes Big Screen

410Efve9t+LWhen the smartphone’s display is too little and an external screen is too much, Jetman has the answer: Magnify it. The fold-open magnifier fits all iPhones and most Android smartphones, like Samsung’s Galaxy devices. It works by turning the phone’s 4- or 5-inch display into an 8.2-inch one without batteries or software. The Jetman screen works with everything from Web sites to videos and it costs $9 on Amazon.

Teach with the Big Board

Benq rp screenRightfully known for its high-quality projectors, BenQ now has several interactive displays that could fit into your teaching style. The RP family of displays come in 63-, 70-, 75 and 79-inch models that combine either 10- or 20-point input interactivity with superb color balance.  They all include DisplayNote software that let the teach leave the computer behind with Android-based systems that have built-media players, Office document viewers and the ability to finger paint or write directly on the screen. Best of all, there're no projector shadows when you address the class in front of the display.

Best of ISTE: Wave of the Future

WaveGot a bunch of old big screen displays that aren’t interactive, but you wished they were? Touchjet’s Wave can not only retrofit them for a touch world, but add the ability to run Android apps as well. At $299, the Wave kit can work with any TV or monitor up to 65-inches and lets you use your fingers or the included stylus. The Wave not only has the system’s Light Position Unit that interprets where your fingers are but includes a videoconferencing camera and microphone that extend up and over the front of the screen.

Best of ISTE: Touch and Go

ActivpanelWhy fuss with the setup and shadows of a projector when you can use a large panel interactive display, like the Promethean ActivPanel, instead. Available in 55- and 65-inch sizes, the next generation of ActivPanel screens will be 70- and 84-inch models. They’re good for small to large classrooms, have Android computers built in and include ClassFlow and ActivInspire software. The best part is that because the screen is touch sensitive, just like a tablet or phone, and it works just as well with a finger or the included digital pen.  See it and touch it at booth 1604.

Desktop Two-For

ARMDUAL30With Startech’s ARMDUAL30 monitor mounting hardware, you can set up a pair of displays either stacked above and below or side by side. It can handle up to 30-inch monitors side by side or 24-inch ones for stacked set ups, and can accommodate systems with 75- and 100mm VESA mounting screws. The hardware can rotate around the central pipe and can be mounted with a clamp or in a desk grommet. It costs $276.

Freebee Friday: Bird’s Eye View

Interface-advancedIf you were to walk through your school and look at all the displays, you’re likely to find that most, if not all, are out of whack or poorly adjusted in one way or another. Enter the Asus Display Widget, which puts all the adjustments front and center. It only works with Asus’s Adaptive-Synch gaming monitors at the moment, but the company will widen its use over time. The key is that the Widget sits on the Windows desktop and gives you immediate access to do things like change the color temperature, pick the display mode and even pick what settings to use for different applications.

 

Big Screen, Ultra Resolution

Mimio display 84aAs its name implies, the UHD MimioDisplay model 8401 pushes resolution beyond mere HD to 3,480 by 2,160 pixels and screen size to 84-inches. That adds up to an interactive display that can work with up to 10 individual finger inputs and measures 77.2- by 45.6-inches and is just 4.5-inches thick. There’s also a smaller 75-inch MimioDisplay as well as HD versions. Unlike other interactive screens, the MimioDisplay comes with the company’s Studio software and works with its Classroom app.

 

 

FETC 2016: Flat Screen Education

Qomo panelQomo’s Journey interactive panel sets a new standard for education with a new 84-inch model that can show a stunning 3,840 by 2,160 resolution. By many measures it can outdo most classroom projectors. Based on an Android interface, it’s easy to use so that students and teachers can interact with the display’s infrared technology that allows up to 10 independent touch points. It has a pair of speakers and can work with a variety of video inputs. It costs a cool $25,00, but Qomo has special deals that include document cameras.

 

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