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The BrightLink 455wi projector was included in our Classroom Projector Comparison Report this year here. It won both our “Best in Classroom Interactive Projector Award,” as well as our “Hot Product Award”. Epson has now come out with new training tools for the BrightLink projector just in time for the start of the new school year. Read on for more information:
New Epson BrightLink Training Tools Help Ensure Quick and Easy Transition to New Classroom Technology This Fall
Series of Free Online Professional Development Tools Offer Simple Steps to Get Educators Up and Running with Epson Interactive Products
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 25, 2011 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced a series of free professional development training tools to help current and future BrightLink and BrightLink Solo users understand how to make the most of their interactive projector solution. Designed for K-12, higher education and business users, these training tools provide easy-to-understand lessons in several different formats – online videos, weekly webinars and onsite training from Epson resellers.
“We listened to our customers to find out what was and was not working when getting users quickly up and running with new technology, and then we built tools accordingly,” said Claudine Wolas-Shiva, senior product manager, Epson America, Inc. “As teachers come back to classrooms this fall, we want them to have an increased comfort level in using interactive technology, which will lead to the confidence to try new things. We’re focused on making it easy to learn today, in order to better use technology tools tomorrow.”
The online professional development offerings from Epson are designed to be simple and straightforward – allowing teachers to match training to their learning curve. Whether new to interactive technology or a long-time user of interactive software and techniques, educators can integrate the Epson professional development tools into their current arsenal to further engage and inspire students. Epson’s professional development tools provide an open environment that affords teachers the flexibility and freedom to select the basic or supplemental tools they feel comfortable and excited about using.
Epson partnered with Discovery education and Atomic Learning to create these professional development resources that will help users maximize their investment in Epson interactive technology, whether they are using the technology to setup an interactive wall or table for group projects, one-on-ones or whole classroom discussions. The online, on-demand videos cover topics ranging from how to use the BrightLink pen to embedding video in PowerPoint presentations. The weekly webinars allow users to get familiar with the BrightLink system, from turning it on and connecting it, to writing with the pen, to getting the most from interactive software tools. And for districts interested in holding BrightLink training days, additional professional development courses are available through Epson resellers.
For more information about Epson’s professional development training options, visit the Educator Resource Center on the Epson BrightLink website.
More about BrightLink
The BrightLink 455Wi interactive projector is designed to transform a wall or table into an interactive learning area. This flexibility allows for educators to meet the varied learning needs of their students – whether in large groups, small work teams or even individually – while maximizing the existing space in their classrooms. The interactive projector + pen combination is an ultra-short throw solution, offering image size flexibility and advanced connectivity options to project onto a whiteboard, wall, table, or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface. BrightLink offers installation flexibility by providing a wide range of XGA and WXGA usable interactive areas, and features 2,500 lumens color and white light output2 and native WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for full compatibility with widescreen notebooks and visual content.
BrightLink Solo is an interactive module that connects directly to a computer via USB and works with new or existing projectors to transform virtually any wall or whiteboard into an interactive learning area. The BrightLink Solo provides an interactive area as large as 96-inches (WXGA) or 102-inches (XGA), and delivers classroom or conference room flexibility. The solution comes with two interactive pens, wall mount hardware for easy installation, and TeamBoard Draw annotation software to create, capture and share lessons.
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a wide lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 75,000 employees in 100 countries around the world. Epson is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria, for the third year in a row. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and (http://twitter.com/EpsonEducation) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).
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1 Based upon Q1 2011 worldwide front projection market share estimates from Pacific Media Associates.
2 White and color light output will vary depending on mode selected. White light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.