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Vivitek Debuts 1080p Data Projector

Vivitek has announced the D952HD, a native 1080p, DLP-based data projector.

Epson Boosts Brightness on Large-Venue Projector

Epson has introduced the PowerLite Pro Z8050WNL, the company’s brightest large-venue projector to date. The new model is specified at 7,000 lumens, with native WXGA (1,280 x 800) resolution and 5,000:1 contrast ratio.

ASI Offers Pre-Packaged Digital Signage System

ASI has introduced the Helix, a digital signage solution designed to provide all components in a pre-packaged system. The company said Helix streamlines the complexities normally associated with digital signage.

Casio Demos 'Green Slim' Projectors

Casio has introduced a line of small, portable projectors called Green Slim, which the company said are the world’s first mercury-free bright projectors.

AirWave 7 Wireless Management Platform Bolsters Mobile Support

Aruba Networks has gone public with details about the next version of its AirWave wireless management platform, including increased functionality to manage mobile devices on a wireless network. The next release is expected in March 2010.

Epson Expands LCD Classroom Projector Lineup

Epson has introduced six new projectors designed for schools, including a new short-throw model that can be mounted as close as 2.8 inches from the projection surface. The new lineup debuted Wednesday at the FETC 2010 conference, underway this week in Orlando, FL.

Bretford Laptop Carts Get Energy Smart

Bretford Manufacturing is bringing energy management capabilities to its line of "intelligent" laptop computer carts.

MRV Media Converter Simplifies Cable Management with Single Module

MRV Communications has announced an optical media converter addition to the company's XY line, the Fiber Driver EM316GSW-XY, a gigabit/Fast Ethernet multi-function media converter.

Planar Ships Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System

Planar Systems has started shipping the new Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System, an LCD panel system that delivers tiled visuals to create a wall-sized display.

Charter School Organization Virtualizes Infrastructure

The Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation (GEO Foundation) in Indiana has virtualized its computing infrastructure and upgraded its storage system to reduce costs and energy requirements, expand student access to computers, and improve IT operations. The announcement was made at the FETC 2010 conference, which is going on this week in Orlando, FL.

Featured Mobility Articles

Masters of Learning

I had the delightful privilege of moderating the FETC Virtual Conference this past May. One of the events was a Q&A with Elliot Soloway, of the University of Michigan, and Cathleen Norris, of the University of North Texas, regarding their mobile learning research initiatives. Their strong contention is that students will bring their mobile phones to school to learn — and it will happen a lot sooner than we think. It's inevitable, they say, and educators need to get with the picture. By Therese Mageau.

Principals Call for Mobile and Social Technologies in Schools

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is looking to change the conversation about mobile computing and social media in schools.

The ABCs of BYOL

A bring-your-own-laptop pilot program puts an Ohio district closer to its goal of getting a computer into the hands of each of its students.

New York Educators Get Cross-Platform Tablet Training

NYSCATE, the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education, will be training teachers on Android- and Windows-based tablets this summer.

Classroom Walkthrough Comes to Android

Teacher professional development provider Teachscape has brought Classroom Walkthrough to the Android platform.

Using iPods To Increase Reading Comprehension

As a middle school reading specialist in Oregon's Eugene School District 4j, Marilyn Williams found that many of her middle school students weren't finishing their reading or remembering what they read. So she decided to tackle the problem with the help of iPod touch devices.

Student Engagement on the Go

Assistant Principal Patrick McGee explains that whatever the other advantages of adopting iPads and iPods in the classroom, the key is student engagement.

Drill Down: Mobile Devices in Education

As educators continue to weigh the many considerations attached to allowing student-owned handheld devices on campus, Speak Up asked parents what good they think the use of mobile technologies would have on their children's education.

An App for That ... and That ... and That

The mobile technology market is blooming with powerful applications that have the ability to transform education with the ease of a download to any number of handheld devices. To learn what apps educators are finding most valuable to teaching and learning, we asked presenters from this month's Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) to share some of their favorites.

NEA Program To Award Smart Phone Grants

The NEA Foundation is expanding the focus of its Challenge to Innovate (C2i) grant program. In the latest phase, the foundation will award five grants to support innovative ideas for using smart phones in the classroom.

6 Technologies That Will Change Education

Over the next five years, six technologies will have a profound impact on teaching and learning--and some are already beginning to have an impact.

When Social Networking Goes 'Live'

An English teacher in Iowa talks about how she parlayed Twitter interactions into a class trip halfway around the world.

Philadelphia Elementary School Students Treated to a New iPad Lab

Students at Philadelphia’s Stephen Decatur Elementary school will have access to a new iPad lab when they return to class in the fall.

Accelerated Reader Student App Comes to iOS

Renaissance Learning has released a free iOS app that lets students take their Accelerated Reader quizzes on their iPads, iPhones, and iPods.

ActiveCloud for iOS Enables Seamless Management of Local and Cloud-Based Files

Mobile software company Pocket Watch has released its cloud storage management application, ActiveCloud 1.0, for iOS.

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About GovConnection

GovConnection, Inc. is a leading provider of IT products and services to the K–12 and higher education marketplace.

Backed by years of experience and extensive vendor partnerships, our Account Managers are focused on helping you connect with the latest, most effective technology to support education.

With more than 150,000 products, a nationwide network of service partners, and teams of certified technical experts, GovConnection has the resources to help you achieve your IT goals—on time and on budget.

From digital signage in the campus cafeteria to servers in the core of your data center, GovConnection is ready to design, build, and support IT solutions that meet your every need. If you’re looking for an IT provider with the tools to accelerate learning and enhance collaboration, GovConnection is here to put technology to work for you. More Information