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One of the biggest impacts that I’ve seen technology make on a school this year is the installation of a simple but powerful projector and electric screen in the school hall.

The hardware depends on the size of the hall but the application is similar for Secondary and Primary schools. We usually do a demonstration on completing the install and I love to see the faces of the staff as its potential begins to dawn. The gasps and smiles alone as the electric screen descends almost make it worthwhile. (I even had a round of applause from a hall full of children seeing it for the first time – we hadn’t even switched the projector on!)The sound system has got to be good and blowing the roof off is often the aim.

The installation must result in easy use for the staff and (dare I suggest) pupils and so complicated mixer desks and permanent connections are out.So imagine a multi media cabinet with high quality components that can be wheeled in and out of the hall. Put in a mixture of hardware

  • CD and/or tape player for assemblies, discos, dance
  • A DVD for showing cinema style to more than one class
  • PC or laptop for powerpoints to governors, parents or classes
  • Visualiser for quickly displaying hymns or ‘Top work’ to the whole school
  • School plays might need a microphone and backdrop
  • A Wii for use in Breakfast Clubs and after school clubs
  • etc
  • As the teachers begin to discuss and see the impact that this presentation system can have on learning we soon see it used every minute of the day. Now we need a solution for the booking sheet!What do you use yours for?please leave your comments here

    What we recommend from a supplier:

    High lumen projector, Automatic Screen, Lockable AV cupboard, AV equipment, High quality audio system,Projector security, Education aware installation, training session for staffSolutions from under £2000 at www.smartmoveit.co.uk or www.lamphouse.co.uk

    (Source: hexus) Viewsonic Projector Lamp

    The interactive PJD7383i and the PJD7583wi negate the need for costly interactive white boards as teachers are able to write directly onto the projected image with the included interactive pen without the need for alignment or calibration

    An additional teacher-friendly feature is evident in the 7 Series’ “short throw” projection, allowing 80-inch images to be projected from less than one metre away. This will put an end to teachers being blinded by the Projector Lamp. A microphone input is also included and every projector in the range is 3D-ready to help future-proof the investment.

    The entire ViewSonic 7 Series (PJD7382, PJD7383, PJD7583w, PJD7383i and PJD7583wi) features advanced Crestron network control using the LAN, enabling a central IT department to monitor the status of the devices at all times, taking the responsibility for maintenance and management away from the teacher in the classroom and reducing the total cost of ownership.

    “Teachers and trainers need to constantly differentiate if they are to effectively communicate and capture their classes attention.” explains James Coulson, European marketing manager at ViewSonic. “With the ViewSonic 7 Series projectors, we’ve incorporated new features that will be of the most benefit to teachers, like short throw projection, a microphone, familiar USB connectivity, 3D capabilities and an interactive pen for improved class participation.

    Further innovative features the range incorporates include a USB wireless dongle with a WiFi range of up to 328 feet and a driverless, auto display USB presentation functionality allowing the teacher to run a presentation without connecting to a PC. All devices also feature USB and LAN display, providing the flexibility lets you choose how to send content to the projector either via USB or LAN, rather than having to use a video cable.

    The ViewSonic 7 Series will include two wide screen models (7583w and 7583wi) that will be launched towards the end of this year.

    For details on the ViewSonic 7 Series of projectors please visit Viewsonic.

    About ViewSonic

    ViewSonic® Corporation is a leading global provider of visual display and computing products. ViewSonic develops, markets and supports a broad range of innovative products, including computers, LCD monitors, projectors, Projector Lamps, LCD TVs, digital signage solutions, digital photo frames and other consumer electronics products.

    We at Lamphouse and Smartmove have decided to give a little back to show our appreciation for choosing us as your supplier.
    We intend to do this by donating two percent of the money we gain from the sales of our projector lamps from 1st September to 31st October.
    There are many charities that are worthy of our donations so choosing which charity to give to proved to be difficult.
    However, after much deliberation we decided it would be nice to give a little back to those who buy and use our products regularly and as one of our main buyers are schools we decided it would be more appropriate to give to a children’s charity.
    As there are no charities specifically for schools we chose to donate to a charity that would benefit children in general for a wide range of things such as raising money for disabled children or making a child’s final dream come true. As a result of this the charity that came to mind was Children in Need!!
    It is therefore our mission to give the agreed two percent of the amount you pay for your projector lamps to the Children in Need charity. The more you buy, the more we donate!!
    We thought you may like to know a little more about the charity that your money will be supporting. Here’s some information about what Children in Need is about and who they have and are wanting to help for those of you who do not already know.
    It is the mission of Children in Need to help children and young people who are considered to be disadvantaged across the UK by providing them with the resources and support that will enable them to reach their full potential.
    In 2008 the BBC Children in Need Appeal raised £38 million and for every penny the charity received, a penny went towards projects helping disadvantaged children in the UK. The charity can ensure that all the money donated is given to the children as the charity uses its investment income and Gift Aid to cover all running costs.
    In light of this, you can then rest assured that the money we donate through your purchases will indeed reach the children and be used to benefit them in the ways deemed necessary to suit their needs. For example, the charity provides support in the form of grants to organisations working with children who may have experienced mental, physical or sensory disabilities; behavioural or psychological disorders; are living in poverty or situations of deprivation; or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.
    More specifically, Children in Need have helped the Marlow Community Playgroup by providing their project with a nursery for children with profound special needs who are unable to access mainstream provision and also Maddie and Lillie by providing their project with a part-time social worker and therapy sessions for children such as themselves who have lost a significant adult through a life limiting illness.
    In order for us to be able to help children like Maddie and Lillie please help us to help them by purchasing your projector lamps from us today, the small amount we donate will go a long way to making a big difference to a child today and will be much appreciated.
    We also have a very interesting blog which ranges from eSafety through to educational news and technology news. Something for everyone.

    If you travel around with a smartphone and/or laptop and watch a lot of movies or give presentations, then the emerging pico projector technology should be fascinating to follow. Though the technology has appeared in phones and cameras, it hasn’t really been given much attention. We really are hoping that this product is going to change that (MPro120 pico projector),

    The MPro120 aims to deliver a lot for its size, with stereo speakers, an LED light source for long life that is rated for 20,000 hours of use and 12 lumens of brightness. Due for release on September 1st
    Here are some of the key product features:

    • VGA image and 100% color gamut gives the user one of the highest quality images of any portable projector currently available.
    • Two integrated, half-watt stereo speakers help transform the MPro120 into a self-contained presentation device for entertainment or Business.
    • Projects eight to 50-inch still or moving image stored on a video capable pass-through device
    • LED light source with 20,000 hour life means the unit is environmentally friendly and there is no need for a replacement bulb.
    • Featuring an integrated flip stand, tripod and variety of input cables, the MPro120 is ready to use “out-of-the-box.”

    Recycling is becoming increasingly important, not only for the environment but for animals and people. The Projector Lamp found in projectors should be recycled, not thrown away. Besides being breakable, they contain mercury which is harmful to the environment, causing a safety risk. There are several ways to recycle your Projector Lamps, whether you are a business with lots of bulbs or a homeowner with only one projector bulb. Below are four simple steps to recycling your projector lamps

    • · Step 1

    Remove each lamp as instructed in the projector’s user manual. Always wait for the bulb to cool down before removing.

    • Step 2

    Once the old Projector Lamp has been removed place inside the new replacement lamp box check the new lamp works okay and securely fit it inside the box. Bubble wrap if possible.

    • Step 3

    If your employer recycles projector Lamps (certain businesses recycle their bulbs and will gladly take bulbs from employees to recycle as well). Then please just hand over your old projector lamp to them however if they don’t please continue to step 4.

    • Step 4

    Go online to http://www.lamphouse.co.uk/enviromental to find the address you need to post your old projector lamp back to.

    Please check back in a few weeks to see our new video on how to Pro-Long your Projector lamp and a small video on recycling.

    Projector lamps information
    New projectors are supplied with a new lamp fitted, which for the average projector lasts around 2,000 hours. You will start to notice the picture dulling as you use up the hours and this is when you can start to think about getting a replacement lamp. Most projector lamp manufacturers give a 3 months warranty on new lamps.

    How to Replace a Projector lamp
    To replace a lamp module, you simply Remove the cover this may have a screw holding it in. you then need to unscrew the screws holding the projector lamp and then remove the old lamp. Open your new lamp box, remove the lamp and place directly in the projector the same way as the old lamp came out. Tighten the screws back up and place the cover back on and screw back up again. Specific instructions on how to replace the Projector Lamp will vary slightly from projector to projector, so the instruction manual should be looked at. The old lamp should then be placed in the packaging that help the new lamp and sent to the appropriate place for disposal address found here. Projector Lamp Disposal Address

    Useful tips for extending lamp life
    Never touch the lamp with your fingers. Deposits from fingerprints cause temperature “hot spots” and temperature gradient stresses the glass often resulting in earlier lamp failure.
    Try and keep the air filters of your projector clean as blocked filters make the lamp overheat causing earlier lamp failure.
    Please once finished using the projector do not unplug straight away as the lamp has to cool down if you keep unplugging the projector instead of turning the projector off using the remote you may shorten your lamp life by up to 50%
    If your projector has a high/low lamp/lamp switch, you can extend your average lamp life by using the “low lamp/lamp” position whenever possible.

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    Lamphouse New website admired by schools

    Lamphouse has been admired by schools for its new website and its features. Lamphouse is a company which sells Projector Lamps and Projector Bulbs but they have now started doing articles and Videos for schools on how to replace a Projector Lamp and how to pro-long your projector.
    Lamphouse have also been writing articles and reviews for new educational technology for schools. This is so they can have an unbiased review to see if the product is worth buying for the school. Their best article to date is there eSafety. This article has been aimed at schools and parents and shows that the company cares about their customers, below is a snippet of the article.
    “Banning a child from certain sites may only motivate them to spend more time on them, whereas educating your child on how to keep safe will give them the tools they need to navigate their online world without being hurt. Please make sure they know and understand the reason for not posting personal information on websites. Also that people they are talking to may not actually be who they are. If the parents know the dangers themselves, this sets an example to the child to understand them as well.”
    Please do check out their website http://www.lamphouse.co.uk and have a look at their blog section for these articles you may find these useful.

    Should I Get a Video Projector or a Television for my Home Theatre?

    Modern television’s can be used in a home theater system. If you already own a good, working HD television you have at least a basic way of viewing television and DVD images. The question is whether you need to upgrade to a more advanced television, or, in home theater lingo, a video display device.

    Here is where consumers get bogged down with the terminology and potential choices. Consumers now have the choice of not only a dozen sizes from 26-inches to 80-inches, but also have to choose between plasma, LCD, rear projection, and front projection. They also need to think about is it HD-Ready, Full HD or even 3D enabled now.

    The size of the television or video display device you get really depends on the size of the room environment you will be using it in and how close you will be sitting to the screen.

    However, the decision as to what type of television you get is a little more complex. However, no matter what type of television or video display device you purchase, make sure it is high definition compatible, as all of the U.K. have access to an increasing amount of high definition programming, either over-the-air, cable, and/or satellite sources.

    With specific reference as to whether one should get a television-type video display vs a video projector, the main factor you have to take into consideration is whether you intend to watch a lot of television programs vs Blu-ray Disc and/or DVD movies.
    Factors To Take Into Consideration

    Important factors to take note of when considering a video projector vs a television-type video display include:
    1. Video projectors do not have RF cable or antenna connections like a television has. However, if your cable or satellite box has either S-Video, component, and/or DVI, or HDMI (for HD components) connections you would be able to hook them up to a video projector.
    2. Video projectors have a very limited bulb life. In other words, if you are watching TV on your video projector about four or more hours every day, you might need to replace the light source bulb about every 18 months to 2 years at about 100-300 Pounds (or more).
    3. Due to the very large screen sizes used in video projection, standard TV or satellite do not look as good as they do on standard large screen television. In addition, If you have HDTV-cable or HDTV-satellite, you would get much better results.
    Projectors are best for viewing DVD and Blu-ray movies. They are also good for big events, such as the World Cup. If you desire longer bulb life, limit your viewing to about 12 hours a week and your projection bulb will last a few years.
    If you are looking for a replacement for nightly TV watching, it would be more cost effective to buy a large screen, LCD, or Plasma Television set rather than a video projector.

    If you have found a Projector you like and are thinking about buying please click below this will take you to a site where you can see how much a replacement projector lamp is.

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