There are myriad projectors available on the New Zealand market. Even here at Epson, we have nearly 30 variants available in our Education Projectors range (and that's only including recent models). So how is a school IT manager to choose?
Although budget will arguably be the most important factor, there are two additional decisions you need to make before buying new equipment: What size will it need to be, and what features should it have?
58 per cent of children can't read the information on a screen if it's 70 inches or less.
Did you know that 58 per cent of children in an average classroom can't read the information on a screen if it's 70 inches or less? This is according to a study by Radius Research, which highlights how important screen size is in the classroom.
When you are choosing a projector, you will need to balance size (of both the screen and room) with budget. Bigger is likely going to be better, but too big is unnecessary.
To find that middle ground, we advise using the 4/6/8 rule popular with AV specialists.
New Zealand is a nation with its finger on the pulse of modern technology, and the classroom should be no different. After all, we're trying to set children up with the skills for life, right?
School IT managers can add extra levels of technology engagement to the classroom with an interactive projector. You can wirelessly sync models like the EB-695Wi/EB-696Ui to multiple devices, including Chromebooks, allowing you to seamlessly share content from device to device. The EB-695Wi can also be used for kinaesthetic learning: kids can annotate the virtual screen with special pens, their fingers, or through their devices.
Of course, non-interactive projectors are also available at a lower price point and can still add a lot of wow factor to a classroom lesson. Epson's 3LCD display system is one of the the most advanced projector technologies on the New Zealand market, delivering bright, colourful images to schoolchildren even in daylight.
So ask yourself: Do you just need the power to display information quickly and visually, or do you want an upgrade that enables device sharing and interactivity?
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