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No one likes to age and degrade, but technology does, and once it starts, it doesn’t stop!
As an ICT Network Manager I have to find the most future-proof products that deliver the best long-term value.
My job is to work closely with key decision makers in the school to identify, recommend, develop, implement and support cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects of the organisation. I need to ensure that the school’s ICT functions efficiently and effectively to meet the needs of its users, and I’m responsible for strategic business and financial planning to ensure that our ICT meets the school’s vision and needs.
I can’t emphasise enough just how important it is for a school to invest in projectors with high reliability, exceptional image quality, outstanding support and lower total cost of ownership, and it won’t come as any surprise to any of our stakeholders that ours are not fit for purpose.
So as part of my five-year ICT development plan for the school I’ll be recommending we ditch our present stock in favour of the very latest projectors from Casio, which offer all this and make sound financial and teaching sense, because they are flexible, powerful and packed with value.
One of my chief considerations has been the lamp-free stable of projectors Casio offers. Lamps are expensive and they have burned a huge hole in our budget having to replace them so often over the years.
They typically last less than 1,000 hours, making them the most expensive component of any of our classroom technology programmes. Over the lifetime of a conventional projector its cost nearly triples thanks to the cost of bulbs, maintenance and energy consumption – money that could easily have bought us some new projectors!
UHP mercury lamps are now seen as one of the most unreliable light sources on the planet, and even when a new bulb is replaced, the lumens may only ever reach 50% of their original brightness, and colour decay has also been a problem with our old lamp projectors which have shifted more towards a yellow look as they have aged.
Plus, we can’t just wait for a lamp to pop and leave a teacher stranded; we have to buy a supply of lamps as a back-up.
These aren’t cheap at around £200, and while we have used a fair few, we have more in waiting, ‘just in case’, which might never get used – not exactly money well spent.
We are super-keen to consign them to the dustbin once and for all and invest in Laser and LED Hybrid technology. These stable light sources ensure that our classroom environments are now safely mercury free, so we can at last celebrate Earth Awareness Month without shame.
Casio models remain bright and vibrant over the entire 20,000-hour product lifetime, and that’s vastly raised the bar of the new standard we want, with reliable and brilliant images there all of the time, not just some of the time.
We don’t want teachers preparing for lessons and worrying if their projectors are going to work – this tech is used on a daily basis and needs to work as a matter of necessity. Hit-and-miss projectors disrupt lessons and mess with learning, and some classes can go whole days without a functioning projector which makes a big impact.
One of the nightmare problems involved in having lamp projectors has been the power they have consumed. They are ravenous! They take around three to five minutes just to warm-up so teachers are reluctant to turn them off during the day, so our electricity bills are astronomical! But they just want and need a projector to work straight away.
It’s amazing to think, therefore, that Casio projectors use 50% less power to achieve the same brightness as lamp projectors. They can even be set to eco-mode for an extra 50% less power consumption. And they can even move to standby mode when a connected computer starts to hibernate.
And lamp-free Casio projectors mean that there will be minimal or no interventions from me, so my time can be spent more productively across the school. It’s comforting to know that with a lamp-free projector they can have an ‘install in and forget about it’ ethos, with less hassle and complete peace of mind.
We have colleagues in other schools who have invested in new projectors only to come unstuck. Many suppliers focus on brightness, which is obviously important, but sometimes projectors can be too bright, especially in darkened environments. Flooding the classroom with crystal clear imagery is all very well, but not if the light is so blinding that you can’t see it!
There are lots of projectors on the market but we’ve been able to narrow our search down quite easily because other lampless projectors are either too bright or not bright enough and they were more expensive too. In fact, there is only one provider with the combination of Laser and LED technology which virtually eliminates maintenance and drastically reduces power consumption. Plus, you even get an industry-leading five-year warranty.
As ICT Network Manager Casio really shines through and helps my school achieve an optimal learning environment with its game-changing Laser and LED projection display technology that is second to none. Lessons can be delivered with stunning visuals that will add exceptional value to the curriculum, so these long-life light engines get my vote. I’m completely sold on the Casio benefits:
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Why not start from the beginning? Part 1 looks at the everyday benefits of projectors in the classroom for teachers, with Part 2 focusing on projector benefits for headteachers and governors.
For case studies of schools already enjoying the many benefits of Casio projectors click here.
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