Classroom projectors are like second teachers, co-pilots, teaching assistants, octopuses and multimedia magicians all rolled into one. They are adaptable, flexible, fun and boast lots of benefits, as they can:
|•||maximise engagement and attention|
|•||allow for an incredible diversity of activities for vibrant teaching|
|•||enable us to gamify lessons|
|•||support real-time interactive activities|
|•||improve classroom management|
|•||fuel knowledge and understanding|
|•||promote superior retention|
|•||enhance blended learning|
|•||encourage independence and collaboration|
Projectors can vastly improve the teaching and learning experience, then… but only when they behave themselves. Our dusty old thing still uses a lamp - and how much money the school must have spent on replacements over the years I dread to think. It’s not very green, and not convenient for a busy class teacher like myself. Projectors allow for a greater spontaneity in teaching - but when a lamp can’t keep its brightness or burns out without warning then we are all left in the dark. It’s not too much to ask for consistent light output is it?
On top of this, I want lamp-free technology, I want brightness, I want absolute reliability, top performance and something that is going to last, with real eco credentials. An ultra short throw lens is essential, and no cumbersome wiring either, thank you. Fit for continuous use would also be nice.
I’d also love an app that makes it possible to establish a network connection between a smart device and a projector so I can project documents and images stored in the device’s memory along with real-time images picked up by the device’s built-in camera.
Pipe dream? No, far from it, all this is possible and I’ve got my eyes trained on something special. It’s the Casio Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector powered by mercury-free Laser and LED Hybrid technology which means it is lamp-free and can last for at least 5 years. If anything was to happen you have total peace of mind due to its 5 year / 10,000 warranty. Bliss! Just imagine being able to project an 80inch image from less than a 30cm ruler away and achieve full brightness in only five seconds; well, this can.
It’s miles better than what I am using at the moment and I want one. How do I know? Well, I’ve listened to schools who are already equipped…
Aberdare Community School in Wales recently invested in 70 Casio UST projectors because they were looking for “the best education technology to deliver our leading teaching experience”.
Aberdale wanted quality, reliability, flexibility and a sustainable investment and they haven’t been disappointed reporting that the Casio UST “… is simple, easy to use and the peace of mind we get from not having to worry about maintenance and replacement lamps is ideal. I wouldn’t hesitate to continue to invest in Casio in the future.” (To read more about Aberdare and other case studies, click here.)
The Casio UST projector is an outstanding projector in terms of reliability and performance and is ideal for a range of learning environments. It doesn’t have to be fixed to the ceiling either because it’s mobile. You can switch it off, move it, turn it back on and it won’t lose its peak performance because lamp-free means there is no cooling down…so no class time wasted, either.
All I have to do is convince the senior management team to take a look at this stress-free and safe revolutionary learning unit; because when they do, I know they’ll be impressed.
Reviewed by John Dabell.
|•||Highly cost effective – no replacement parts|
|•||20,000 hour lifetime|
|•||Eliminates screen shadowing|
|•||Vivid colours throughout lifetime|
|•||Dust resistant structure|
|•||Optimum image brightness – auto brightness control depending on environment|
|•||Low power consumption|
|•||Virtually no maintenance|