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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Epson and PolyVision Join Forces


To Donate Equipment to the Florida Digital Educator Programs

LONG BEACH, Calif. and SUWANEE, Ga. Epson America Inc., the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, and PolyVision, that recently introduced ēno™, the world’s most advanced interactive whiteboard, today announced the donation of 10 new Epson PowerLite® W6 multimedia projectors and 10 new ēno interactive whiteboards to the Florida Digital Educator program’s Master Digital Educators.

The Master Digital Educators will use the Epson PowerLite W6 multimedia projectors and PolyVision ēno interactive whiteboards to showcase the importance of integrating interactive learning technologies to enhance students’ classroom experiences. This innovative mentor-program is an extension of the Florida Digital Educator (FDE) Program, allowing educators with extensive technology experience to train other peers on how to best provide the technology skills necessary to launch Florida’s students into the digital age. The FDE supports the use of technology across the state’s K-12 curricula through collaborative experiences with new technologies and digital tools.

“The Florida Department of Education’s FDE Program at the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) is always looking for the most advanced products to integrate into the program, and we are thankful that two companies like Epson and PolyVision are allowing our trainers to do just that,” said G. Gordon Worley, Learning and Development Facilitator at FCIT. “Epson and PolyVision are both leaders in their industries, and with their help, the FDE Program will be able to ensure that educators are using this technology to transform learning and ultimately empower students to succeed in the global community.”

Epson PowerLite W6: Future Proofing the Classroom
The Epson PowerLite W6 projector ($799 estimated street price) offers WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), allowing educators to future proof their classrooms as they begin to invest in widescreen laptops to accurately display widescreen content. The projector also offers USB video, VGA video and HDMI connectivity for high-definition quality video and digital audio through its 7W speaker, as well as simplified projection through USB Plug n’ Project connectivity for quick projection on-the-spot.

In addition, the PowerLite W6 offers 2,000 lumens white light output and 2,000 lumens color light output2 for outstanding color performance. It also features Epson’s exclusive E-TORL® technology for increased energy efficiency and cost savings over time. Lamps used within Epson projectors that incorporate E-TORL offer more lumens (brightness) per watt than lamps used with competitive projection technology offering similar lumens specification. Using E-TORL, lamp life can last up to 4000 hours3 in economy mode (up to 50 percent longer than competitively priced models), and replacement E-TORL lamps cost up to $150 less than competing replacement lamps.

“Epson is pleased to support the Florida Digital Educator Program, as its promotion of technology in the classroom will invoke excitement and imagination with both students and teachers,” said Daniel Oey, group product manager, Epson America. “We are committed to the education market and strongly believe that technology facilitates learning. We continually help educators select and implement the most ideal products to meet their needs, reduce long-term costs and maximize technology budgets through Epson’s Brighter Futures Program.”

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