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<i>Administr@tor</i> Magazine<br />
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Two-Fisted Learning
By combining always-on wireless data access with an innovative lightweight computer, the Pepper Pad 3 is an alternative to notebooks for school use. Built around AMD’s Geode processor, the Pepper Pad 3 weighs just 2.2 pounds. It has a seven-inch display, a 20GB hard drive, and wi-fi networking built in. The unique split keyboard is a snap to master. The system comes with software for everything from eBooks and writing to e-mail and web browsing.; 612-877-4060

Scan and deliver
With the power to scan and save 15,000 pages per hour, Pearson Assessments’ iNSIGHT 150 is an automated workhorse for large districts to digitize, analyze, and store a mountain of paperwork. In addition to performing accurate optical mark recognition, the iNSIGHT 150 can straighten skewed pages and be set to process information held only within gray boxes. The Arlington Independent School District, in Texas, currently uses the iNSIGHT 150 to digitize its paperwork.; 800-447-3269

No Hang-Ups Here
Nothing works better than mounting a projector on the ceiling of a classroom. Video Mount Products’ PM-2 universal projector mount can work with just about any projector, old or new. Rather than screwing into the bottom of the projector and mounting it upside-down, this universal mount’s eight clamps securely wrap around the device. Good for projectors of up to 75 pounds, the PM-2 allows the projector to rotate, tilt, and telescope between 18 and 30 inches from the ceiling.; 410-643-6390

Number Cruncher
With more than 2,300 built-in math functions, 2.5MB of memory, and the ability to graph complex equations on its screen, HP’s 50g is a pocketful of math help for high school students. In addition to wireless communications and being able to link with a computer via an included USB cable, the 50g is the rare graphing calculator that can use Secure Digital Flash cards for storing data and programs. The device costs $150 and has been approved for use on many standardized; 800-752-0900

A Tale of Two Projectors
Although Hitachi’s buff silver CP-X251 and Toshiba’s two-tone TLP-X3000 projectors look totally different, they really are two of a kind for classroom graphics. Both deliver sharp XGA images that fill a screen of up to 25 feet, work with a variety of inputs and weigh less than seven pounds so they can easily go from class to auditorium to gym as needed. With more than enough brightness for a lights-on lesson, the TLP-X3000 (below right) uses a single LCD panel to put 3,000 lumens on-screen, while the CP-X251’s trio of tiny LCD panels combine for picture-perfect color and 2,000 lumens. Both come with remote control, basic cables, and a case, but the Toshiba projector sells for $1,739, while the Hitachi goes for about $1,100. 800-HITACHI; 800-316-0920

Reels on Wheels
For schools that need the flexibility of being able to move projectors here and there as needed, Balt’s 82692 Pro-View cart makes any projector—digital or overhead—more mobile. With two adjustable platforms that can sit from 28.5 to 44.5 inches off the floor, the cart has room for a projector, computer, and notes. The built-in locker means that the equipment will stay put after the last; 800-749-2258

Print with a Punch
Lexmark’s C770 color laser printer is a true office printer with an 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM that can churn out 100,000 pages a month. At $1,000, the C770 can’t be beat, but a set of toner cartridges costs a whopping $721.; 800-LEXMARK

More Than Just a Toy
Why just tell kids about how airplanes fly in a humdrum science class when they can try it out for themselves? The Jakks Pacific XPV is an inexpensive and nearly indestructible Styrofoam plane that can teach children how lift, thrust, and drag interact to produce flight. Its pair of propellers can push the radio-controlled plane to 30 miles per hour and a top altitude of 20 stories for about 10 minutes on a charge—unless it gets caught in a tree or overtaken by a gust of wind. The $60 plane is recommended for fourth graders and older.; 310-456-7799

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