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New & Updated Gear for Schools

September 2006

Through the recent acquisition of all presentation and educational camera assets and camera business from ClearOne Communications, Ken-A-Vision introduces the FlexCam and ProfCam. The FlexCam is a multipurpose camera for displaying high-quality, full-color images and documents as well as full motion video on a TV or LCD projector. The Profcam displays high-quality images of documents, video and objects on a variety of devices. www.ken-a-vision.com, 1.800.501.7366

GET A GRIP ON MATH
Texas Instruments' TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator is a mathematics classroom that fits into the palm of a hand. Dozens of built-in programs, teaching aids, and quizzes enable middle and high school students to simulate probabilities, visualize variables, and even plot data from a science lab. For the teacher, the $120 TI-84 can poll students and track their progress. Use TI-84's connectivity to a PC to access TI's web site, which has additional lessons and makes this calculator seem more like a mini computer.
www.ti.com; 800-842-2737

LISTEN UP
Califone's Personal Listening Center combines a lightweight portable CD player with four headphones and a junction box for instant audio anywhere in a school. Perfect for creating a language lab or for letting some students work with audio without bothering classmates, the inexpensive set sells for $120 and comes complete with a durable case and AC adapter. The company also sells sets with tape players and additional headphones. 
www.califone.com; 800-722-0500

TOUGHER THAN THE REST
Direct from the U.K., CDI Computers, in collaboration with RM PLC, launched the RM One, the next generation of all-in-one PCs. The RM One is a robust, secure, and compact solution designed for the school environment. It uses only half the desk space of a traditional PC and features anti-graffiti paint and a protective cover for its flat-panel screen, making this device, available for just over $1,000, both practical and affordable.
www.rm.com; 44-08709-086868 (U.K.)

A TOOL THAT TALKS BACK
Leapfrog adds digital power to the pen by integrating a tiny but powerful computer inside its Fly pen. The $75 Fly records writing strokes and even talks to students to help them with subjects from math to vocabulary to science. Students write answers on special paper or in workbooks, and the Fly provides valuable feedback. While the company sells the pens in classroom kits, take a special look at the Fly Memorizer, a personalized system with flash cards, games, and quizzes that can help students in grades 6-8 study more efficiently.
www.leapfrogschoolhouse.com
; 800-833-7430

POWER PROJECTOR
Epson's PowerLite S4 sets the standard for budget projectors these days by costing $700 without skimping on power or features. Thanks to its 3LCD system, PowerLite S4 projects large, rich, and sharp images, and it weighs less than six pounds for easy transporting between classrooms. With 1,800 lumens of brightness at its disposal, teachers don't have to dim the lights or close the blinds to put on a show.
www.epson.com; 800-463-7766

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