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New Tech Means More Engaging Presentations


A user-friendly solution, Epson’s Brightlink 595Wi keeps students engaged and learning in the Fulton County School District.

Georgia’s fourth-largest school district, Fulton County Schools, has more than 100 schools, 6,100 classrooms and 95,000 students. Because of its size, Tim Dunn, director of IT Program Management, saw the value in standardizing the district’s AV technology, and wanted to implement an interactive presentation solution. After considering all options, Dunn chose the Epson BrightLink 595Wi touch-enabled interactive projector.

Before making his decision, Dunn researched interactive flat panel displays, but did not choose to purchase them because of their small screen size, low return on investment, and costly repairs. He chose to implement the BrightLink 595Wi because of its finger-touch interactivity; reliability; long-life, low-cost lamps; and overall lower cost of ownership. Additionally, the Bright-Link 595Wi is compatible with the SMART Notebook interactive software, which many teachers were already comfortable with.

“From the beginning of our research, I always said the ‘magic’ is in the interactive software and that we needed to find a projection solution that allowed our teachers to continue using the software they had become accustomed to,” says Dunn. “With the BrightLink 595Wi, teachers can still use the software to maintain an interactive experience for students.”

The two-phase installation was completed just in time for the 2016-17 school year.

“The user-friendliness of the Bright-Link is a real equalizer with students of all academic abilities,” said Jessy Garris, a technology teacher at Fulton County Schools’ Woodland Elementary. “In order to be successful in the future, our students need to participate in engaging instruction that allows them to gather, analyze and present information easily,” said Garris. “By using the BrightLink 595Wi to demonstrate their work, students can collaborate with each other while learning a new technology.”

This article originally appeared in the issue of .