district finds LCD top choice
Buying criteria at District 88
There are so many technology tools available for
todays classrooms that finding the right combination can be a
big assignment. In Dupage County High School District 88, that job falls
to Elaine Peterson, Director of Technology. When
the district decided to replace 28 old projectors at Willowbrook and
Addison Trail High Schools, Peterson discovered the choices were many
and varied. So she took the problem to Kevin Cavanaugh at United Visual,
who helped her sort things out.
"Whenever were in the market for something
Kevin brings out several choices and demonstrates them," says Peterson.
She had a number of criteria for the new projectors. She wanted something
very sharp, and something bright enough to use in a classroom without
turning out the lights. The new projectors would have to work well with
the districts computers and theyd have to be easy to use
and durable, since many different people would be operating them.
After looking over all the possibilities, Peterson
chose a Panasonic portable. The Panasonic had a brighter picture than
others she considered and worked well even with the lights on. Cost,
of course, played a major role in such a large purchase. "This just
seemed to be a better class of projector for a little less money," says
Peterson. "It was definitely cost effective."
Peterson says the two schools use their new projectors
in conjunction with the computers, TVs, VCRs, laserdisc players and
(in science) microscope cameras they already had. Every department now
has its own projector, and teachers rotate them from classroom to classroom
on a/v carts.
"The old LCD images were so bad," says district
librarian Kathy Jugle. "They were fuzzy and dim." Now when Jugle brings
in large freshman groups to learn about the librarys computer
resources, no one struggles to see. She also says the Panasonics have
proven themselves easy to set up and operate. In addition to librarians
and classroom teachers, community and parent groups also use the projectors
But no matter how many hands are at the controls
on a given day, the district is doing well with its choice. Peterson
and United Visual were able to bring District 88s needs into sharp