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Dallas Independent School Dis-
trict, which installed a ber-optic net-
work in 2013, has taken advantage of
17,000 new wireless access points to
set up 3,500 digital classrooms with
interactive projectors from both Box-
Light (the ProjectoWrite6 WX31NST)
and Dell (the S500wi). Both projectors
tap into the wireless network for inter-
activity instead of a USB or VGA ca-
ble. A wireless dongle plugs into the
USB port of the teacher's computer to
communicate with the projector.
Peterson pointed out that the new
breed of projectors is mobile. "With
an interactive projector," he said, "you
can [move it] from room to room and
be set up and ready to go in less than
ve minutes." Teachers who change
rooms during the day "don't have to
worry about cables being run from
the wall. And they don't have to worry
about students tripping over cables."
Software Stays the Same
Marilyn Gavitt, coordinator of instruc-
tional technology at Martin County
School District (FL), felt troubled
when she saw her rst demonstra-
tion of an interactive projector. Five
years ago, a committee in her district
had made the decision to install Pro-
methean interactive whiteboards for
the primary classrooms and Smart
Boards for secondary classrooms.
With a refresh cycle of ve years and
a thousand classrooms to out t, the
district is now completing that rollout.
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AV & PRESENTATION
In 2009, only 500 interactive projectors had
shipped to the professional sector. By 2012,
that number had climbed to 55,000, many
of them headed to classrooms.
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