Epson’s always learning at BETT 2016
A round-up of Epson’s participation at leading European Education forum, BETT – including new product launches and research findings.
Epson’s always learning at BETT 2016
BETT 2016 gave the Epson team another great opportunity to demonstrate the work it is doing to support teachers and students in the classroom.
At the event – an annual showcase of information technology in education, held at ExCel London – Epson unveiled new research into technology penetration and use in the classroom, as-well-as highlighting the educational benefits of some of its own products with crowd-pleasing games and demonstrations.
New teacher-benefits from Epson’s projectors
Epson further improved its education projector offer at BETT, with the launch of two new ancillary products. Epson and SMART Technologies announced an agreement for the SMART Notebook collaborative learning software to be included with all Epson interactive projectors worldwide, creating a powerful new combination for interactive learning.
Additionally, Epson launched two new visualisers (ELPDC21 and ELPDC13) to accompany its education projectors. Each visualiser (or ‘document camera’) features a Full HD camera, allowing the whole class to benefit from crisp, clear images and video. Maps, detailed diagrams, science experiments, 3D objects and two full pages from a textbook can all be displayed to the whole class without having to reposition the camera, thanks to a large A3 shooting area. In addition to projectors, thanks to the parallel video output capability, high-quality content can be output to multiple displays at the same time, such as a laptop and TVs, if needed.
Technology that brings learning to life
Along with its latest announcements, Epson showcased a range of educational products, which provide people in education with the technology they need to make teaching more interesting, collaborative, interactive and fun.
Visitors to the stand could get involved in all sorts of entertaining competitions and product tests. One of the favourites for younger visitors was a printed template from which you could build your own model sheep.
Making the link to Epson’s sponsorship of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One team, and the low maintenance, reliable and energy-efficient WorkForce Pro printer, visitors were challenged to replace the long-lasting printer ink-pack blindfolded. The fastest competitor each day got to take home a cap signed by current Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.
Epson also showcased the important performance improvements its unique technologies can offer teachers in the classroom, from fast-printing Epson inkjet printers racing laser models, to a projector ‘shootout’ revealing the vibrant colour Epson’s 3LCD projectors can offer in comparison to rival technologies, even in brightly-lit environments.
Epson has earned its position as the world’s leading projector manufacturer for fifteen years1 with a range of high-performance projectors that create big, bright and clear images that bring education to life. Its unique 3LCD projector technology has been integral to that success, and is one of the real advantages it can offer teachers. By projecting equal levels of colour and white light, Epson projectors uniquely offer teachers the ability to maintain vibrant and engaging projected images while teaching in well-lit rooms. In turn, this can have a significantly beneficial impact on classroom discipline and student engagement.
Education and the great technology gap
And while Epson is proud of the contribution it is making to education technology, it is also focussed on understanding as much as possible about the teaching environment, and how teachers and schools are currently utilising these technologies.
As such, Epson commissioned an independent study into technology penetration and use in the European education sector. In particular it focussed on France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
The research findings, released at BETT, found that almost half of IT teams in the European education sector believe that they do not have the right equipment to help foster the technology skills needed for tomorrow’s workplace.
The research also found that almost 40 percent of IT buyers in the sector are not pro-active in keeping up to date with new technology; almost a quarter of respondents said that restrictions on upgrading equipment were hampering their use of technology ‘almost always’ or ‘frequently’; and almost a third also suggested inadequate training was also a hurdle to proper technology use in the classroom.
The Epson team at BETT also found that talking to teachers live at the event supported these findings and were grateful for the opportunity to learn more about classroom challenges first-hand. Our focus now is to feed back all of those great interactions into our product development pipeline and turn them into exciting innovations for next year’s show. Thank you again for telling us about your experiences!
1 Largest unit share of the market for 500-lumen and higher projectors. (Survey conducted by Futuresource Consulting Limited for the period from 2001 to 2015.)