Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Multimedia Tools Make the Chalkboard a Thing of the Past

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Multimedia Tools Make the Chalkboard a Thing of the Past

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With the help of more than 100 LCD projectors from Sharp Electronics Corp., Wake Forest University is building on its reputation as one of the most wired liberal arts universities in the country. Wake Forest University has more than 140 multimedia classrooms equipped with computers, VCRs, DVD players, video document cameras and Sharp LCD projectors, including over 70 Sharp XG-E3500s. Integrated LCD color touch systems power 80% of the classrooms, allowing each instructor to control the entire room from his or her desk.

Initially, only about 40 classrooms approached classification as "multimedia." Len Waldron, WFU business and development multimedia manager, has carried out the university's commitment to integrate state-of-the-art technology into Wake Forest classrooms. "Some classrooms originally had monitors, some had projectors. But the projectors were dim and couldn't keep up with the scan rates of computers," says Waldron. "The linchpin of each of these new classroom multimedia systems is the Sharp LCD projector."

High Tech Shoot-Out

Moving on his plan to update the university's equipment, Waldron conducted what he calls "a shootout" among the leading brands, including Mitsubishi, Sanyo, InFocus, Epson and Sharp. "They all came and did their presentations," Waldron reports. "It came down to a choice between Sharp and one other brand. We chose Sharp not only because their product was excellent, but because we felt their service record was better. They also gave us a very good price." According to Waldron, Sharp projectors are an integral part of Wake Forest's effort to create a totally wired university. …

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