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ACTE WELCOMES PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REMARKS ON CAREER SKILLS EDUCATION IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Career and Technical Education Vital Component of Productive Workforce and Economic Growth

ALEXANDRIA, VA –The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) appreciates President Barack Obama’s emphasis on the importance of education that prepares individuals for successful careers in the growing U.S. economy during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

“I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life.  It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs.  And if Congress wants to help, you can concentrate funding on proven programs that connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs,” the President stated. Strong career and technical education (CTE) programs, like those alluded to in President Obama’s speech, are an essential part of an education system that produces college and career ready students and work-ready adults that are the backbone of America’s economic success.

“It is encouraging to hear that President Obama and his administration understand the crucial role that education and training play related to our nation’s future. Robust CTE programs at the K-12 and community college levels have a strong track record of positive results in filling the skills gap and connecting students with rewarding career opportunities, like those referenced in the President’s speech,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “We are hopeful that he, his administration and Congress will recognize and build upon support for existing federal policy in this ‘year of action’ to equitably benefit CTE students and educators nationwide, particularly through increases in funding available through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and a thoughtful reauthorization of that law.”

CTE programs across the country depend on funding from the Carl D. Perkins Act to implement many of the reforms mentioned in the president’s speech, and these funds must be increased to meet communities’ needs for comprehensive career training and job skills development. ACTE supports policies that will connect high school and postsecondary level students with relevant, real-world learning opportunities that prepare them to meet workforce demands in high-skill, high wage and high demand areas.

For more information on CTE and its positive impacts for students, schools, communities and the country, visitwww.acteonline.org.

About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.

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CoSN Applauds President Obama’s Call for Greater Investment in Ed Tech

 

‘This Investment Can Improve Learning Environments in Classrooms and Communities Across America and Should Unite All Americans,’ Says CoSN’s Krueger

 

Washington, DC (January 29, 2014) – Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following remarks responding to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

 

“Modern technological tools and faster, stronger broadband access are critical to improving educational equity and helping students acquire the skills needed to succeed after graduation. This should not be a partisan goal. This investment can improve learning environments in classrooms and communities across America and should unite all Americans.

 

“We congratulate the President’s spotlight on the ConnectED initiative. We encourage the Federal Communications Commission to take action to achieve this vision. We must modernize and increase investment in the E-rate program now. It’s an investment that will better lives and learning outcomes and positively impact our nation’s economic future.”

 

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.

 

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Epson Announces New BrightLink Series with World’s First Touch-Enabled 3LCD Interactive Projector

 

Industry Leader Expands Interactive Learning Possibilities in the Classroom

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (FETC, Booth #631) – Jan. 29, 2014 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced its new line of ultra-short throw interactive projectors – the BrightLink® 575Wi585Wiand 595Wi. Designed for K-12 and higher education markets, the series delivers advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, interactivity over the network, Moderator software for ultimate collaboration, and up to 3,300 lumens of color brightness and 3,300 lumens of white light brightness2. The line also takes interactive capabilities one step further with the BrightLink 595Wi, the world’s first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projector.

 

“Epson understands the need for a fresh approach to classroom collaboration, and with the introduction of the BrightLink 595Wi – the very first finger-touch interactive 3LCD projector – students are able to experience a kinesthetic and intuitive approach to learning,” said Tom Piche, product manager, K-12 interactive projectors, Epson America, Inc. “As the classroom landscape continues to evolve, teachers require tools to engage students in the learning process. With functionality to support BYOD initiatives, including Moderator software to control collaboration, the BrightLink series is ideal for creating an immersive learning environment.”

 

The new BrightLink series delivers WXGA resolution for widescreen performance, as well as brightness and functionality options to accommodate nearly any classroom:

 

 

Product

Function

Color Brightness2

White Brightness2

Education Pricing

BrightLink 575Wi

Dual Pen-Based Interactive

2,700

2,700

$1,499

BrightLink 585Wi

Dual Pen-Based Interactive

3,300

3,300

$1,599

BrightLink 595Wi

Finger-Touch & Dual Pen-Based Interactive

3,300

3,300

$1,799

 

More about the BrightLink 595Wi

The BrightLink 595Wi is the first touch-enabled interactive 3LCD projector, equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard enabling finger touch control and annotations. The 595Wi supports gestures3, up to six fingers for annotations, as well as dual-pen support with redesigned interactive pens offering a smaller, more compact feel and programmable mouse button for toggling between most frequently used actions, overall enhancing the learning experience and allowing students and teachers to collaborate at a higher level.

 

More about the BrightLink Series

Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times brighter colors than leading competitive projectors4. By using Epson EasyMP® with Moderator software and Epson iProjection™ app, the new ultra-short throw series is also easy to network and integrate into classrooms adopting BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives. The three models offer PC-free annotation with a range of devices including document cameras, DVD and Blue-ray players as well as tablets and mobile devices, or no source at all. The series also delivers interactivity over the network and two HDMI ports including one with MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) support for connecting multiple digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for enriched high definition viewing capabilities.

 

The new BrightLink series also gives teachers more control within multi-device classrooms with built-in Moderator functionality, allowing up to 50 computers, tablets and other handheld devices to be connected via the network. Teachers can wirelessly control which personal devices are displayed, with up to four participant screens shown simultaneously, ideal for comparing students’ work and increasing classroom participation.

 

Furthering Epson’s commitment to interactive engagement, this family of BrightLink models is also compatible with educational curriculum applications including Promethean ActivInspire and SMART Notebook™ 11, allowing educators to foster greater interactivity among students of all ages and disciplines.

 

The three BrightLink models share additional easy-to-use and versatile features for the classroom, including:

 

–       Wireless interactivity: Use EasyMP software with a networked BrightLink projector to share and interact with content from your laptop as you move freely about the classroom

 

–       Large Interactive Area: Up to 100” diagonal – at a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard systems

 

–       Easy Interactive Tools (EIT) 3.0: Includes a refreshed user interface for increased ease-of-use, hardware control center and editable file format to save lessons and more

 

–       Epson iProjection: Leveraging the Epson iProjection app, teachers can present to BrightLink from most iOS Apple devices running iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®, and most Android devices running Android 2.3 or later

 

–       Redesigned Wall Mount: Offers longer arm for mounting to thicker boards and cover extension for hiding cables when installed

 

–       Speaker and Microphone Input: Dedicated input allows teachers to use a microphone to amplify voice using the internal 16W speaker, saving the teacher’s voice and ensuring all students can hear; volume can be adjusted using projector or remote control buttons

 

–       Monitor and Control: Epson EasyMP network software for network monitoring, maintenance scheduling, and email alerts to be sent via LAN; schedule function allows projector to run functions without the need to be connected to a network

 

–       3LCD Technology: Features the latest, 3LCD, 3-chip technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology provides an energy efficient light engine which uses available lamp light to create stunning images; in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness5

 

–       Dual Interactive Pens: Includes two interactive pens for writing, navigating and controlling interactive functions.

 

–       Long Life Lamps: The lamp life can last up to 10,000 hours6 in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time; replacement lamps cost $79, providing a lower overall total cost of ownership

 

Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors.

 

Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The new color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, teachers and students can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit www.colorlightoutput.com.

 

Availability and Support

The new Epson BrightLink projectors will be available in mid-April 2014 through select pro audio/visual dealers, K-12 and higher education users. Epson’s projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line and a two-year Road Service projector replacement program that includes projector exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, visitwww.epson.com/projectors.

 

About Epson

Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.

 

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.

 

You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).

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