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Classroom Collaboration Comes to Life with Panasonic’s PB1 Interactive Display Series

For as long as we can remember, technology has helped shape the way we learn.  We have always made use and will continue to use one tool or another to explore the world around us and learn from it. Think back to the utility of the chalkboard, the pictures projected by the school’s overhead projector and the life behind that first classroom television.

In today’s schools, multifunctional devices (MFDs) such as interactive displays and whiteboards have become the latest tools to redefine the classroom learning experience. Numerous studies have illustrated the ways that MFDs are improving collaboration, boosting material retention and ultimately improving test scores. Interactive displays have demonstrated their ability to increase the progress of students by 51 percent in some areas, while delivering an overall improvement in test scores for more than 60 percent of students that experimented with the devices. In other cases, students were able to make the equivalent of up to 7.5 months’ additional progress as the result of using interactive displays when learning new science, writing and mathematics materials.

By using multifunctional devices, schools and teachers are also better suited to overcome the growing list of obstacles associated with high student demand, reduced state funding and rapidly evolving software tools. In just one example of how technology can reduce costs the National Center for Academic Transformation, a New York-based nonprofit, redesigned 200 of its campus courses this year to embrace technology in a move that saved an average of 37 percent. Interactive displays combine the best elements of chalkboards, projectors and televisions to help eliminate excessive software and hardware that often create additional obstacles for teachers.

As a leading provider of education solutions, Panasonic has provided technology to students and instructors in the classroom for many years. From providing alternative computing solutions to the St. Lucie School District in St. Lucie, Florida, to designing and installing comprehensive projector systems at Arizona State University,  Panasonic continues to allow education institutions to focus less time overcoming budget constraints and technological inefficiencies, and more time on learning material.

Our latest PB1 interactive plasma displays takes the power of technology one step further. The 65” TH-65PB1, 85” TH-85PB1 and 103” TH-103PB1 have all been built to boost engagement and productivity by putting simplicity hand-in-hand with pixel-for-pixel accuracy and versatility. These new plasmas feature built-in capabilities for our Digital Pen System that allow students and instructors to write, annotate, draw and move items independently around the screen with as many as four pens. Additionally, because the technology is based on fixed location pixels, the PB1 Series requires no calibration, which decreases total installation time and maintenance, minimizing long term costs. Whether it’s being used to present quarterly earnings in the boardroom, sketch out plays for athletes in the locker room or to watch documentaries in the classroom, the PB1 Series is guaranteed to transform the way students and instructors interact.

The PB1 Series displays also serve as excellent solutions for enterprise use as well, with wireless support that eliminates the hassles of messy cables and cords as well as an interface that encourages interaction inside and outside of the boardroom.

Rick Albert

Rick Albert is Vice-President, Flat Panel Displays & Hospitality Vertical Sales Team, of Panasonic Solutions Company (PSC), a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America that delivers content creation, collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for customers in hospitality, government, healthcare, education and media production, as well as a wide variety of commercial enterprises. Rick has over 33 years of experience in the Broadcast, AV, and Professional Display industries, including positions in sales, product marketing, marcom, and executive mgmt. Prior to his role as Vice-President in PSC, Rick was Vice-President of Panasonic Professional Display Company (PPDC), a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America that supplied Professional Plasma and LCD solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, Hotels, government agencies, and many commercial customers in the Professional AV markets. PPDC was part of a group of B2B focused divisions within Panasonic that were merged in April 2010 to form PSC. Rick started with Panasonic in 1986 and over the course of his career has managed sales, product marketing, marketing communications, channels, engineering, and product development. Rick Albert holds a B.S. in Business Mgmt. from West Virginia University and has completed US and international executive development programs at Panasonic.

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