Thanks to the emergence of 4K poor quality visuals are a thing of the past, with eight out of ten IT leaders predicting it to be the projector standard for the foreseeable future. Large venue projection, in particular, is expected to grow from the current level of 10% to 40% by 2020. Keen to embrace this trend, The Coleshill School, Birmingham, invested in Casio’s latest lamp-free projector for its main assembly hall
The crystal-clear sharpness and outstanding image resolution of Casio’s Large Venue Series has enhanced the learning and teaching experience of the 1,100-strong pupil body, as well as teachers at The Coleshill School. It has also played a pivotal role in PE lessons where sixth formers lead Zumba classes using online videos displayed in the
hall – allowing students to play an active role in their education.
In addition to the Large Venue Series, network manager, Neil Bridson, invested in 25 of Casio’s entry-level Core projectors to roll out across the school’s classrooms and replace existing lamp-based projectors. The lamp-free feature and five-year warranty were both important factors when it came to the purchasing process, he says. We checked-in with the school to see why they chose Casio and what rewards the school has reaped.
This is an important investment for the school; what led you to make the change and upgrade your projection technology using Casio?
Neil: “After reading about Casio’s industry leading low total cost of ownership (TCO), it made financial sense to make a bulk purchase. The lamp-free element really appealed as we’d only had traditional lamp-based projectors at the school previously. Now technicians no longer have to change lamps – which not only means they have more time, but additional spend on replacement bulbs is totally eliminated. Their five-year warranty has also given us total peace of mind for any servicing that might be required in the coming months and reliability that the projectors won’t encounter any technical issues during presentations.”
This was a school-wide install, how did you ensure it went smoothly and with minimum disruption?
Neil: “The install was entirely seamless from start to finish with CDEC’s involvement. The outstanding picture quality provided by the 4K resolution of the Large Venue Series has a huge impact on the image clarity and parents were highly impressed by the visuals during a recent school production of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. ”
Alex Carlton, business development manager at CDEC: “As a Premier Partner to Casio UK I attended a demonstration of the new Large Venue Series to discuss how the school wanted to use it for their different assemblies and events. As The Coleshill School already had a legacy solution in place, we utilised some of the existing brackets, which was important from both a cost saving and aesthetic point of view. We wanted to cause minimal disruption to staff and students, so our engineers worked around the time schedule within the hall to make sure it was a smooth process for the school.”
What has the impact of the school’s new 4K projection technology been for teaching staff?
Ian Smith-Childs, headteacher: “Casio projectors have totally transformed the way staff conduct their lessons now. The image resolution is so sharp and captures pupils’ attention from the moment the projector is turned on. Previously teachers had to wait quite a while for the projector to start up, but now there is no delay – lessons run much more efficiently.”
The school has seen many benefits – to learning and teaching environments as well as cost and time efficiencies. For example, the main assembly hall where the Large Venue Series is located is also used for mock exams. A visualiser has been plugged into the projector enabling teachers to display results and walk pupils through the answers to provide a totally immersive and engaging learning environment.
Although a large project, the introduction and adoption of this new projection technology in the school has been made easier due to the flexibility and quality of the projectors. This particular model is ideal for smaller spaces because of its brightness of up to 3,000 ANSI lumens and flexibility when being refitted to existing installations. That is another reason why the school’s IT department chose to install Casio’s Core projectors across 25 of its classrooms and why Neil is keen to roll out Casio’s Core projectors across all of the school’s 50 classrooms. “Due to the popularity of this projector amongst staff and its outstanding total cost of ownership – as well as environmental credentials due to the Laser and LED hybrid light source, we wouldn’t opt for anything other than Casio now.”