HECC, that was a great show.

I wanted to jot down some notes about the recent HECC (Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators) show while it was still fresh in my mind. The November 18, 2010 & November 19, 2010 conference at the Crowne Plaza Union Station in Indianapolis, IN was one of the best.

HECC Conference

HECC Conference

While attention to the MCPc booth didn’t allow me to attend any of the breakout sessions, I consistently heard that the sessions were excellent.  But what I found to be even more excellent was the true interest of the vendors at the show to help Indiana K-12 schools in these lean economic times and the thirst of the K-12 technologists to provide for the students on a limited budget.

I had the honor of working with ViewSonic and Hewlett Packard in the MCPc

booth this year. Sure, these manufacturers compete with each other on some product lines, but they were able to come together under the MCPc banner to present new technology to Indiana’s K-12 technology coordinators.

ViewSonic’s PJD7383i is an ultra short throw DLP projector with interactive whiteboard functionality. Built for flexible and engaged learning, the PJD7383i offers industry-leading educational interactivity. The included pen turns any available surface (including blackboards and greenboards) into an interactive whiteboard, allowing for cost-effective presentations.

ViewSonic Projector

ViewSonic Interactive Projector

Compatibility with PowerPoint and WebEx software, in addition to a PC-less display function allowing students to present via USB, make this projector a flexible solution for all learning group sizes and setups.

Offers full network display functionality. With the ability to connect globally over the internet via IP and access other learning sites remotely, as well as multi-user options, allowing up to four individuals to present at o

nce via split screen matrix, this projector offers a new level of classroom-to-classroom connectivity at a low price point.

Leverages BrilliantColor™ technology to produce flawless, vibrant colors, while high brightness and contrast ratios ensure that the images are clear and crisp even in varied lighting situations. Delivering 2500 lumens with a 1024×768 XGA native resolution, the PJD7383i provides the power and interactivity of a traditional interactive white board at a fraction of the cost. With a throw ratio of just 0.61:1, the PJD7383i displays an 81” interactive image from a distance of just 39”.

For those that saw ViewSonic’s solution to the expensive components of an interactive smart board, this was was an obvious more economic solution. Oh, and did I mention a 6,000 hour bulb life and a less than $200 replacement bulb?

HP brought along their MultiSeat ms6000 Desktop, which I like to refer to as

HP MultiSeat

HP MutliSeat at HECC Conference

VDI-Lite. It provides schools the opportunity to lower their per desktop costs in lab environments or classrooms with multiple computers. As the core of the HP MultiSeat Computing Solution, the reliable HP Compaq MultiSeat ms6000 Desktop with new Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 provides a fully licensed and supported Windows operating system experience for up to 10 users.

After loading the software and drivers, just plug and play via included USB cables. HP MultiSeat and Microsoft MultiPoint Server is all you need to deliver the most cost-effective library, lab and classroom computing solution easily and affordably.

This PC sharing solution extends your student computing environment by delivering the familiar, reliable experience of a dedicated PC to multiple users for maximum cost savings, management and power efficiency. What makes this solution different from similar solutions is that HP MultiSeat is the only one that is fully licensed and supported by both HP and Microsoft.

Having smart solutions from HP and ViewSonic in one booth at HECC is a demonstration of the type of forward thinking I saw throughout the HECC conference. I’m looking forward to 2011 and assisting with the needs of the K-12 community in Indiana.