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How to Overcome the U.S. Education Budget Cuts

Posted by Russell Barefield on Wed, Aug 17, 2016

How to Overcome the U.S. Education Budget Cuts


Federal funding for education has dropped by 20 percent in the last five years, according to a U.S. News report.

Schools all over the country have felt the tremendous effects of these budget cuts from layoffs to increased class sizes to limited after school services. But perhaps one of the most detrimental losses in schools has been the decrease in technology funds.

How can we expect students to be equipped to succeed in a world where technology dominates if they don’t have access to it in their primary place of learning? 

An ISTE study shows 77 percent of teachers say technology use in the classroom actually motivates students to learn, and 91 percent of administrators reported that effective technology use is critical to facilitating student achievement.

The rest of this post will provide educators with several resources to help overcome the budget cuts and keep technology in the classroom.

Budget-Friendly Solutions To Keep Technology In The Classroom

Join Educational Assist Programs

One of the best options available for teachers to keep technology integrated in the classroom despite budget restrictions is to join an educational assist program. Many companies have grants for or will make donations to educators.

As part of the BenQ Educator Discount program, we provide a generous 50 percent reduction on award-winning teaching tools for qualifying schools, school districts, science centers, and libraries. Simply fill out a form to apply for the discount on top-of-the-line interactive projectors and flat panels.

You can also join donation websites, although the applications can take a lot of work and receiving a product is not guaranteed. Donorschoice.org and Classwish.org are just two of the websites that were created to help schools and classrooms get the devices they need.

SEE ALSO: BENQ DONATES MX813ST CLASSROOM PROJECTOR TO BOOST INTERACTIVE LEARNING


Invest In Reliable Technology

This second tip may be common sense to some, but it is certainly worth reiterating. Because technology budgets are currently so limited, it is more important than ever to ensure that your equipment purchases are high quality investments that come with a reliable, parts and labor warranty. Check out our inclusive warranty and return policies here at BenQ.

Purchase Refurbished Equipment

Just because a product is refurbished does not mean it isn’t a good purchase. Our refurbished products are tested for functionality and defects before they are sold. If needed, they are repaired. BenQ has a wide selection of refurbished products that come with a warranty and easy returns, so you can rest assured that your purchase will be covered.

Implementing technology in the classroom sets students up for success in their future careers. It makes them excited about learning and is a very effective way to engage those students with more diverse learning styles. 

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Topics: Education

The Must-Have Qualities Of A 21st Century Classroom

Posted by Todd Zimmermann on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The Must-Have Qualities of a 21st Century Classroom


With the ever-increasing advancements in modern technology, the look and feel of the classroom is constantly evolving. To help educators keep up with all the innovations, we compiled a list of the top five characteristics of the 21st century classroom. If your classroom embodies each of these qualities, you can be sure that your students will acquire the skills they need to be successful in the future.

5 Characteristics Of The 21st Century Classroom

Transitioning From Teacher To Facilitator 

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In the modern day classroom, the teacher is not an authoritarian figure. Instead, the role of the 21st century educator is to guide and encourage students who play a more active part in their education. Teachers have adapted to act as a resource while their students learn by doing themselves. They recognize that each student has his/her own learning styles, and they provide support for the individual’s needs.

The Necessity Of Computers

Computers are an essential component of the modern classroom. Having computers, laptops, or tablets in the classroom enables teachers to enhance their lessons and students to master much-needed technology skills. Whether it’s used for alphabet sing-along songs, interactive math games, conducting research, utilizing Google docs, or even physical education videos on rainy days, computers make learning more engaging and effective.

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Students are more likely to retain knowledge when they’re actively involved in a lesson. Students of this generation need to be engaged in what they’re learning, and there are many ways to facilitate this. One way is to have an interactive projector in the classroom that engages the senses. Using a projector, students are not only able to watch and listen to material, but with touchscreens they can now physically participate in a lesson as well.

Opportunities For Creative Expression

Providing students with an outlet for their creativity is another component of the 21st century classroom. Creative thinking leads to innovation. There are many tools that foster creativity among students by allowing them to develop websites, coding for games, and even online storybooks. Using inventive tools like these builds critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Fostering Collaborative Environments

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Working and learning in groups also encourages the development of critical thinking and exposes students to new ideas. Although many students would like to work alone, learning in isolation can slow down progress, and the chances of working alone in a future career are slim. Incorporate collaborative learning into your classroom by facilitating activities like group projects and debates. This will also improve communication skills.

Integrate each of these characteristics into your classroom and you will create a more contemporary environment where students will thrive. It’s very important for educators to stay on top of developments in technology and adapt to the changes they bring to the classroom. We hope that being aware of these five qualities of the 21st century classroom will help you better equip your students for the future.

 

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Topics: Education

How A High Quality Monitor Can Enhance Your Creative Work

Posted by Chris Wang on Tue, Aug 09, 2016

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A monitor is a necessary tool for many creative fields, including graphic design, photography, video editing, animation, and CAD/CAM. But did you know that a good monitor can also improve the quality of your work? This article will outline several benefits of high quality monitors that increase productivity, from features that reduce eye fatigue so you can focus longer, to those that ensure you don’t have any unexpected results in your finished product.

Four Ways A Monitor Can Enhance Your Work

Reproduce Colors With 100% Accuracy

Having a high quality monitor with superior color accuracy helps designers and editors spot variances between colors better, detect issues before sending a project to production, and reduce unexpected results on print or across different computer screens. Each of these benefits increases their efficiency.

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A monitor will provide the best color accuracy possible if it has a 14-bit LUT, covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, and has a 100% range on the sRGB. In addition, a monitor should be calibration ready, which will help maintain the highest level of color consistency.

A monitor with IPS display technology will also enhance color accuracy. IPS panels are the best kind of monitors for creative professionals because out of all the types of panels available, they offer the best color rendition, grayscale performance, and viewing angles. Some monitors even come with convenient shading hoods that reduce glare.

Have All The Workspace You Need

The ability for cross-application work that larger monitors provide enables a designer or editor to work faster. It’s not uncommon for a designer’s screen to be jam-packed with multiple windows open simultaneously. This is because they need to be able to easily access multiple applications at a time. 408_8_resource_ext.jpg

Dragging and dropping images or copy/pasting text into design software is much more convenient with a screen size that’s between 27 and 32 inches. We also recommend choosing a monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels for the highest degree of visible detail and definition available.  

And if you need even more workspace than just one monitor can provide, a quality screen with advanced I/O ports can solve that problem too. Monitors with DisplayPort functionality enable you to connect multiple monitors without losing image quality across your displays. Several of BenQ’s monitors come with a full range of connectivity including DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI, so you can have the flexibility to connect various devices and peripherals as well.

Work Longer With Protected Vision

Eye strain greatly affects efficiency. Did you know that some monitors are equipped with eye protect sensors that can automatically detect ambient light levels throughout the day and adjust your monitor’s brightness accordingly? Another convenient feature for eye health is ZeroFlicker technology. Conventional LCD screens flicker 200 times per second, which causes strain on the eyes. This technology eliminates flickering at all brightness levels. 1436958910.jpg

One of the other main causes of eye discomfort while viewing your screen is the blue light spectrum that it emits. BenQ monitors have a convenient Low Blue Light Mode feature that eliminates the problem of irritating blue light. With our BL3200PT monitor, you can instantly activate this feature by simply pushing the OSD controller button on the monitor’s stand.  

Eliminate Physical Strain

A creative professional will spend the majority of his/her life in front of a computer screen, so monitors that eliminate short term physical strain are crucial to preventing long term physical damage. They also help you work more comfortably. There are many monitors available with ergonomic features. You should have a monitor that can be adjusted in several different ways - height, tilt, pivot, and stroke - to create the ideal workstation for your body type.

As you can see, having a monitor with the right features can improve the quality of your work in many different ways. Here at BenQ, we create monitors that include all of the above features, and more. Check out our complete selection of Creative Class Monitors here. Providing creatives with the right tools to work efficiently, comfortably, and convey their message accurately is necessary to produce excellent work.

 

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Topics: Video Editing, Creative Class Monitors, Animations, Digital Design, Graphic Design

5 Ways to Get the KO in Street Fighter on a BenQ ZOWIE RL Series Monitor

Posted by Ronald Kim on Thu, May 05, 2016

BenQ ZOWIE RL-series monitors, adopted worldwide by most professional eSports tournaments and gamers, have exclusive features to give you a bad a$$ Street Fighter gaming experience as you KO your opponents.

Lag-free Technology Providing Real-time Response

All BenQ ZOWIE RL series monitors are designed to provide a fast, lag-free gaming experience. This is imperative for fighting games like Street Fighter where every millisecond counts. With a fast eSports monitor, you’re able to see and respond to your opponents’ actions up to 10x faster than a TV or “normal” monitor.

Built in HDMI Out

The BenQ ZOWIE RL2460HT is the first console eSports monitor built with an HDMI out. Why it matters?:

  • With the HDMI out you can connect a second monitor so you can compete head-to-head without having to share the same screen.
  • Without HDMI out, anyone who streams their game to the computer or online has to connect their capture device before the monitor; which causes lag. With HDMI out, you can connect your console to the monitor and then to the capture card, eliminating the input lag.

ZeroFlicker Technology

ZeroFlicker Technology helps reduce eye strain, which can help keep you playing while you dominate with your signature match-ending roundhouse kicks to the jaw.

Special Designed Frame

Concentration is key. The RL series LCD frame is specially designed to reduce light reflection from the screen, keeping your focus on the game and your opponent’s c.hp.

Adopted Preferred by Most Professional eSports Tournaments and Players

Not to brag, but we’re the official eSports gaming monitor for tournaments worldwide, including DreamHack Austin Street Fighter, EVO, UMG, Bandai Tekken 7 tour and Major League Gaming.

Professional teams like Evil Geniuses, Cloud 9, EnvyUS, Flash Wolves, mousesports, JWong, K-Brad, ChocoBlanka, Momochi, PPMD, PR Balrog, Ricki Ortiz and Mang0 also swear by our monitors.

Go Next Level on ‘Em

If you want to take your console eSports gaming to the next level, grab a BenQ ZOWIE RL series monitor—trusted and used by the best.

See RL-Series Monitors in Action

DreamHack Austin console competitors will experience the benefits of the RL2460HT features this weekend—it’s the official monitor for the Street Fighter V tournament with a guaranteed $5,0000 pot bonus and a chance to win Capcom Pro Tour points. Competitors will also battle in the Pokkén tournament, the new Pokémon fighting game, for a $5,000 prize pool and points for the World Championships.

You can follow the action of all things DreamHack Austin on their webpage (http://dreamhackaustin.com/) and on our Twitter account (@ZOWIEbyBenQ).

If you’re attending Dreamhack Austin, stop by our booth #135 to chat with our experts and try our newest products.

Topics: gaming monitors, ZOWIE

ZOWIE the eSports brand by BenQ

Posted by Ronald Kim on Thu, Dec 10, 2015

In 2010, BenQ and ZOWIE collaborated in designing the first professional gaming monitors for competitive gaming, now known as BenQ’s XL and RL series. Today, we are proud to announce that ZOWIE is the new eSports brand for BenQ. Now with our resources combined in research and development, passion for gaming, and philosophy of creating high-performance gaming gear, we will develop superior equipment to meet the demands of competitive gamers worldwide.

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Read about the full press release here - http://www.benq.us/news/1449759626_20_341.html

Stay updated with ZOWIE gaming gear here - http://info.benq.us/zowie

 

Topics: ZOWIE

Refresh Rate (Hz), Explained!

Posted by Ronald Kim on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

 
What is Hz(Hertz)?

If you've ever looked into the features of a monitor you will commonly see the abbreviation "Hz.”What is Hz and why does it matter? Named after Heinrich Hertz, hertz is a unit of frequency that defines the number of cycles per second of a periodic phenomenon. When applied to monitors, it basically means that 1 hertz = 1 frame per second. The higher the Hz, the more frames your monitor can display per second.

 

How many Hz do you need?

The preferable amount of Hz you would need depends on your source. For full registration of your frames, you want have the same or more Hz than frames per second. This way you aren't losing any frames in rendering.

Most major movies and TV broadcasting do not display anything more than 30 frames per second. Console systems like the Xbox and PlayStation generally do not exceed 60 frames per second and 60 Hz. For computers and laptops we recommend 144 Hz. You should try to have the same or more Hz than frames per second when gaming. 3D content requires  120 Hz.

 

Why is Hz important?

In a FPS game, the higher the Hz the smoother the rendering and less blurring from image artifacts. This is especially important when playing games like first person shooters or ones where scenes and game-play are fast action. The higher Hz and FPS allows for smoother aiming, tracking, and rendering so game-play is enhanced and provides an advantage over those with slower Hz and FPS.

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CONCLUSION:

If you're a gamer and looking to upgrade your equipment to increase performance, follow below quick guidelines and check out BenQ's RL and XL series 1 MS response time gaming monitors built for console and computer gaming with the optimal refresh rate (Hz).

 

Console gaming = 60 Hz   --->      BenQ RL Gaming Monitor

 

 

Computer gaming = 144 Hz  --->  BenQ XL Gaming Monitor

 

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BenQ Partners with the 2015 Triumph Games In Support of US Veterans

Posted by Ronald Kim on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

BenQ Partners with the 2015 Triumph Games In Support of US Veterans

BenQ is proud to announce a partnership with OurVetSuccess®, producer of the Triumph Games. The 2015 Triumph Games will feature 12 world-class veteran athletes competing in three rounds of challenges testing their physical strength, mental acuity, and the will to win for a chance at $100,000. During one of the rounds, the veterans will compete in a gaming segment to test their mental aptitude in the strategy game Hearthstone, utilizing BenQ's RL2460HT monitor.

CBS Sports Network will air the one-hour primetime television special on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET, with a second showing at 10 p.m. ET. CBS Sports Network's John Schriffen and Patrick Murphy, who was nominated in September by President Barack Obama to serve as Under Secretary of the U.S. Army and is also  a contributor on MSNBC, will co-host the show.

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Event updates are available via the Triumph Games Facebook page, Twitter @TriumphGames15 or #TriumphGames, Instagram @TriumphGames and online at www.2015triumphgames.com.

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Five Ways a Professional Gaming Monitor Gives you a Winning Advantage

Posted by Ronald Kim on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

 

When it comes to gaming equipment, everyone knows it's vital to have a high performance computer, but the impact of a monitor is sometimes overlooked. Here are five ways a professional gaming monitor gives you a winning advantage.

 

1.  144 HZ Refresh Rate

The refresh rate of a monitor determines how many frames per second your monitor can display. If the monitor is 144 HZ refresh rate—like the BenQ XL series—you will be able to use and see 144 frames per second, which will provide you with smoother gameplay and dramatically reduced motion blur. These features allow mouse tracking, aiming, and flick shots to be that much easier since you have more frames to work with.

 

2.  1 MS (GTG) Response Time (0.001 seconds)

Response time is often referred to as "input lag." This is how long it takes for an action from your mouse/keyboard/controller to display on the monitor. The lower the number, the faster the monitor can display your actions. It’s vital to have a monitor that can keep up with your actions because every millisecond counts.


3.  Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light Technology

Let's be real, who only plays video games for an hour? Flicker-free technology eliminates flickering at all brightness levels—effectively reducing eye strain. Low Blue Light Technology filters up to 70 percent of the blue light spectrum, which has been shown to be the main cause of eyestrain, headaches, and sleeping disorders. With Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light Technology, gamers can protect their eyes and enjoy longer gaming sessions.


4.  Black eQualizer Color Engine Technology

I'd say one of the most annoying things is dying to a scumbag camper sitting in the darkest corner of the map. Black eQualizer effectively increases the brightness of all the dark areas without overexposing the light areas. Campers are no longer safe.


5.  Adjustable Viewing Angles

An adjustable monitor stand and the ability to tilt and swivel it allows you to align your eyes exactly how you want to the monitor. We recommend aligning your eyes horizontally and vertically with the mid-point of the monitor (generally where crosshair is placed).

 



 

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Topics: gaming monitors

Curtains Please: treVolo Takes Center Stage at the Luxury Technology Show 2015

Posted by Samantha Richardson on Mon, Sep 28, 2015

BenQ Shows Off Portable Speaker at High-End Tech Event Touting Distinct Design and Sophisticated Sound

We are excited to announce that our award-winning treVolo portable electrostatic Bluetooth® speaker will be featured at this year's Luxury Technology Show.  The show will be held on Sept. 30th at the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The one-of-a-kind showcase brings together the latest innovations from some of the most prestigious and cutting-edge technology brands in categories such as home and business electronics, high-end appliances, mobile devices, and more.

Our uniquely designed treVolo speaker is equipped with dual woofers and dual passive radiators for authentic bass tones. It also features a quad-amplified design that optimizes driver output for maximum performance. treVolo lets music take flight for up to 12 hours on a single charge and adds a convenient speakerphone function — with noise-canceling microphone — so that users can easily make or take calls.

Find the full press release here

 

For more information on the Luxury Technology Show, please go to www.thelts.com.

Additional details on BenQ's treVolo electrostatic Bluetooth speaker are available at: www.trevolomusic.com.

 

 

Topics: treVolo electrostatic bluetooth speaker, electrostatic speaker, bluetooth speaker

BenQ Releases SW2700PT Creative Class Monitor for Photography Lovers

Posted by Ronald Kim on Wed, Sep 09, 2015

Today, we are proud to announce the release of our new SW2700PT monitor for the every day photographer!

Made specifically for photography enthusiasts, the 27-inch IPS panel features QHD 2560x1440 resolution, 99% Adobe RGB color space, and BenQ's Eye-Care and RevolutionEyes™ technologies to provide exceptional visual comfort for any photo hobbyist. When combined with the monitor's calibration settings, black-and-white mode, and the convenience of an external controller, the display ensures complete color accuracy, a simple editing process, and the ability to streamline the photo sharing process.

The color management monitor specializes in reproducing color tones with a Delta-E value of less than or equal to two, and features a 14-bit 3D LUT to display the most accurate color mixture for improved RGB color blending. This results in impeccable color and gray tone reproduction.

To increase visual comfort and decrease eye strain during long periods of use, the SW2700PT features BenQ's RevolutionEyes technology, which eliminates flickering at all brightness levels for a healthier user experience. Combined with BenQ's Low Blue Light technology, the ZeroFlicker™ monitor effectively filters visual exposure to the release of blue spectrum light — providing users with a unique value proposition that seeks to maximize eye comfort without any noticeable impact on onscreen imaging or monitor performance.

Available now, the BenQ SW2700PT retails at $629.99. More information on the full line of BenQ products visit www.BenQ.us

Learn more about the SW2700PT here.

Read the full press release here.

 

Topics: photographer monitor, • Adobe RGB, • IPS monitor

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