September 2013 News
Sony execs seek input on education product from Forest teachers
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Sony execs seek input on education product from Forest teachers

WEST HAVEN, Sept. 20, 2013 — When Sony Corporation releases a new and improved projector for interactive white boards, two Forest Elementary School teachers may deserve some of the credit.

Forest educators Jaimee Soto and Shalynn Swinton recently demonstrated how they use the white boards with students during a visit with three company representatives from Japan and offered ideas for improvements. Forest was one of just two schools in the state chosen for the site tour.

The Sony engineers and executives came to America to get teacher input, with plans to bring that information back to fellow employees of the global electronics and entertainment company in Japan for projector models that may hit the market in a few years.

“I felt very fortunate to be able to meet with them and discuss the evolution of their technology, as well as the importance of providing students with the opportunity to use technology in their everyday lives at school,” said Soto, Forest’s grade one leader.

HB Communications Inc., a technology company that sold the white boards to the school district, helped coordinate the Sept. 10 Sony visit. An employee of HB Communications said Forest was selected because interactive technology best caters to younger students, and since HB Communications installed 10 white boards in the school last spring.

The Sony contingent appreciated Soto’s and Swinton’s feedback on projector brightness and audio and learned what aspects of the product teachers use most often.

Forest Principal Thomas Hunt said interactive boards are important, especially for students who don’t have computers at home and need to be exposed to technology. They can also use software programs or visit websites as a class to receive a different user experience than when children complete those tasks individually, Hunt added.

He was pleased Sony was able to see teachers and white boards in action at Forest. “What an opportunity for us to be selected out of all the sites HB Communications works with,” Hunt said.

Swinton, the grade two leader, said she enjoyed offering insight to Sony, saying, “I thought it was great. They’re very progressive.”

Contact: Communications Director Susan Misur, 203-937-4300 X7114; susan.misur@whschools.org