Free digital presenters for lucky schools

Ten lucky schools recently learned that they had been successful in their application for a free SDP-860 Digital Presenter.

The successful applicants were chosen by a panel of judges headed by Dave Smith, Chair of The Visualiser Forum from a large number of schools and other education establishments who participated in the Samsung 2010 "Focus on Learning" Grant.

Amanda Doyle, Principal Teacher at Battlefield Primary School in Glasgow, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be given a free Samsung SDP-860. We are certainly going to be able to put it to good use. Our P.2 class is currently participating in the ‘Leonardo Effect’ project which teaches Art and Science in an interdisciplinary format. The children are investigating seeds, plants and insects and it will be invaluable for them to project tiny objects onto a large screen to see every detail.

“I have also put my class forward for a ‘Radiowaves’ project where the children will produce videos, blogs and podcasts to showcase to other schools. The Samsung Presenter’s real motion video capabilities will allow my pupils to add audio sounds and information and video to their blogs and podcasts as they appear on the screen.”

Samsung launched its 2010 "Focus on Learning" Grant Programme to commemorate the introduction of the SDP-860 into the British Isles market. The SDP-860 has been designed specifically with the education sector in mind and although it is packed with advanced features and functions, it has been priced to make it affordable for the vast majority of schools.

Flexible and versatile, the SDP-860 with a combined optical and digital 48x zoom capability, can generate fine detailed images of the smallest of objects while the optical lens with auto-focus can form images of documents as large as A3, on one screen. An optional microscope adaptor can be provided for microscopic viewing.

The SDP-860 outputs resolutions from XGA up to 1080p HD and true SXGA at 30 frames per second for fast and smooth video streaming. It also supports DVI output and a wide screen (16:9) display, enabling connection to PDP and LCD devices. Incorporating Samsung Techwin's proprietary ISP chipset and 2D/3D noise reduction technology, the SDP-860 can deliver crystal clear, noise-free images in low light environments. It also has a built-in microphone as well as an external microphone connection, giving teachers and students the option to record video and sound synchronised to their presentations.

The SDP-860 supports an SD card storage capacity of up to 32 GB on which data, still images, video and sound can be saved. A particularly interesting feature is the Page Detection menu which provides motion detection capabilities, automatically saving book pages or A4 documents onto SD memory cards when they are viewed.

The Visualiser Forum ( provides advice on the effective use of digital presenter to support teaching and learning.