BenQ's RP653 IFP Transforms Learning at Castleberry Independent School District

The RP653 Interactive Flat Panel Boosts Collaboration With High Brightness, High Resolution and 20-Point Multi-Touch

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Jan. 26, 2017 -- BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that the Castleberry Independent School District (ISD) successfully completed the installation of its RP653 Interactive Flat Panel (IFP) displays. Providing engaging curriculum and collaboration, BenQ's RP653 IFPs were installed in 128 classrooms and administrative conference spaces at the Fort Worth, Texas organization.


"Our previous solution, a whiteboard paired with an interactive projector, was eight years old and starting to fail," said Renee Smith-Faulkner, assistant superintendent for technology services at Castleberry ISD. "This two-piece system had become an unreliable solution that not only required a lot of resources and time to troubleshoot but was no longer advancing collaborative learning in the classroom or creating an interactive and engaging environment for meetings and planning sessions at the administrative level. Out of the gate, the BenQ RP653 introduced a whole new dynamic and resolved the frustration our teachers, administrators and technology team felt."

Initially, the school district installed the RP653 65" IFPs in eight classrooms for a two-week pilot. The trial period was met with overwhelming support. It took very little instruction to get everyone comfortable with using the panels; teachers were immediately able to create new curriculum with the panels that enabled new levels of rigor. The RP653's full HD screen, 350 cd/m2 screen brightness, and 1,400:1 contrast ratio delivered a crisp, clear and bright image that students can see without leaving their seats. With 20-point multi-touch capabilities, multiple students are able to work side by side at the expansive 65" screen and simultaneously touch the screen with virtually no delay in screen response. BenQ's QTouch software also enables students to use different colored pens to annotate and interact with onscreen content. The touchscreen is enhanced with BenQ's exclusive Eye-Care features, including anti-glare glass to minimize light reflections and improve readability, as well as Low Blue Light and ZeroFlicker" backlight technologies to help reduce eye fatigue during long hours of content viewing and instruction. Finally, a tempered glass bacteria-resistant coating on the screen helps reduce the spread of germs.

The Castleberry ISD teachers are also tapping into the additional benefits of the IFP's built-in suite of applications, helping improve classroom management and efficiency. Utilizing DisplayNote, a free bundled desktop and mobile application, educators have been able to create more collaborative lessons by streaming any content directly from their computers or via the cloud to other touchscreens and various devices. In addition, teachers are also using Google Hangouts to create interactive lesson planning sessions with other teachers across the district.

"The challenges Castleberry ISD faced are a great example of the driving force behind BenQ's advanced classroom technologies," said J.Y. Hu, vice president, business line management at BenQ America Corp. "The BenQ RP653 IFP, along with our full portfolio of interactive flat panels, is purpose-built to enable more interactive and immersive experiences in the classroom by delivering HD resolution, multi-touch capabilities and collaboration tools. The result is a more connected and enriched learning environment with access to a wider variety of appealing content that makes learning fun and helps students achieve greater success."

More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us. 

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life," fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling projector brand powered by TI DLP® technology in The Americas(1). BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific" projectors, ZOWIE eSports gear and monitors, interactive large-format displays, mobile audio products, cloud consumer products and lifestyle lighting for any application and market -- education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V and IT -- with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability and aesthetics. Whether it's interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon 1H2016 data from the Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life," BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers' lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today -- lifestyle, business, healthcare and education -- with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $22+ billion powerhouse comprised of nearly 20 independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group's vast resources, broad R&D and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company's vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life. The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world's top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BenQ AB DentCare Corp., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., LILY Medical Corp. and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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