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Windmill Springs School Breaks Through With Hitachi Software Interactive Whiteboards

— Windmill Springs School teachers see dramatic improvement in special needs student performance through use of Hitachi Software FX-77 interactive whiteboard. —

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, December 10, 2007 – Underscoring the dramatic educational applications of interactive presentation solutions, Windmill Springs School in Northern California‘s Franklin-McKinley School District has introduced the Hitachi Software FX-77 StarBoard interactive whiteboard to its Special Day class with an immediate and tremendous response from the students. Sold through Troxell Communications, the FX-77 was installed in June 2007 and was first used by the staff when school began in August.

Teacher Amy Kolb Tucker teaches a sixth through eighth grade mild/moderate Special Day class of 17 students whose conditions vary from those having specific learning disabilities, to others who‘ve been diagnosed with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder or identified as having developmental disabilities. “I try to follow the same curriculum as our seventh and eighth grade team,” explained Ms. Kolb Tucker. “Modifications are made to reduce the amount of independent reading and writing, and to make the content more accessible.”

In addition to the FX-77 StarBoard whiteboard, Windmill Springs School has deployed a Hitachi Software BT-2G wireless freedom tablet capable of a 65-foot range allowing greater mobility for teachers and increased interactivity among students. The FX-77 and BT-2G are used in conjunction with a networked Hitachi CP-X268 projector that is remotely monitored by the District.

“The StarBoard interactive whiteboard has become an essential tool in our classroom,” commented Ms. Kolb Tucker. “From reviewing the daily schedule and reviewing our daily behavior goals together to creating graphic organizers and visual writing prompts: The students and I can‘t seem to remember how we learned without it! I continue to be amazed at how quickly the students learned to use the seemingly limitless features of the board.”

Further expanding the use of the FX Series StarBoard whiteboard, Ms. Kolb Tucker also uses the StarBoard software to access interactive internet activities to support math and language art curricula. “Student motivation and participation are greatly increased when they know they will get to use the StarBoard,” added Ms. Kolb Tucker.

Hitachi Software products are operated with the StarBoard software technology enabling dynamic interactivity in any presentation with annotation capabilities on computer applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. The full line of Hitachi Software products includes the StarBoard FX-Series interactive whiteboards (FX-82, FX-77 and FX-63) used in both education and business applications; the StarBoard T-Series interactive panels with applications in lecture halls and training rooms, allowing presenters and teachers the ability to directly face the class while operating the screen panel; and the lightweight StarBoard BT-2G Bluetooth Tablet system that is small enough to be portable and allows presenters to roam up to 65 feet away and still control a presentation.

For more information on Troxell Communications, please visit www.trox.com.

About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, produces and markets a wide variety of digital products for business and consumers. The division‘s Consumer Group markets high-definition plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs, LCD projectors, and camcorders. The division‘s Business Group markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEM.

Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd. develops advanced interactive communications tools for education, training and boardroom applications including interactive whiteboards, plasma displays and tablets all powered by the company‘s category-leading StarBoard software. For more information about Hitachi Software, visit www.hitachi-soft.com.

Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi’s product categories. For consumer products, please visit www.hitachi.us/tv. For business products, please visit www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia. For more information about electronic whiteboards and Starboard software, please visit Hitachi Software at www.hitachi-soft.com.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

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