When To Use A Projector In The Classroom
A projector can be a useful tool to help engage students. Especially in classes such as science, where there is a lot of information to learn, technology such as projectors can help keep students interested. Use these tips to determine when it may be appropriate to use projection technology.
The first step is to define the educational goals of your lesson. In general, consider using a projector to make information more interactive and engaging for students, or use it as a way to explore ideas within a group setting or through collaboration. Also, consider using projection technology when there is a lot of related material that needs to be covered, and you want students to see all of the material together. For example, suppose you are teaching biology. In that case, it may be appropriate to use a projector to show images that relate to certain topics, rather than each image being shown one by one on the board.
There are many types of projectors available today. They come in different resolutions, so be sure to choose one that will work with the equipment you already have. For example, if you are using a smartboard or interactive whiteboard, make sure your projector is HD compatible. Another consideration is how much control you want over the images shown on the screen. Some models allow you to project directly from your computer, while other projectors use a separate computer to work. This may be an important feature if you plan on teaching with images or videos that come from other sources, such as the internet.
Be sure to choose a projector appropriate for your classroom setting and compatible with your teaching style. You can test out different models before purchasing one. Also, be sure to check with your school’s technology department before buying a projector, as many schools already have this equipment installed.
You can use projectors in different ways during class. Here are some examples:
As you write on the board or an interactive whiteboard, project images directly onto another surface for group viewing. This is a great way to share visual information, such as comparing and contrasting images from different sources.
Project images on large walls or windows that are not connected to an interactive whiteboard or projector, such as the ones found outside of your classroom. For example, there may be a wall with a water fountain nearby. The projector can be used to send information about water conservation onto the wall. Or, you can project images on windows next to your class doors so that students passing outside will have the opportunity to learn more about what is being taught inside.
Use a projector as a way for students to engage with material independently. For example, allow students to download videos from the internet and project them on a classroom wall where all students can see the same content together. Or, use a projector as a way for teachers to send information directly to your class by projecting images onto surfaces that are not connected to an interactive whiteboard or board.