A great educator constantly thinks of unique but appropriate ways and means to educate young minds. These days with the Internet, Blackberry, Gameboy, and mobile phones directly competing and coming in-between teachers and students, it has become increasingly difficult to keep students rooted and riveted on the topics in the classroom.
If you find yourself in this predicament and it hasn’t killed your passion for teaching, well then, it’s time to turn things around and share your literary novels, statistical projections, stories, and animated characters by using a slide projector for your classroom.
Using a slide projector gives you the advantage of coming up with creative, visually stimulating presentations. Innovative and fun, partnering with a slide projector as your teaching tool ensures never-boring lessons in the classroom.
If this one will work for you, then it’s time to consider buying a slide projector for your classroom:
- Measure the size of your classroom. The slide projector you should buy must have the capability to be set up in such a way that it can be seen well by those in front and especially the students sitting at the very back of the classroom.
- Get acquainted with the difference between a slide projector and an overhead projector: Slide projectors project images from photographs and templates into a full screen. Things to look for in a standard 150-mm fitted-lenses slide projector are its mounting mechanism, zooming mechanism, and height or elevation. This can be placed on any flat surface like a regular-sized table and allows you to manipulate the size of image on the screen using a knob. On the other hand, because of amazing technological advances, you can also go for a 35-mm overhead projector that can do slideshows with the use of a remote control. You can add graphics and special effects to make your presentation look very polished and professional. This type of projector has lenses that can be interchanged and automatically focuses without the use of a knob. For added variation, you can also consider a TRV-16H for 16mm film to video transfers. A caveat: Overhead projectors are ideal for large-scale events and conferences but can also be considered for classroom use. The cost of getting one is prohibitive, so for the classroom, a slide projector will do the job beautifully.
- Take a good look at the brands out there and choose well and carefully: Kodak, Proxima, Carousel, Elmo, Nikon, Braun Novamat, Sony, Omnigraphic, Da Lite, Boxlight, Optoma, Osram, NEC, Hitachi, Panasonic, Viewsonic, are the most commonly used projectors today. There are also hot deals online that you can avail of.
- Consider the amount you or your school would be willing to pay to buy a slide projector: A quick check into Amazon resulted to a price range for brand-name projectors beginning at $165 to $350.
- Request for a test-run from the manufacturer or supplier to make sure you are getting what you need based on your requirements and agenda.
- Finally, purchase your slide projector. Request the manufacturer or supplier to set it up for you onsite and be sure to keep the official receipt and Warranty Certificate.
Always have extra accessories like replacement bulbs, fans, tray, lamp, an extension cord, an AVR, universal adaptor, and lenses just in case you need it. Do not use laser pointers, as this is generally annoying for the audience. Besides, your kids might find this attractive that you might soon have a classroom full of laser pointers.