Teaching is hard work, and any method that can make it easier is welcomed.
Projectors are an effective tool that makes teaching uncomplicated not only for the educator but for the student as well.
Interactive projectors work best and create a learning environment that makes students eager to learn and participate in class discussions.
Here are some benefits of how projectors can elevate your teaching experience.
Help with lesson planning and time management
Teachers have found that by planning their lessons on a projector they can determine the most effective ways to present their information. They also have a better understanding of how long a lesson will take to teach.
Gone are the days of knowing what chapter you want to teach and hoping you can get through all the information in one class period.
With the creation of slides and visuals to be projected onto a large screen, teachers now can meticulously plan out the information they want to present and each slide show has a time bar that alerts teachers to the length of their lesson.
With the knowledge of knowing how much information they have and how long it would take to teach, teachers can now plan their class periods down to the minute. This also helps teachers plan out their weeks and months.
Another time management advantage to using a projector is that teachers do not have to use class time to write information on a chalkboard or whiteboard.
Teachers can project information, charts, or images in a large format, and the projector gives the teacher more freedom and time to interact with students.
Help teachers create stimulating classrooms
Videos, web pages, and photos can all be accessed and projected to stimulate the students’ classroom experience.
Teachers no longer have to stand in front of a room and lecture for minutes on end.
Math teachers can create slides where numbers move, calculations can be written out, and word problems can be solved in a fun and exciting way.
History teachers can cast images of famous works of art, historical figures, or moments captured in time.
Groundbreaking speeches, news reels, and historic sporting events can all be replayed for students so they can experience what it was like to see and hear these moments as they were happening.
Statues and artwork can be projected in 3D so students can see all aspects of the piece. 3D images of famous people can also be projected for students to get a better sense of how people like Cleopatra or Julius Caesar may have looked.
Language teachers can stream and project tools that help students learn a language like cartoons, TV shows, and pages from books.
Enhance student engagement
Studies have shown that students are more likely to solve problems on their own when they are fully engaged in classroom learning, and projectors help heighten and strengthen that engagement.
The visual stimulation created by a projector may eliminate a student’s desire to stare out the window during discussions giving teachers everyone’s full attention.
Interactive projectors, especially projectors that cast images onto tabletops, have been found to fully grasp a student’s curiosity.
Tabletop projectors are great for showing maps, topography, and landscapes that hone in on a student’s awareness and fully immerse them in the lesson.
By having students standing around a table and watching the projection, each student gets a clear view of what is being taught and the visuals stimulate and hold their minds better than an ordinary photo or video making them less likely to drift off.
Teachers can successfully present material without the obstacle of ensuring everyone is understanding the lesson.
Every student learns in their own unique way, but projectors can make the learning experience more fun causing students to become curious about more than what is being taught.
When a student is fully connected with a lesson their imagination goes wild as opposed to unstimulated students who lose interest in learning.
With clear visuals and text projected on the screen, students are more likely to understand a lesson and develop questions that inspire them to discover more.
Teachers and students can work together to surf the Internet for further information to questions and the entire search is projected for the whole class to participate.
This interaction allows teachers to see the full scope of how a student learns.
Students can use projectors in their work
Projectors can be as interactive for students as you need them to be.
Many teachers utilize online games as a great way to keep students deeply involved with their work. Projectors allow for games to be cast onto a screen so that the class can play against each other for the highest score.
This creates a competitive environment that will make students eager to know the most amount of information possible for what is being taught.
Teachers no longer have to force students to get involved in lessons.
Projectors help students present more comprehensive oral projects.
Projectors can be hooked up to any student’s laptop, and that student can use the projections to teach the class or present material on whatever lesson is being taught.
Students do not have to rely on index cards for notes or bulky visual aids for speeches.
Students can work on their creativity by creating projects with slides, graphs, videos, and photos.
With a projector, students are unlimited in the amount of work they can create.
Projectors make the job of the teacher easier and more fun. Projectors promote organizations and stimulate class learning that was not possible before.
With projectors, students see learning as fun and they feel more connected as they see information displayed before them in a way that captures their imagination and inspires them to interact with the teacher and students.
In the end, teachers can present an effective lesson and create a nurturing learning environment that students will love.
Vance is a dad, former software engineer, and tech lover. Knowing how a computer works becomes handy when he builds Pointer Clicker. His quest is to make tech more accessible for non-techie users. When not working with his team, you can find him caring for his son and gaming.