Saturday, October 15, 2005

Overheads?

My current concern is that the LCD projectors in the classrooms will become fancy replacements for the overheads that we currently have. I would like to take the technology to the next level past PowerPoint but I am currently having problems seeing how to do this with the number of students that I have.

3 comments:

Karl Fisch said...

I have that worry as well. That's why we applied for all this grant money - so as a group we can help figure this out. I knew I wasn't smart enought do it by myself! I think the key, though, is going to revolve around "covering" less but doing it better, and then turning more of it over to the students. I think there's a very good chance they will think of ways to use it that we wouldn't.

JanW said...

It will only be a fancy overhead if that is the only way you can think to use it. You have shown yourself to be a creative teacher and I imagine that you will be just as creative with the projector as you have been with other innovations. Imagine if you had used the projector to show those images to your students and the conversation had been spontaneous in your classroom. Do you think your students might have seen more with the help of each other? Would this have lead to mmore discussion of physical features, easy of identification, etc.? I really don't know what I'm talking about here except that the technology might have presented you with more teachable moments. Just a random thought.

Cara S. said...

I'm right there with you Mr. H. That single idea--going beyond Power Point--was the main reason I signed up for this class. Little did I know what I was actually getting into! But, I think that keeping it simple is always a great place to start. Maybe it's just putting up an image on the screen and having kids bring up prior knowledge, discuss an issue, etc. Or, we do something that integrates the use of the white boards...have a topic on the screen and make the students write review questions about it? Then they could trade white boards and answer each others. Just thinking out loud.