By Chris Byrne
For all the pros and cons, whether we like it or not…we live in a technology-driven world.
Classrooms are no longer limited to analog methods of communication/teaching, and educators are able to use a number of digital technologies to engage and disseminate information to their students.
One of the most widely used and effective technologies is projection!
Visual aids are known to be an effective means for conveying information, and projection takes visual learning to heights simply not possible with analog methods.
Projection allows teachers to display high-resolution images, videos, and virtual tours. It also brings education to life on a large scale, whether projecting educational videos or visualizations of complex concepts, diagrams, or graphics.
Projection can captivate and hold the attention of students, enabling critical thinking and allowing educators to promote deeper understanding of the material.
Projection can also allow interactive engagement, creating active participation.
Interactive projectors enable teachers and students to collaborate live, jump-starting discussion, problem solving, and encouraging students to come up to the board and interact with the projected content. This will promote engagement and teamwork, and it makes it far easier to learn and retain the lessons discussed.
Projection can also provide immersive experiences for the students, allowing them to travel beyond the confines of the classroom.
Whether it’s travelling to historical or religious sites, or travelling to distant planets or the bottom of the ocean, these experiences can help to make the abstract real. Immersive teaching through projection will help capture student’s imagination and foster a genuine passion for learning.
When it comes to picking a projector, there are a number of choices at various price points to suit almost all situations. However, there are a number of factors that must be considered to avoid issues and ensure that your content is getting to the students in a useful way.
Image size, throw distance, resolution, luminosity, connectivity, interactivity, screen compatibility, and, of course, budget are some of the main things to consider when making recommendations.
The best advice I could give someone looking to add projection to their classrooms would be to work with a professional, commercial audio/video specialist.
Whether that’s a local authorized dealer near you that would install everything for you or an online dealer that can help design, recommend, and provide product for your install, a commercial/pro a/v dealer will have the knowledge and expertise to pick the correct product and make the buying experience simple and satisfying so you can go back to what you do…teaching people.
Chris Byrne is the general manager of PSSAV.com. From projectors to projection screens, digital signage to gaming equipment, PSSAV is your source for audio visual equipment, offering more than 200 top brands.