Now that I have a LCD projector, how can I use it to help teach?

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Having an LCD projector can give you greater flexibility when teaching.

In the past, a teacher who wanted to display information for a classroom full of students had only a few options at his disposal: writing everything out on the chalkboard manually or projecting it onto a screen using a transparency projector. Today, the liquid crystal display (LCD) technology becoming common in homes has also made its way into the classroom. If you're an educator who teaches in a school equipped with LCD screens, you can incorporate this technology into your lessons in several ways.


    • 1 Present class notes and materials using the LCD projector, just as you would have using an older device, such as a transparency projector. Connect the LCD projector to your laptop or desktop computer and open up the program that contains the presentation you'd like to give.

    • 2 Use the LCD projector to show picture slide shows. Hook the projector up to your computer and play a slide show of images from your Pictures folder while you narrate the images in the context of the class.

    • 3

      Play video clips and even full-length movies. In almost all cases, your projector screen will be significantly larger than any TV you can bring into the classroom --- and probably clearer. Play any videos you have on your computer for your students or a pertinent DVD movie that relates to the topic of the class.


    • Set up a game to work on the LCD projector so that the whole class can participate. For example, you might create a memory game where students need to "pick" a card, make note of the word or image it represents and then find a matching card somewhere else on the board.