Projectors in the Classroom

Ideas for use:

  • Brainstorming using Inspiration/Kidspiration or free sites such as Gliffy
  • Create flowcharts, diagrams, and maps using the above programs or free site Bubbl.
  • Use with Skype or other videoconferencing tools for a live conversation with authors, scientists, artists, other experts. Or use to converse with schools around the world.
  • Upload your PowerPoint presentations onto the internet using SlideShare. Works great even for substitute lesson plans or for students to view your lecture/presentation at a later time. Just practicing public speaking using multimedia resources provides invaluable experience.
  • Record your presentations, demonstrations, or lectures using Camtasia software. Use later for substitutes, later student viewing.
  • Use along with a document camera to project student math processes, 3d objects, demonstrations (i.e. art, science), show a book & illustrations, etc.
  • Use as a timer, stopwatch, or countdown. TimeLeft is a free tool for this.
  • Transform your quizzes into fun Jeopardy-style or "You Don't Know Jack" quiz shows using special PowerPoint templates or sites such as Sheppard Software.
  • Hook up S-video capable TVs to the projector to show special shows or news in a large format. Can also connect many VCR or DVD players with the projector.
  • Play a DVD directly from your attached computer.

  • Use virtual manipulative tools from sites such as NVLM. Explore multi-sensory games, illustrations, exercises and puzzles for K-12 students that explore numerical operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis.

  • Students project graphs of their results for all to see.
  • Show videos of risky science experiments or those to which you don't have access to the required chemicals or equipment.
  • Get a peek into the miniature world by connecting your projector to a digital microscope.

Language Arts
  • Display words, photos, or phrases to act as writing prompts.
  • Do live editing in your word processor.

Social Studies
  • Google Earth is an invaluable & interactive tool.
  • View images and videos of speeches, recorded interviews or other primary resources.
  • View maps from sources such as the University of Texas collection.

  • Display online or scanned artworks for your art history discussions
  • Show videos of artists at work or demoed processes such as pot throwing, weaving, etc.
  • Display student work for critiques

  • Use a white sheet/cloth for a backdrop and project scenes onto it for plays.
  • Record moving scenes (i.e. neighborhood shops and people). Many digital projectors can do rear projection, so you could place the projector behind the cloth and the audience would see the moving footage correctly on the cloth.