When asking about what software multimedia projectors are being used for (see chart below), 91 percent of the teachers surveyed who are now using a multimedia projector signaled their most frequent usage is for multimedia presentations. Educators commented that disseminating information to students in more than 1 type -whether through the joint use of text, sound, images or full-motion video – raises the student’s likelihood of grasping and learning the lesson. Approximately 89 percent said they used the components for projecting monitor images of the web or other PC software while instructing, and 45 percent said they used them to display movies in the classroom.
When asked how multimedia projectors changed the learning and teaching experience, several regions of influence were identified, such as visual aid, greater flexibility for other instruction procedures, increased teacher presentations, improved student awareness and customized curriculum software.
Visual aid. Multimedia projectors make it possible for teachers to offer varied content to all students in the classroom simultaneously, allowing students to have a visual and vibrant learning experience through a given lesson. These projectors are fantastic for this generation’s visually oriented childhood because they help make abstract concepts easier to comprehend.
Alternative means of teaching. It changes traditional habits and rituals in the classroom. In actuality, some survey participants think that a multimedia projector could soon replace the chalkboard and overhead projector.
Rather than having students crowd around a PC, the whole class can view one huge screen without difficulty. The projectors also adapt the electronic entry and viewing of student work.
Projectors are used for an assortment of curriculum-specific applications. In language arts, a teacher linked up to a writer’s Web site in order to provide greater insight and impact to a reading assignment. A science teacher made a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate a frog dissection. In social studies, a teacher developed a tornado presentation for greater audio and visual effect. For mathematics classes, projectors are used to teach students how to work with spreadsheets, compute formulas, and use charts and graphs. Athletic departments show practice and game movies, in addition to illustrate plays, together with the ability to pause, reverse and upgrade them spontaneously.