Day 178 (of 186) neat perspective of projector use…



Sometimes I come across neat shares from “others”.  In this case, my rant has been about projectors – specifically how they force the classroom shape to remain traditional.  The projector is set up facing one direction of the room. This means that it becomes a challenge to use the other spaces – and reinforces the mindset that there is ONE important part of the room and all knowledge comes from there….



Its why I have been more supportive of projectors on carts – blaming the lack of ceiling mounts as a budget strain, but secretly hoping it keeps classrooms shifting the mindset of “in rows facing the teacher” to more of a 360 degree experience. I know that my room frustrates some because I have students choose where their desk is and what direction it is facing. I am proud that even though the room I am in has a projector facing south that there are desks and groups facing all cardinal directions.



And then I heard it: start with projectors mounted on the ceilings to get comfortable with them and then evolve into using it multi-directionally. 



I liked that – helping the “shift” from traditional to disruptive. Wireless connectivity to the projector! Perhaps soon even having battery operated projectors (though probably not soon as my projector drains our UPS (uninterrupted power supply box) very fast. Very. Fast.



But maybe….by encouraging more projection and less handouts, we can also see an evolution from kids in rows (based on height? alphabetical? maybe {gasp} based on academic achievement?) move to a more free flowing class setup. I’ve evolved to having my workstation in the middle of the room because that is where the ceiling mounted unit is and the connection wires can come straight down….but maybe for this final week I’ll focus more on having less of a presence in the middle of the room just to see if how the projector is used can also change if it is already “in place”! 

Might not be a big deal to some, but I know that the setup and flow of a classroom can be very important….both in mindset as well as in practice! Be mindful of how your room is set for next year!

About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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