Contest Winners 'Amazed' by New Classroom Projectors: Their Shared Experiences Demonstrate the Many Uses and Benefits of the Cutting-Edge Tool

T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), June 2007 | Go to article overview

Contest Winners 'Amazed' by New Classroom Projectors: Their Shared Experiences Demonstrate the Many Uses and Benefits of the Cutting-Edge Tool


IN FEBRUARY'S IN BRIEF, we named the winners of T.H.E. Journal's projector contest, which awarded a Canon (www.canonprojectors.com) REALiS X600 multimedia projector to each of three teachers based on their plans for using the technology. Here's what the winners have to say about their experiences thus far with their new device.

* Matt Sly, a physics teacher at Urbana High School (IL): "I was amazed by the projector right out of the box. Its automatic adjustment features make it extremely easy to set up and use.

"The picture it created was so sharp, it allowed me to project onto a whiteboard instead of a screen, so I could add notes to pictures. In my class on optics, students used pictures I projected to draw ray diagrams in order to locate images formed by lenses and mirrors. I was able to quickly give students a palette, and when problems arose, we could see as a class how to fix them.

"The projector's clarity has also made using simulation websites better. While the animation/graphics were large enough for students to see with our old projector, the text was not. But with this projector, students using a site for modeling waves could not only see clear pictures of waves, they could also see the text and values that corresponded to the images.

"I also used the color adjustment and six-axis color adjustment features to demonstrate the properties of color addition. …

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