Projector Basics

So you have a new LCD projector mounted in your classroom? Here are some ways you can use it to build curriculum connections, increse motivation and engage your learners! These ideas will be just the beginning as you learn to integrate this amazing new tool into your classroom.


For starters, your projector is connected to the "teacher computer" in your classroom. All you have to do is turn the projector on, using the remote provided, and after a brief warm-up period, your desktop image will appear on the screen.

***Projector bulbs are expensive to replace! When you are not using your projector, please turn it off to preserve precious bulb life. ***

SMART Notebook tools:
A great way to start is by using the tools you already have on your desktop - the SMART Notebook tools.

  1. Timer
  2. Dice
  3. Clock face
  4. Spinner
  5. Science & Math demonstrations
  6. Class Tools.net: http://classtools.net/

Sartell PME/ORE Media Center websites:
Our school website already holds links to thousands of websites in every curriculum area. Take time to search through these and find those that are perfect for your students.

Learn 360: www.learn360.com/index.aspx
Each ISD 748 teacher has an account to Learn 360. The Learn 360 collection of videos holds curricular-related materials for every grade level, and of every length. It's easy to show a 30-second clip of a monarch butterfly or a 1/2 hour Reading Rainbow video: they're all right here at your fingertips!

Tumblebooks: www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp
Pine Meadow and Oak Ridge both have subscriptions to Tumbebooks. This awesome website allows you to share stories with your students. If you follow up with a visit to the lab there are also book quizzes and games to extend the story.

Fossweb: www.fossweb.com/
These hands-on science activities will supplement your Foss curriculum and can be used in a large group using your projector, or individually.

YouTube: www.youtube.com
Curriculum resources abound for all ages in YouTube, and can only be accessed when logged into your computer as a teacher. It is very important to view the videos ahead of time to make sure they have not been altered. In addition, you will want to be careful not to scroll down to the "comments" area, as not all comments may be suitable for children. This is a great resource - but use it with caution.

Additional Resources:

Rubistar.com: http://rubistar.4teachers.org/
This is an awesome website for creating rubrics for just about any project in any subject area. You can create one temporarily, and simply print the rubric, or you may save these either online or in your networked folder, for later use and editing.

CultureGrams: http://online.culturegrams.com/
CultureGrams helps you and your students discover the world with concise cultural and statistical snapshots of every country recognized by the United Nations -- from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Social Studies: http://www.eduplace.com/eservices/
Our social studies textbook is online and makes a great resource for teachers to use with their classroom projectors.