Schools are starting to see the benefits of using pico and palm projectors as a means of saving money and space. This new trend has become a great way to engage pupils visually in all areas of the school and not just with a fixed overhead projector. The projectors give the flexibility to project onto any surface (or even each other) as a creative and engaging way for pupils to learn. As proven by one school, who has used the projector at a zoo to morph people into chimpanzees.
There are some clear benefits for teachers, as this new range of projectors takes up less space and doesn't need to be professionally installed. Moreover, these micro projectors are more environmentally friendly (with no mercury and low power consumption) and can save thousands of pounds on running costs over the average life of a projector as they require no expensive lamp replacements.
A main interest comes from the number of new features which are being added to the mini LED projector's. In addition to the increase in brightness and decrease in size, projectors are being released with features such as in built Digital TV. The new Adapt 450 Pro has 100 lumens of brightness, 1.5 hour battery, USB and SD card slot. Teachers can connect via these simple external devices to transfer hassle free into teaching to minimise disruption.
The new range of LED projectors were displayed at the TES Education Show 2010 in Manchester and have impressed the education community with amazing connectivity, portability, size and price. Clare Kelly, the Assistant Head at Dane Royd J&I, Wakefield, is a regular user of this new technology. "Last week the children were creating animations using digital cameras and were able to share them easily with the handheld projectors." She says. "Children like immediate results and being able to show off their work to others. In this lesson, memory cards containing the animations were quickly transferred from the cameras to the pocket projectors. This meant children could easily share their work with the group or the whole class by projecting it onto tabletops, walls and even the ceiling. It's an approach that has certainly improved speaking and listening, and the children's presenting skills."
The move over to LED will certainly increase over the next year as the LED revolution takes hold and schools search for best value as well as great features. There is a whole range of LED projectors available ranging from something that fits in the pocket such as theAdapt 305, the worlds brightest pocket projector, to mid range projectors suitable for presenting to the entire classroom or Casio projectors which are perfect for the school hall or connecting to smartboards.
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