Work That Data Projector!

My affair with data projectors dates back to 1997 and once I found out
their many attributes, my name was on the booking sheet for every computer
class and workshop I delivered. In those days you needed a solid trolley to
move the portable projectors, but any inconvenience was worth the results.
The only time she ever let me down was when her very expensive bulb blew (a
little like my Blood Pressure when it happened mid sentence). Class and I
went into the huddle to discuss game plan – early coffee break and
hopefully tech would arrive with new bulb. (That small glitch was nothing
compared to fingernails being scrapped across a blackboard. Still sends
shivers up the spine.)

I always invited students’ input when planning a new work topic. Using the
data projector for brainstorming provided live feedback and ensured no
miscommunication. I was able to print, photocopy and distribute material
within minutes of completing the task and this assisted with storing
information in their long term memory. When introducing each new work
topic, I would display the book/s using the projector to ensure students
had a fully understood the work they were to undertake. At this point any
questions relating to activities were discussed and all students were given
the information simultaneously. Using the projector to encourage students
who were reluctant to read was nothing short of brilliant. The BBC RAW
READING webpage has excerpts from books that are high interest and low
reading level for adults. Displaying the pages and reading the text with
students following using copies resulted in outstanding outcomes. I would
draw students attention to – the style of writing, the use of connectors,
different aspects of the story and how it linked characters or occurrences
and all students could participate and SEE the connections. This worked so
successfully students bought the books we read in class to read the entire
story.

Another literacy activity that is exponentially enhanced by using a data
projector is listening comprehension. I have used YouTube videos that
relate to both vocational and personal topics and are adult relevant to expose students to new work areas, personal areas of interest and areas
that are integral to any work place e.g. safety. The beauty of using the
projector ensured the students, as a group, had the same information and
could then discuss the content with relation to their own experiences and
future goals. Never underestimate the potency of literacy and numeracy
computer games. I would use the projector to introduce games or quiz pages
and demonstrate how to play and move from one page or site to another. Much
easier than having five to ten people meld around a single computer screen.
An unexpected, but positive outcome of using the data projector was
students presentations. The data projector had enhanced my delivery why not
the students. They were all instructed on how to save their work onto
memory sticks and use the projector. Students delivered professional
presentations that varied from web pages they developed for their
fictitious business to an animated advertisement using PowerPoint. This
activity mirrored the workplace tasks and, as such, students had set times
for presentations. Students also had to develop feedback sheets for their
presentation. They would later convert the feedback into statistics and
present as graphs. Overall, the data projector has been beside me or above
me supporting in my teaching delivery. One of the best teaching partners
I’ve ever had the privilege to work beside.

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incorporating both vocational and personal perspectives. The contextualized
format is designed to engage adults and youth in real life learning
opportunities where they can develop and apply their literacy and numeracy
skills. Currently there are two levels for most topics. Give yourself a
break and check out the resources at [http://www.maziocreate.com.au]. Maybe
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time. Let us know what you need at
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