I work at a rural, very small preK through 8th grade school. My students are inquisitive and bright, but lack opportunities to get out and experience things due to the poverty in our area. We recently adopted a new social studies textbook that has really interesting and innovative technology features included. However, the projector in my classroom is over 15 years old and does not have the capability to properly project in HD and provide a clear picture on my interactive whiteboard. My students love working with the smartboard and really get involved in the lessons by being able to come up to the front of the class and work through the social studies lesson or math concept. (I teach both.)
I teach 6th-8th grade math and social studies. One of the best ways to get students involved and interested in the lessons is to let them move around and investigate things. I have an interactive whiteboard that is great for map exploring and virtual field trips as well as problem solving and reviewing in math. However the projector that I have in my room is so old, it is nearly impossible to see the images on the smartboard. They are blurry and dark because it cannot project HD images clearly. Having a new projector would allow us to fully utilize all the capabilities of the smartboard. Our school district is very poor and projectors just aren't a priority, particularly when you technically have one that functions.
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