It’s hard to keep children focused on their schoolwork. Even if they’re in high school or college it’s hard to get them focused when there are so many electronic devices that are probably more interesting than learning about economics. One way of teaching our youth that isn’t used as much as it used to is by projection transparencies. To learn all about this tool of education, check out Wikipedia.
If you are a teacher and you don’t know what a transparency is, you’ve been living under a rock. But for all you new teachers out there transparencies are thin sheets of transparent paper. These are generally made from a cellulose acetate material. For teachers with overhead projectors these can be great learning tools—and they can also be fun. Many inkjet printers come with the ability to print directly onto a transparency.
Have a worksheet you are passing out to the class of fifth graders that everyone did equally horrible on? Why not put a blank copy of the worksheet on the projection screen and have the children come up one at a time to answer it?
Are you teaching a math class? If so, you could put math problems on the projector and have the kids come up to answer the question on the projection screen.
For college kids, you could use the transparencies as a way for them to display their work. If they are writers, have them write a one page draft and put that on the projector. That way the students can all interact by giving constructive criticism.
While they are obviously good for learning, what about for fun? Create a Bingo board and print that onto a transparency. That way the kids can know what numbers or words you’ve chosen off the Bingo board.
Remember, inkjet printers can print onto these transparencies, so you need to make sure the printer you own is compatible.