Today We had a lecture from Andy Black showing us about all the latest technology and talking about how this could be used in the classroom. Whilst I found it fascinating and could clearly see the benefits of some technology some of it has got me thinking; especially the Pico Portable projector.
For those who aren’t aware here is a link http://www.projectorcentral.com/favi_e1_pico_projector_review.htm and the intended use states: mobile presentations. The example of this in use, we were given, was thinking about a school out on a field trip and the teacher could actually stand there and bring up a presentation no matter where they were – what do you think?
In some ways i think this could be really useful – portable presentations could be really handy but the idea of it being used on school trips seems to ruin it for me. For me a school trip was always a fun and exciting part of school and was a day where you didn’t have to concentrate as much on what the teacher said and could take in your surroundings and learn from that. A portable presentation would take in the outdoors what could be done the next day in the classroom rather than waste valuable time in the outdoors.
Learners can learn a lot from their environment and one of my best memories from school was visiting a local organic farm and putting our wellies on and getting in the river to measure the PH of the water. It seems to ruin it when i picture it with our teacher stopping and spending 10 mins fiddling around with a portable projector to then go into a presentation.
I haven’t read around on the subject yet, but would be grateful for any inputs on what everyone thinks! Do you think it would have a good impact on a field trip?