ELMO projectors are being used in classrooms across the United States. Similar to overhead projectors ELMO, or Electric Light Magnifying Object projectors display text onto a screen. ELMO projectors, while more costly, have many advantages compared to overhead projectors. Teachers have used overhead projectors for years. Overhead projectors use transparencies. Transparencies are transparent sheets of plastic that can be written on or that come printed with information. Overhead projectors use light to display a printed material. Overhead projectors are limited because only translucent materials display.
ELMO projectors display material through a camera. While the ELMO projector works like an overhead projector, there is no need write information on transparencies. The ELMO uses a small video camera to display text and images. Teachers simply place an textbook, book or display object under that camera and the object is displayed on the white board or wall or screen.
The ELMO allows teachers to demonstrate and teach by displaying textbook, workbook, worksheets and objects to students. By displaying the student textbook, for example, teachers can complete problems, exercises and activities while students watch. Using the ELMO projector, teachers can demonstrate material to the entire class, without having to write out all the information on the board. I have used ELMO projectors with all ages of students from kindergarten to high school. Students love the ELMO projector because they can see clearly how to complete exercises. No more waiting for the teacher to get to each individual student. Now she can demonstrate for the class to see.
The ELMO projector can be configured to demonstrate using objects and manipulatives as well as textbooks. ELMO projectors are very useful for math demonstration, use protractors, a compass, a ruler, money and other manipulatives. Using the ELMO projector, the teacher can demonstrate using counters, bundles, Cuisenaire Rods, Montessori Golden Beads, Base 10 blocks, Unifix cubes, Teddy Bear Counters and any manipulative used in classroom instruction. Art teachers use ELMO projectors to demonstrate techniques. Science teachers use ELMO projectors to demonstrate science experiments, principles and activities. The possibilities for use of the ELMO projector in classrooms is limited only be a teacher’s imagination.
ELMO projectors have applications for marketing, business, health care, production, just about any place in which a presenter needs to demonstrate material to an audience.
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