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Ms. Jones High School Math and Science Teacher from Grenada, Caribbean

I am a returning first year teacher working in the Caribbean, on one of the smallest island nations, Grenada. I teach both Math and Science at the high school level and would love to introduce technology into my classes. I, like other high school teachers in my country, do not have my own room and must go from class to class. I therefore need a lightweight option to using multimedia. I think a mini projector will be useful but I would also like to know what else I can use. One thing is for sure, since this is coming out of my own pocket, "cringes", I need a VERY affordable plan. Any advice, anyone?

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High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

An important question!

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Ooh, good question. This has been something that has been on my mind for a while - well, a variant of it, at least. I think that, as mobile technology becomes more and more common, we, as teachers, must consider the digital divide - the gap between classrooms with technology, and classrooms without. I know I'm taking a bit of a philosophical approach here, and I'm not providing much in the way of answers, but I still think that it is important to consider these issues. Something that has raised a lot of interest recently is the concept of 1:many laptop or tablet use. Another idea is BYOD: http://themobilelearner.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/bring-your-own-device-b...

Let's see what other suggestions are out there.

High School Math and Science Teacher from Grenada, Caribbean

Thanks for your input Keith.

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Thanks for your input Keith. While BYOD is a nice suggestion, and quite practical, it won't work in my school or others I know of in my country because electronics brought in by students are forbidden here. I think it has something to do with distractions in class and encouraging outside influence during in-school conflicts.

I was more thinking about suggestions for an affordable mini (or otherwise) projector unit and even an interactive projector unit that does not have to bankrupt my already low personal financial store.

High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi, I put the word out

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Hi,
I put the word out amongst my networks regarding your question. The results were mixed - a lot of people suggested that portable projectors were not worth the cost - the quality and fuss involved with setting it up was annoying. One person, however, had been using this one: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/projectors/dell/m109s/321649 and suggested that it was pretty reasonable.

High School Math and Science Teacher from Grenada, Caribbean

Really appreciate your help

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Really appreciate your help Keith. I have been wondering if I should forego the whole idea but I will check out that particular model. I know one of the problems for most of the projectors is lighting. This will be especially problematic for me since our classrooms are more open, bright and airy. Thank for your input!

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