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Affordable technology

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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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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

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.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

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.

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