With college students mesmerized and distracted by iPhones, iPads and the like, it’s often difficult to hold their attention in the classroom.
One of the most effective ways to keep their eyes locked on a lesson is a rich and colorful presentation.
Today’s projectors are worlds ahead of the old slide projectors, and come loaded with beautiful, easy-to-use features. These projectors also provide crisp brightness for clear images and balanced white and color lumens for bold, vivid colors.
But shopping for projectors is sometimes tricky, especially with one-chip versus three-chip technologies, learning how to measure lumens, understanding 4K capabilities, and looking into laser features.
A good way to start your research is deciding what you need your projector for.
For colleges that hold classes in massive lecture halls may need a projector that provides maximum brightness and high-resolution images. Other colleges may have a challenging structural setup, and need a project that provides setup flexibility, such as interchangeable lenses. Other colleges may need a projector that can be mounted on a ceiling, out of the way from the chemicals of science labs.
Tim Anderson, Senior Product Marketing Manager of 3LCD says he recommends projectors with a lens-shift feature to accommodate flexibility in college classrooms.
“Lens shift allows the person doing the setup aim the image and get an idea of setup flexibility,” he says. “It opens up the range of locations a college can place a projector.”
Regardless of what a college’s needs are, a projector’s main job is to keep classroom presentations fresh, colorful and engaging. When a professor works with a good projector, Anderson says that his or her job is simplified and the class lesson is retained by students.
“The purpose of a good projector is to help professors engage with his or her students,” he says. “If you go for something beautiful, it shows the content in the best possible light.”
Video: 3LCD’s projector presentation comparing brightness and color saturation between a 3-chip projector and 1-chip projector.