In a college classroom, Paul Foschino believes that a teacher should just teach.
He says teachers are there to get a message across to students with as many technologies and tools as they can.
Most importantly, he says teachers need a projector to get the job done.
Foschino, Senior Manager, Visual Communications Group for Ricoh says the return on investment for projectors is not always measured in dollars and cents.
“A lot of times, it can be measured in ease of use, simplicity of operation, and the amount of flexibility the product gives you,” he says. That way, “you don’t waste a lot of time trying to figure out a new piece of electronics or finding the features you want to use. This can lead to a lot of lost time in the classroom. This results in frustration trying to get something to work and not helping you teach your class.”
Senior Manager, Visual Communications Group for Ricoh
However, that frustration often begins during the decision-making process on what projector to buy, and how to buy one. Professors and administrators aren’t always sure what their projector needs are; sometimes, they go into the buying process blindly and end up with a projector that doesn’t deliver.
Foschino says colleges can ease into the decision-making process by doing their homework.
He says colleges need to start identifying their projector needs, jot those needs on paper and dive into research.
“A lot of that will come if you spend the time in selecting the right product to fit your needs, becoming familiar with the product and what tools it offers,” Foschino says.
Foschino also says that colleges will get an ROI greater than money if they take the extra time to match their projector needs with the right machine.
“Define how you’re going to use it and decide which features are going to fit your needs. These products should help you teach your class the best way that you can and get your message across to your students,” he says. “Then it becomes much easier to pick out the product.”