Choosing The Right Projector For Today's Classroom
In the modern classroom, learning is no longer limited to just textbooks and journals. Technology has made it so much easier to keep children engaged for longer periods of time, which in turn enhances the learning experience. Technology in the classroom is considered an important tool to help children understand the educational materials better and quicker. The emphasis on visual and interactive learning has made the projector an essential piece of technology in the modern classroom. The projector generates a large display, ensuring that each student has clear visibility. When combined with engaging learning content, projectors can help teachers hold and maintain their student’s attention for longer periods of time, which in turn enhances the learning process. 

However, buying a new projector for your classroom can be a confusing experience since there are a wide variety of choices available today. Luckily for you, we've compiled a list of the most important things to consider before making your purchase decision. Keep reading to find out more! 

Top 5 things to consider; 

1. Number of lumens 

Each projector features a brightness rating measured in ANSI lumens. ANSI was introduced to easily compare one projector's brightness with that of other projectors. The brighter the projector, the higher the lumen rating, also the higher the lumen rating, the more expensive the projector is! There are also two types of lumen to look out for; lumen for colour brightness, and lumen for white brightness. A typical classroom projector is likely to need between 2,000 & 3,000 ANSI lumens. 


2. Interactivity options

There are a wide range of projectors on the market today; each unique in their own way. Some of the leading projectors in the market feature smart, interactivity capabilities such as touch gestures and interactive pens. Unlike most standard projectors, interactive projection gives you the ability to interact with what you are projecting, by using special sensors. You could opt for a standard or smart projector, depending on your classroom requirements. 


3. Throw distance 

A projectors throw distance is the distance between the projector and the image on the screen. If you require projection on a large screen you should opt for a long-throw projector. Alternatively, if you have a smaller classroom you should opt for a short throw projector, this will help reduce shadows and eye glare. 


4. What about connectivity options? 

It’s fairly common nowadays that projectors support multiple input sources; however, you should always double check that the projector is compatible with your media player or content source. Most projectors today also support wireless projections via a computer or smart device, and you can also connect high definition sources such as Blu-ray players or Apple TV via HDMI ports. 


5. Does it have a warranty? 

While technology has become increasingly popular in recent years, it’s by no means perfect and sometimes it does fail. When something fails - either due to accidental misuse or sometimes without any reason, it’s always important to have  warranty in place. Not only will a warranty repair or replace the broken device, but a warranty policy designed for schools will ensure the classrooms are up and running again, as soon as possible. 


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