Be sure to move the projector when you have completed showing the transparencies. Dont
leave the machine in front of the class unless it is in use it becomes a distraction and a barrier
between you and the learners.
Dont leave a bare light projected on the screen. Dont be
clicking the projector off and on excessively.
Turn off the projector when finished. That
ensures the class is not left hanging or distracted by a blank screen.
Motion pictures, which you can show using films or video tapes, present action and can
recreate real or imagined situations. The film of the USS Franklin, which has been around since
1945, is still shown to make a vivid point about the importance of all-hands damage control
training. Using motion pictures in your classroom is not the same as having your students
watch a movie. You must view the entire motion picture before class to ensure you are aware
of its intent and all key information contained in it.
While previewing, become completely
knowledgeable of all equipment controls and check for clear visibility from all seating areas.
Before you begin showing the film/tape to your class, introduce it by telling the students
specifically what to look for.
Develop questions for students to answer after viewing the
film/tape. Placing these questions on the visual aids panel or easel chart further focuses student
attention to the main thrust. Follow up the film/tape with a discussion of answers to the
questions. Having students watch the film/tape is not enough. You must turn it into a learning
experience by introducing and summarizing the film/tape for the students.
Newsprint And Wall Charts
Newsprint is another widely used flexible visual aid. It is a powerful tool when used well, but
boring and a waste of time when used poorly. In the Navy classroom, you can use it effectively
to record, illustrate, or organize information contributed by the class as a lesson takes place.
By recording information on newsprint during a class discussion, you can increase class
participation, student interest, and motivation.
If you area slow writer or poor speller, using newsprint in a spontaneous manner may hinder
your ability to instruct.
If you think it will hinder you, prepare or develop newsprint in
advance. That allows you to have information neatly arranged and spelled correctly before the
class begins. Using newsprint also allows you to maintain your position in front of the students
without having to turn away from them to write. When prepared in advance and attached to
an easel, you can turn pages over to reveal the new information as the lesson progresses. When
using newsprint prepared in advance, make sure you have had ample practice before conducting
the class. The following techniques will increase your effectiveness in using newsprint:
n Add tabs to help you turn pages when using the easel.
E Pencil your notes in lightly on the newsprint before you begin the
n Use brightly colored felt tip markers to write in the words.
n Use dark colors for lettering
n Use various colors to enhance your work and distinguish between