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How can a visualiser support KS1 and KS2 teaching?

13/01/2017

Product Advice

A classroom visualiser is a lot more than a just a camera connected to the screen. When a high specification visualiser is used creatively and correctly, it is a powerful teaching tool.

The following are a few ideas for how a visualiser can be used by a teacher, shown by subject area.

Numeracy

  • Show the class how to use tools such as protractors and calculators. You could even record your demonstration and leave it playing on a loop
  • Explain how to construct charts and graphs. You can show exactly how to do this and which tools to use
  • Ask students to try to complete a puzzle whilst the class watches
  • Place a variety of 2D and 3D items on the visualiser and ask the children up to separate them out according to criteria, inviting peer assessment
  • Learn about symmetry. With a mirror image function you can explain about reflection, symmetry and angles

Literacy

  • Demonstrate how to use a dictionary or thesaurus. Then ask children to come up and look up words to check they have understood
  • Use for guided reading and writing work. You can clearly demonstrate procedures such as letter formation for the whole class to see
  • Build up word lists for spelling and comprehension
  • Show any sort of text, image or drawing. Any small book becomes large and visible
  • The whole class can see any printed item without the need for photocopying
  • Whilst reading aloud, display items in large scale using the visualiser adding an exciting visual element to our teaching and helping younger children fully understand

Geography

  • Display printed and pupil-drawn maps and use the zoom function to show specific areas
  • Use a pupil-controlled mobile device so they can annotate photos of their community
  • Display photographs of different countries and cultures, without spoiling the original
  • Ask the children to find their own school site on an aerial photograph. Use the zoom feature to see what familiar items they can spot

Science

  • Compare a variety of seeds and discuss the differences
  • Display a vegetable, photograph it discuss, and repeat each day for a week to record the process of decay
  • Show different types of plants and flowers and label the parts
  • Safely show living things such as insects to the whole class
  • Display tiny items in magnified detail and annotate different parts
  • Demonstrate how a magnet works. Ask children to bring up items to see if they are magnetic or not

Lots more ideas available in our interactive Guide to Classroom Visualisers – view online free now!

Or if you’d like to discuss these ideas, if you have or own or if you’d like a demonstration, please contact our specialist team.

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