What’s an ELMO? We’re not talking about your preschooler’s favorite puppet. ELMOs are high-resolution overhead projectors that can capture three-dimensional objects and images on paper, so the whole class can follow along in their seats as they view the object or document projected onto a large screen. Thanks to community donations to the Foundation, by the end of 2007 there was an ELMO in every classroom at Somerset.
Teachers’ Comments on the ELMO Projector
“The kids really do love using the ELMO. They feel so proud to see their work displayed large enough for all to see. We’ve used it for science experiments, giving feedback on their writing and demonstrating new math manipulatives. I knew I would use it, but I am surprised just how often I turn it on (probably 4-5 times a day!) It’s a great tool. . .”
“The ELMO is being used almost daily [in our grade.] We can demonstrate activities with much greater ease. When we planted our plants I used it to demonstrate each step. As we observed the plants I used it to magnify and project the parts of the plant so the entire class could seed see exactly what a bud, sepal, or anther was. In math, manipulatives can be placed under it to lead the students through a hands-on lesson. . .”
“Using the ELMO to demonstrate how to set up final copies, head a paper, use editing marks is so much easier.”
“I use it many times each day for a wide range of purposes. I use it extensively for instruction in Math class, as a demonstration and examination tool in Science, and for going over any assignment or document with students, and as a tool to model for students what I’d like them to record or write. The photos I’ve attached here show one of its latest uses – I’ve been able to pair it with a light microscope, and therefore enable the entire class to view simultaneously the single-celled microorganisms that exist in Somerset’s stream, as part of our unit on Cells and Heredity.”