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I like to invent phrases that are more descriptive than what we’ve used in the past, and are easy to remember. One such item that is both limited and outdated is, “slide-show”. I’m kind of surprised no one uses “screen-showing”.

In our classrooms at Firstlight, we have several ways to share images and ideas. Printing things out is always an option, but we really do best when we’re using some sort of screen that students can all see. In order from moderately useful/easy, to really awesome and amazing, here are our methods. Detailed instructions for setting these up will be available in our subscription areas, and are coming soon.

  1. Prints. When in doubt, print it out. No screen tech needed.
  2. Smartphone. You can search the web, take a photo, find your own photos, use apps for sharing imagery and info, and send emails with photos, links, and information, but it is very small and best as a one-on-one Screen-Showing.
  3. Tablet. Everything the phone can do, but in a form that can be Screen-shared with a group of 8-12 people at once, if you’re in a close seating arrangement. However, it is not as easy to take photos as a smartphone can be.
  4. Computer screen. Even larger than a tablet, but it is more expensive and does not do photos well at all.
  5. Projection. Use any of the above devices to run imagery and presentations to a projection system.
  6. Wired display. Plug in a device with the appropriate adapter cord, and you have a projection-style presentation that is brighter and more versatile, but usually somewhat smaller. We use this with a computer connected to a flat screen tv in one studio.
  7. Wireless display. We like to use our iPads to wirelessly connect over our wifi to an Apple TV. The Apple TV device is a paperback-sized chunk of plastic that is wire-connected to the television screen on our wall.


About The Author

Dennas Davis

Dennas is the founder of Firstlight Arts Academy in Nashville, and also of The Art Instructor (formerly ArtSquish). He has been designing, painting, illustrating and teaching in various combinations since he learned how to hold a crayon. He is the illustrator of 24 children’s books with over 5 million in print worldwide.
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