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tablet + projector = Smartq U7

OMG! A tablet with projector! During the summer, one of my favorite tech blogs posted about this piece of modern marvel. I was mesmerized by the only thought of improving my teaching. The possibilities are endless: movies, presentations, apps, etc.


Carrying a pc and projector from classroom to classroom is tiresome, thereby I don’t do it ver y often. I am very classical trained so I love to use the board, besides I have no money to get my own projector and my pc is 6 years old and heavy. Besides you spend a lot of time (like 10 min) hooking up everything for a 5 minute video.

From the reviews and videos that I have read and seen, this tablet looks promising. It looks pricy for a Mexican poor teacher, but I am willing to sacrified fast food for a couple of months for this (Christmas is soon also). However, I would wait to save money and wait for the next improved model (the first version is not always the best one).

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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Misc


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My Shadow Play using the OverHead Projector

I used this as an example for my Secondary students for the Silent movie project (Unit 2), but it is usable for any grade with some twitches and stitches.

I did mention using the Overhead projector before to use it in Shadow Play

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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, 3rd cycle, 4th cycle


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Going old school… the power of OHP

Once upon a time, the overhead projector or OHP was (some still) in every school.

Nowadays, it hs been replaced by the video projector or vp due to its ability to display video and just hook it to the computer. If you want one (I do too), I recomend you Acer k11. Check that post.

I am old fashion and I was born and raise between the beginning of Internet and using a dictionary and going to the library… Yes, I watched Daria in my teenager years.

Sooo…. I know and use the OHP as well as the VP. I like both but I prefer the OHP for several reasons with I call:


  1. It’s cheaper.
  2. No need of computer, so less carrying.
  3. The lamp is cheaper to replace (I have to buy one a couple of years and it was $150 pesos).
  4. More lamp life hours and brighter light.
  5. You can store the transparencies for later use and make quick notes (there are transparencies markers)
  6. Shadow plays can be done for storytelling.
  7. I love the face of the students the first time they see it. Most don’t know about OHP.
  8. I found a couple of ideas to use it.

I have to say that there are DISADVANTAGES:

  1. Money spent on transparencies and copies. (Awful when you use the transparencies once)
  2. Unable to use for video, unless you hook it with a lcd screen (my husband did with his old laptop screen. We use it for movie nights at home)
  3. It’s a bit big.
  4. The light can blind you a bit when you are in a very dark room.
  5. The arm that holds the head can be damage with constant ups and downs.

You can make one like it says in this webpage. The only difficult thing is to find the magnifying lens.


Posted by on January 17, 2013 in 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, 3rd cycle, 4th cycle


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I deserve my acer k11

Surfing the web for the best pico or mini video projector, I came across with this beautiful piece of technology ACER K11

It’s just pertfect: small, not so expensive, known brand and full long hours to spend… maybe too many hours to be true.

The best review I read was this one by TopTenReviews.

If you want to buy, check AMAZON or CompUSA.

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Misc


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