Answered By: Christopher Weber
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2016     Views: 1242

Here are some easy-to-use digital alternatives for some common types of overhead usage.

If you are using the overhead to write out content:
Example applications: Math or science formulae, language practice, drawing diagrams

Use paper under a document camera:

Centrally-scheduled classrooms on campus are equipped with document cameras. Think of these cameras as “opaque” projectors. They will project any items placed underneath them.

Added benefits: You can ZOOM in further than an overhead!

Use a SMART Board: 

A list of centrally-scheduled classrooms equipped with SMART Boards is here: http://rite.buffalostate.edu/whiteboards.html​ 
SMART Boards (and SMART monitors) allow you to write and annotate on the projection surface with a special pen.

Added benefits: You can SAVE your writing in a digital format, for emailing or posting to Blackboard.

 

If you are using the overhead to display pre-printed sheets:
Example applications: Pre-printed diagrams

Place the sheets under a document camera:
Centrally-scheduled classrooms on campus are equipped with document cameras. Think of these cameras as “opaque” projectors. They will project any items placed underneath them. If displaying a transparent sheet, use a piece of white paper as a backing to make it stand out!

Added benefits: You can ZOOM in further than an overhead!

Rebuild your material as a Powerpoint Presentation:
Standard equipment in centrally-scheduled classrooms includes a digital projector and computer with Microsoft Powerpoint included. You can log on to these machines with your Buffalo State account and project your Powerpoint file.

Added benefits:
Always have a digital copy of your presentation!
Easier to revise and update.
Can be distributed to students, if desired.
When used with a SMART Board (see above), can be annotated on!

Need help?

Contact Classroom Support!
Call: 878-6670
Visit: Bulger 205
E-mail: Tim, or Chris.

Need training?

Contact Todd Benzin
By phone: 878-4538
By E-mail: benzintr@buffalostate.edu