Projectors

Basic Use
Your projector comes with a remote.  Use this remote to control the power, which is the only thing that you should need to do.  When you first turn the projector on, there is a short warm-up time when it will not display your computer screen.

Bulb life
Projectors use a bulb to produce the light for the image.  This bulb is like any other light bulb, and only has a limited lifetime.  In order to maximize this lifetime, only leave the projector on when you are using it.  If you are not using the projector, TURN IT OFF.  If the projector is left on for long periods of time and it is not being used, this burns up the bulb, and they are expensive to replace.
Additionally, when you power down the projector, the fan will continue to run for a period of time up to a few minutes.  During this time, the projector is cooling the bulb off, which can get very hot.  While the fan is cooling the projector down after you have powered it off, DO NOT UNPLUG THE PROJECTOR.  This can be damaging to the projector.

Resolution Restrictions
For teachers with a Dell laptop, please use a resolution of 1024x768.  This resolution is optimal for showing any kind of material and it fills the interactive boards with more of the image.  Please do not change the resolution of the projector from 1024x768.  If, for some reason your projector’s resolution has changed and it no longer fills the screen as it should, send an e-mail to the technology staff.

Use with a laptop
For more information on using your teacher laptop with the projector in your room, refer to the “Use with projectors” category in the “Laptop” section to the left.

Troubleshooting
If your projector does not work for some reason, check the following things before e-mailing Mrs. McConnell.
Make sure that the connections appear to be connected on the back of the projector.  If you can reach the connections, ensure that they are firmly connected to the projector.
Make sure that the cable is securely attached to the back (or side) of your computer.
If you are using a Dell notebook and there is no signal to the projector (it comes on, but your computer does not display), try pressing the “Fn” and “F5 or F3” keys at the same time to see if that fixes the problem.
If you are using a Nexlink notebook and there is no signal to the projector (it comes on, but your computer does not display), try pressing the “Fn” and “F5 and F3” keys at the same time to see if that fixes the problem.
If your projector is still not working properly, e-mail me.
Troubleshooting Flow Chart

Interactive Boards
Here you can find information about how to use the interactive boards in your classroom.  There are two different types of interactive boards throughout the district, one being the Promethean ActivBoard, and the other being the SMART Board.
The easiest way to identify which board you have is to check if you have one pen or multiple pens and an eraser.

  • If you have only one pen with your interactive board, then you have a Promethean ActivBoard and you can find instructions on it by clicking here.
  • If you have four pens and an eraser with your interactive board, then you have a Smart Board and you can get instructions on how to use it by clicking here.
  • Additionally, we have a resource of some PowerPoint games that can be customized with your own questions, etc. for use on your interactive board.  These can be found here.