Pointers: How to Use Them?
Pointers or presenters are a type of remote control to use in combination with presentation software like PowerPoint. A pointer allows you to control your slides from a distance while you are giving a presentation. Most types have a laser pointer that allows you to focus attention on specific aspects of your slide. Some types have additional functionalities like e.g. blackening the screen or controling video functionalities.
You can walk around during class
Giving a presentation keeps you tied to your computer and makes it impossible to walk around. Using a pointer allows you to move freely across the auditorium. Walking around, in turn, allows you to capture your students' attention more easily. It also gives you an excellent opportunity to silence noisy students: walk over and stand next to them, and continue teaching class from that spot. Your physical proximity will silence the chatting students.
You decide what the students look at
If you want your students to look at one specific aspect of your slide, e.g. a diagram, a graph or a photo, use the laser pointer to focus their attention.
Do not be overly enthusiastic while using the laser pointer: try not to bounce the laser pointer all over the screen. It will distract the students. We advise you use the laser pointer carefully, specifically and moderately.
Choosing a Pointer
There are no product comparisons available, so we have made a limited inventory ourselves. The table below gives an overview of pointers that are currently on the market, what their differences are and how much they cost. Most pointers are suited for classroom use.
|Logitec Wireless Presenter R400||Logitec Wireless Presenter R500||Logitech Professional Presenter R700||Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote||Kensington: Red laser Presenter||Kensington: Wireless Presenter Pro with Green Laser|
|Setup Software Needed?||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Battery Indicator||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (extra: rechargeable)||Yes||Yes|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows||Windows, Mac OS||Windows||Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android, Linux||Windows, Mac OS||Windows, Mac OS|
|Laser Functionality||Red||Red||Red||Choice of colour||Red||Green|
|Extras||/||/||Timer with vibrate mode signalling the end of a presentation||
||USB stick 1GB||/|
|Target Price||35 euros||40 euros||80 euros||129 euros||28 euros||45 euros|