I think most people think of a projector as something you watch a movie on, but it's so much more. Besides powerpoint, you can show anything that you could show on your computer-from youtube videos, presentations, pictures, etc. Visual thing do make a lot of difference in the classroom, and while I don't have a smartboard this year, I can definitly inspire to make learning more fun and more creative.
BUT....$400 is stretching it for a projector. I searched for a whole week, in all places I could. I did find a few tips with the searching:
- as much as you think checking things repeatedly would be a waste of time, it's not. I found that items did change daily and specials changed daily on major sites like Bestbuy and Future Shop. I probably visited these sites each day looking for a deal.
- ask friends where they have seen deals and what's been their experience with different places...
- last, just because we're in Canada, don't be afraid to look at American sites as they will ship to Canada and the savings can be huge. Sites like overstock.com are a great place to start.
I found an incredible projector that almost seemed teacher made and it was only around $360. The same model ranged over $75 more on other sites.
It made it so easy-you found the price you wanted, and you were sent to the site. Literally, I found it in minutes, whereas all my other searching took me hours upon hours...
Try the shopping tool at Yahoo.ca...you'll love it!