- Warm-up: Students present themselves in pictures they’ve drawn on a slide
- Images: Cartoons etc. to jump-start a topic; better than photcopies, saves paper, everyone is looking up.
- Text work (email, correspondence, translation): Participants hand-write on slides and then present on the OHP, and we correct things together. It’s much faster than writing on a whiteboard/ flipchart. Slides can be collected and typed up. Or students mail me texts which I print out on OHPs – great when a class is big.
- Guessing/ reconstructing content: Print out a text on an OHP and cover it partly with paper that has holes in it. This is Mark Powell’s wonderful idea, which he calls the “holistic approach to teaching” And of course: You uncover the content on your slide slowly…
- An OHP and a roll of blank foil is a good backup tool when your laptop goes on strike (sigh), though working straight onto foil is positively blinding.
I do hate wasting material (those plastic slides) and energy (those hot lamps). Pictures can be drawn on recycled A3 paper, and handwritten work can go up on pinboards. A small group can practice email on laptops with a data projector. (Hmm, I wonder: What’s the ecobalance on that?) And I could make a Powerpoint or Keynote template that simulates the “holistic approach”. But the OHP does it all so much more simply… So: long live the dinosaur!