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FIGURE 8-12. Transparency overlay process by attaching each additional transparency on a different edge of the original transparency. Before taping, make sure that the images line up correctly over the top of the original image.

You can use the overlay in two ways. The first is that when you are ready to discuss the process or model, you can show only the first step of the process and explain that others will follow. As you are ready to discuss the next step, flip the appropriate transparency into position. The second approach is to show all steps overlaid briefly, and explain that the process has X number of steps or points that are to be examined. You can then flip all but the original image up and start discussing step or point number one, followed by subsequent steps in turn.

Meeting Minders™

These handy pieces of equipment are actually chronological clock timers that you can use on top of your overhead projector to project time onto a screen. They perform a variety of functions, some of which include counting down the time from a preset point to indicate when the time for an activity or test has expired (a buzzer sounds to alert the end of time), performing as a standard digital clock to show time, and acting as a stop watch to time events (see Creative Presentation Resources in the Resources for Trainers in the appendices).

Transparent plastic clock faces

These static clock faces have a spinner that holds the hands in its center. Before sending learners on a break, have them synchronize their watches with the classroom clock and then set the clock face at the return time. When that time occurs, you can reward those back in their seats, start an activity, or restart your session (see Creative Presentation Resources in the Resources for Trainers in the appendices).

Plastic spinner

You can use a generic plastic spinner that consists of one small acrylic dial on top of a larger one. You can write your own numbers, letters, and so forth onto the dial and use it for games, activities, random leader and volunteer selection, or for any other purpose you desire. The device comes with a variety of number templates and suggested usages (see The Trainer's Warehouse in the Resources for Trainers in the appendices).

Overhead scoreboard and game pieces

If you use team games in your training programs, these helpful devices make scoring for activities easy and visual. You can either use an overhead projector marker to track progress for up to seven teams or use the small game chips.

Shapes and images

Take another idea excursion to a local craft store and spend some time wandering the aisles to examine what you find there. Open you mind to possible uses with the overhead projector. Here are some that I found on a recent trip.

PLASTIC SUNCATCHERS. These come individually, or in packages with paints. They come in all types of animal, celestial, geometric, and other shapes. Their real purpose is to paint and hang on windowpanes so that light shines through them. From a creative training perspective, you can place these shapes on your overhead glass to project onto a flip chart page placed close to the projector. You can then trace the image onto the paper and color it in. You can also project images onto a dry erase or chalkboard to add graphics to your text, or to jazz up the appearance of your written messages.

WOODEN SHAPES. There are a variety of shapes (e.g., animals, houses, and flowers) that are designed to be painted and used in various woodworking projects. These can also be used like the suncatchers to project a shape onto a surface for tracing.

SHAPE TEMPLATES. By purchasing a variety of plastic shape templates, you can trace images onto your handouts and transparencies, or project them as I explained earlier. Templates can be found in craft, teacher and office supply, department, and many other types of stores that sell school, art, or office supplies.

STICK-ON SHAPES. Many infant, bath, and home improvement supply stores sell stick-on adhesive shapes that can be used on walls on in bathtubs. Like the wooden shapes, these can be traced onto handouts, or can be projected and traced.

STENCILS. While searching a local craft store, I found some wonderful little books that sold for a dollar and contain stencils that, like the shape templates, can be used to trace various images.

STAINED GLASS COLORING BOOK. These inexpensive little craft store books have very intricately drawn images of butterflies, animals, flowers, and shapes. They are on translucent paper that can be placed on paper or onto a projector and traced. Don't forget about copyrights.

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