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Teacher MacGyvers a Projector from a Simple CD For Zoom Lessons

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Modern problems require modern MacGyverisms. While this solution definitely doesn't include utilizing pine cones and pine pitches in lieu of frag grenades and landmines, it's still impressive and practical to say the very least.

This low-tech solution comes from a teacher's Facebook post on September 3. The solution is mostly directed at teachers doing remote teaching without fancy equipment to split up their screen to show notes or inscriptions on paper.

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Carmen Castrejon from the US was frustrated by the lack of mobility provided by her laptop camera and came up with her own solution. Her solution went viral after being reposted on the page HugotMaestra, with 191 thousand shares. Let's see how the solution goes.

The method

Teacher MacGyvers a Projector From a Simple CD for Zoom Lessons
Source: Carmen Castrejon/Facebook

Carmen's Facebook post reads:

"Just wanted to share with you. It may help some teachers who don’t have a document camera. This is my little creation, hope it helps someone. All you need is a CD, a pencil, tape, and a quarter.

The pencil is taped on the back just so it can hold the CD. The quarter is to weigh the CD down so it can pick up the image from the keyboard. This works on zoom.

Teacher MacGyvers a Projector From a Simple CD for Zoom Lessons
Bonus points for Elsa's help, Source: Carmen Castrejon/Facebook

Instead of the kids looking at you when you place the CD on a pencil, it reflects what's on your keyboard, anything on your keyboard can be seen. When you want them to look at you again, pick up the CD.

May also help students show their work to a teacher while on camera. (I share screen on Photo Booth, make sure my auto flip is correct, and then I just write). You can use any program that flips your camera, like ManyCam."

Well, this woman might have singlehandedly handed it back to the overhead projector manufacturers with this move.

Teacher MacGyvers a Projector From a Simple CD for Zoom Lessons
Source: mailer_diablo/Wikimedia

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