Here is a great idea to boost engagement and make practical elements more accessible in class using two simple tools - the iPad camera and AirServer. For anyone that is not familiar with AirServer, it is a service that lets you mirror what is on your iPad screen, onto the big screen.
The children in this foundations class are frequently trying different types of foods, on this day they were trying Chinese food. It turns out that AirServer stretches further than the room you are in, as the teacher was able to prepare the food from the kitchen in a room next door and share the process via the big screen. The children were all very excited watching the food they were about to try, being prepared in front of their eyes. They were all gathered around the board and identifying the different types of foods as they came on the screen. What’s more, everyone was able to participate because they could all see the board, instead of having to crowd into a small environment to see.
In this example, it has worked really well in a foundation setting but can easily be applied to other year groups and subjects where maybe you have small areas that disable the whole class from being able to see i.e. Science experiments or practical workshops in Design and Technology.