A laminator is a machine that fuses two pieces of plastic with a paper in between. It can help protect many paper items that you may use in a classroom. It can help reduce the cost of having to replace torn paper items.
A hot laminating machine uses heat and pressure to secure the layer of plastic onto the paper. A large laminator laminates large items or multiple items all at once. A large laminator is the best choice for a school because it is large enough to laminate posters and bulletin boards. It will also save the teachers time because they can laminate multiple items all at once. A large laminating machine has two plastic rollers. Once the machine has heated up, the teacher places her items on the bottom roller. The rollers move to press the top layer onto the bottom layer and sealing it together with heat.
A pouch laminator also uses heat to seal the laminate. In a pouch laminator, you put the item you want to laminate in a pouch. Then place it in the machine to be sealed with heat. This type would not be economical for schools because it would take a lot of time for the teacher to put each thing in an individualized pouch. You would also go through the laminated pouches quickly and need to buy refills.
One way that a laminator saves the school money is by protecting items that you have already bought. Paper posters on a wall tear easily by students touching, grabbing, or hitting against the wall. To prevent these accidents from happening you can laminate the posters to better protect them. Another item that can be protected by a laminator is flashcards or other small paper items that will be used by the children during table time. Laminating these items protects them from rough handling of children, including ripping and folding. If a child writes on the item, it can be cleaned off without damaging the product.
Another way that a laminator can save the school money is that it can be used to extend the life of some worksheets. If you use a certain type of worksheet multiple times, then you can use a laminator instead of printing the worksheet multiple times. You can laminate the worksheet once, and use a dry erase marker to work on the worksheet. When the child finishes, you can wipe it off, and use it once again. You can also use a laminator to create play dough mats, writable flashcards, and other reusable products. Creating useable items for the classroom saves both time and money.
As you can see, there are many ways that a laminator can be useful, and save money in a classroom. A laminator can help keep items alive not only for this year but for future classes as well.