PowerPoint software can be used to create multimedia presentations. PowerPoint enables users to easily customize presentations using video, images, animation and sound.

The PowerPoint presentation below was created for a university assignment. The assignment task was to create a ‘mini’ science lesson for the students in tutorial class. My ‘mini lesson’ focused on sounds and required my peers to make an instrument and experiment with the sounds it created. The PowerPoint was used to explain the purpose of the activity and how the learning experience could be incorporated into a primary learning environment.

This presentation accompanied the oral presentation that I delivered to explain the purpose of the experience and the background knowledge required to teach it. In some ways the activity aligned with ICT learning design (1999) as it required students work collaboratively to create and investigate instruments and sound. I wanted to make the presentation interactive. I did not want to the PowerPoint to simply be a script that I would read from. Including questions for the students to answer made the presentation engaging.

I used Slideshare to upload this PowerPoint to the internet and embed it in my blog. Slideshare enables teachers to upload and access presentations almost anywhere. It is also an effective means of embedding powerpoints in student or teacher websites and blogs.

The second powerpoint below was created for a year 1 unit on gardens and plants. In this unit children design, develop and create a small garden in the library courtyard at their school. This powerpoint was designed to build children’s awareness of the variety of plant types and stimulate discussion.

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According to the ICT learning design framework, this presentation is a resource for learning tasks and learning supports (1999). However, this presentation may not align with Kearsley and Schneiderman's Engagement Theory (1999) as it does not present a problem or challenge for students. In spite of this, the presentation still supports learning in group contexts and links to an authentic task. This presentation was a simple way of presenting many images to students and stimulating discussion.

Powerpoint is a ‘user-friendly’ and versatile teaching resource. I have listed some ideas for using powerpoint in learning environments:

• Slideshows to document children’s learning experiences and art
• Make instructions more engaging by incorporating presentations with images, sound and videos
• Students can make their own flashcards on powerpoint to enhance learning experiences which involve memorisation
• Slide shows of photos from excursions can be used to stimulate discussion and reflection

PowerPoint can be used in a variety of ways. Videos and weblinks can be embedded in PowerPoints to create dynamic and engaging presentations which enhance learning experiences.


Wendy Hargreaves said...

Powerpoint is extremenly user friendly however, many people equate Powerpoint presentation with long, dull monologues, during which they serve as passive and bored recipients of informtion. It doesn't have to be that way, images and textual prompts in presentations can serve as launching points for discussion and analysis.

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