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PowerPoint Essentials

Why PowerPoint?

Visual Considerations

Tutorials

Exemplary Lesson Ideas

Project Templates

PowerPoint For Teachers

Links

 

  WHY POWERPOINT?

If you have ever been to a presentation by someone who used PowerPoint or other presentation software, you know how useful this tool can be for making your presentation effective and professional. 

Teachers have discovered that  PowerPoint presentations help to motivate and advance learning.  They meet the needs of  multiple learning styles, and can be a powerful teaching aid during the introduction and review of curricular material. 

When students are encouraged to create their own PowerPoint Projects, they engage in critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving.  PowerPoint project work is an authentic or "real world" task that helps learners to  integrate and synthesize concepts taught.

PowerPoint can be used to make four different kinds of presentations:

Overhead Slides: Used with an overhead projector, these are limited to the capability of the printer you use. You can also save your document on a disk and take it to a printing center if you want color overheads.

Slide Presentations: Any large commercial copy center can convert PowerPoint presentations to 35 mm slides.

On-Line Slide Show: If you have access to a portable computer this is by far the most effective use of PowerPoint because it's possible to add movement and even sound to your presentation.

Web slide show: You can turn your PowerPoint presentation into a Web site, and even run your presentation from a Web site. PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded to WebCT and can be run from inside WebCT. This capability is particularly useful for distance classes where PowerPoint presentations may be the primary instructional medium.

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     VISUAL CONSIDERATIONS

There are visual considerations that one must adhere to if one wishes to create an effective PowerPoint presentation.  Keep it simple, and don't try to "wow" your audience with a battery of special effects - they've seen it all.  Just remember, in PowerPoint less IS more.

To learn the PowerPoint basics for effective presentations, check out the following PowerPoint presentations online (need PowerPoint viewer):

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   TUTORIALS  (need Powerpoint viewer)
 

 A wonderful. student oriented, guide to building PowerPoint presentations. This site includes printable tutorials, a teacher's guide and lots of extras.

http://www.actden.com/pp/

http://www.quasar.ualberta.ca/edpy202/tutorial/PowerPoint/pptBasics/pptBasics.htm
 

An article and slide show from Education World.

http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/tutorials/ew_ppt.htm

 

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      EXEMPLARY LESSON IDEAS

Students create their own endings to stories, role play, justify their decisions/views, and look at the pros and cons of issues through the creation of PowerPoint presentations.

http://affton.mints.more.net/robbins/stwork.htm

4th and 5th grade students research contradictory theories of unsolved mysteries.

http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/mystery/meet_us.htm

A fantastic lesson from the TLT Project Page, which includes outcomes, students task, rubric, recommended resources, and the PowerPoint presentation download.

http://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/Div2/Grade4/hundredpercent/index.html

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    PROJECT TEMPLATES

Learning PowerPoint tutorials and more.  A great selection of teacher created Instructional PowerPoint presentations and PowerPoint templates to download.

http://www.fayette.k12.ky.us/instructtech/trt23/Templates/PowerPoint.htm

Some great ideas for integrating PowerPoint  in  Elementary, Jr. High, and Senior High classes.

http://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/projects.html

Assignment: 
Gr. P: go to this site and download an alphabet template.  Use Microsoft Paint to draw something for each letter.  Import it into the presentation. Click below:
http://www.shastalink.k12.ca.us/cascade/staff_resources/resources_powerpoint.html


Grade 2 and up: create interactive flash cards to teach a concept in your class.  Download the template below and modify the contents.
 http://www.shastalink.k12.ca.us/cascade/staff_resources/resources_powerpoint.html


Gr. 4 and up:  go to TLT and download project research template.  Modify it for use in your curricular program.
Click here: thttp://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/Div2/Grade4/researching/index.html


Jr. High/High School: use the template below to make a Jepordy presentation for your curricular program.
http://www.shastalink.k12.ca.us/cascade/staff_resources/resources_powerpoint.html

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    POWERPOINT  FOR TEACHERS

Currrently over 130 PowerPoints available, created by some of education's best teachers.  Kindergarten to Senior High.

http://www.powerpointdepot.com/index.htm

Learning PowerPoint tutorials and more.  A great selection of teacher created Instructional PowerPoint presentations and PowerPoint templates to download.

http://www.fayette.k12.ky.us./instructtech/trt23/templates/PowerPoint.ht

http://volweb.utk.edu/school/jchsartt/powerpoint

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       LINKS

An excellent resource for PowerPoint tutorials and links.

 http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/pmcdoug/Techtopics/Tutorials/PPTutorials.htm

A nice collection of links to PowerPoint resources, project examples, PowerPoint downloads, etc.

http://vpsd6.vrml.k12.la.us:8000/~monah/powerpoint.htm

Includes links to articles and tutorials for creating PowerPoint  presentations.

http://exit3.i-55.com/~vickib/ppt1.html

A teaching file to help practice 5 basic skills of PowerPoint.

        http://www.teachingcompany.com/powerpoint.htm

 http://www.backgroundsarchive.com/

http://www.maniactive.com/powerpoi.htm

http://www.websiteestates.com/education/templatesindex.html


 

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