Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Powerpoint projects with kids

Superhero owerpoint roject
There are many ways to integrate PowerPoint into curriculum with junior, intermediate and senior students. These are only a few subject areas in which technology infusion would enhance a project.
The educator must be careful that they do not use it too much. Teachers balance a huge curriculum and must pick and choose their opportunities.
  • Biography on an Influential Writer
  • English - Language Arts / Writing (Composition)
  • Interactive Map of South America
  • Social Studies / Geography   
  • Musical Theatre
  • The Arts / Music
  • European Influences
  • Social Studies / History
  • Venus Transit Social Studies
  • Social Studies / History   
  • Adding Hyperlinks and Navigation
  • Educational Technology / Multimedia Education  
  • Artist's Critique
  • The Arts / Visual Arts
  • Book Review
  • English - Language Arts / Literature
  • Emerging Civilizations
  • Social Studies / World History  
These lessons are all available on-line at Kidz On-line.
Teachers can either teach the basics, or they can send students to on-line tutorials. These are seemingly boundless! I prefer to create a simple template, which scaffolds the process. Students can take the concept as far as they can and many of my fearless students manage to figure out all the bells and whistles. It is a good way to encourage children to think succinctly. Many, when presenting projects, read the entire text. In fact, some adults do the same thing. As student participate in research projects they may better understand the rules about PoiwerPoInt presentations. They need to keep the text succinct; readers do not want to read paragraphs.
Other things to remember:
  • no more than 10 bullets per page
  • unifying content by clour and design i.e. sub-topics
  • graphics that enhance - rather than overwhelm
  • consistent backgrounds, colours and text
  • suitable font formal vs casual
These are examples of "SuperHero Projects" my gr. 4/5 students created in 2004.

Abbey Emily  Kaisa Kara Pauley Philip Jenn Jordyn

These templates took a lot of time to create, but simplifies the task for students to enter and edit as they choose. 
See also:

PowerPoint Tutorial | PowerPoint Tutorial 2 | Kidz On-line Training | PPT FAQs | PowerPoint templates | Creating Classroom Presentations PowerPoint in the Classroom(amazing resources and information) | Tutorials in Print | PowerPoint Tutorial | Technology for Teachers: PowerPoint
You can find templates and more templates | Storyboard template |

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