“Powerpoint could be the most powerful tool on your computer. But it’s not. Countless innovations fail because their champions use PowerPoint the way Microsoft wants them to, instead of the right way.” Seth Godin
Some people hear the word PowerPoint and cringe but just like all technology, PowerPoint is only a tool. If the tool is used correctly, it can be effective, powerful and transform learning. PowerPoint has gotten a bad rap because it has been used ineffectively so many times for presentations. Incorporating PowerPoints into your classroom as a tool can help promote all 4 c’s (create, communicate, collaboration and critical think) of the 21st century. Here are 3 ways I have used PowerPoint in my classroom to take PowerPoint to the next level.
1. Who remembers ‘Choose Your Own Adventure Books’? They are fun to read but even more fun when the students are creating their own and reading each others. You can easily create choose your own adventure books by using PowerPoint and hyperlink the different slides. Having the students start with a story board to draft their ideas and thoughts before beginning helps the students be more productive when they start the PowerPoint. Creating ‘Choose Your Own Adventure Books’ helps students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop an innovative product. You also can connect multiple Common Core Standards such as W3, W4, W5, W6. Check out this site for more information and examples of Choose Your Own Adventure.
2. You can use PowerPoint software so students can create multimedia projects on any subject matter. You can have the students take their PowerPoint and share them with the world by embedding them into blogs or wikis. Students can create ebooks by using a site called flipsnack. Having students create a non-fictional book using PowerPoint, demonstrates mastery of a concept and is a great way to informally or formally accesses a student without paper and pencil. Have the students create an ebook on the rock cycle and turn it into an ebook for the other students. Here is an example on Rhinoceros: http://snack.to/fv13qh1v
3. Another way you as an educator can use PowerPoint is by making an interactive quiz using PowerPoint. Create a quiz and have students use it to guide their learning and goals. Take it to the next step and have the students make the quizzes for each other, this way the students are using their 21st century skills while mastering the concept. Check out this video for a how to guide of making interactive quizzes using PP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht746LL7ans
I would love to hear other ways teachers are having students use PowerPoints in the classroom. Please share in the comment section.