Microsoft PowerPoint is a type of presentation software developed by Microsoft. It allows one to show colored text and images with simple animation and sound.
Microsoft PowerPoint runs on Windows and Mac operating systems. It is widely used by business people, educators, students, and trainers, and is among the most prevalent forms of persuasion technology.
How can it be used in the classroom?
PowerPoint is an effective pedagogical tool in the classroom. PowerPoint presentations can be used in the classroom for initial teaching, for student projects, for practice and drilling, for games, for reviews, and for tests.
Why do teachers and students use PowerPoint?
PowerPoint is an easy program for both teachers and students to learn. The program comes with a complete tutorial, which can accessed by clicking on the "help" portion of the tool bar.
Benefits for students
Benefits for teachers
PowerPoint Paralysis (PPP)
Some Tips from Classroom Teachers:
"Use PowerPoint to create slide shows of vocabulary words that students need to learn. Run it as a study show - with the words appearing along with pictures and definitions (and sound, if appropriate) to help a student remember the meaning. Then, students can use this slide show as a set of flash cards, with the word appearing alone and then the student having to select the matching picture/sound/definition. You can also have the students create the slide show themselves as a way to study and learn new concepts.”
“A slide show of words to be learned can be used as a workstation or as a whole group activity. Students can advance the show after each word has been read.”
“This is a use of text animation, bringing one letter at a time onto the screen.”
“A primary level teacher doing a spelling exercise with kids could insert a picture of the object they are spelling on one side of the slide. Have the students say the spelling word, then have them spell it. As they spell, or to help them when they get stuck, words can be brought up one letter at a time by mouse click. A slide show of the current spelling words could be set up in a learning center, and students can collaboratively work their way through the slides. If you use this activity, Jerry suggests that you use the typewriter sound effect with each letter.”
“Use PowerPoint's "notes page layout" to create the 'cover' page of a printed set of handouts for participants in a workshop. In the first slide's note area, write a short abstract about the show's intention, intended audience, purpose, etc. Add in when it took place, and format it much the same way as one used to do a term paper cover sheet.”
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Alice Christie, A. (2000). PowerPoint tips & tricks. Dr. Alice Christie's Using PowerPoint in the Classroom. Retrieved June 1, 2008, from http://www.bitbetter.com/powertips.htm