PowerPoint in Education

Most educators would agree with the constructivism model. Thus we have in our minds a model to explain what we have experienced and every time we have a new experience, we modify the model.

Educators believe in "active learning" where the process of aquiring and assimilating the information is an active process that helps with the process of modifying the model.

The phrase "PowerPoint presentation" conjures up images of a dark room with a speaker hidden behind a podium droning away at a large audience that is nodding off. The exact opposite of what we would want education to be. Still PowerPoint is one of the most popular tools of teachers and lecturers.

But it is quite possible to use PowerPoint to make fun and interactive presentations. Some examples are:
1. Audience Response systems
2. Using a tablet PC to annotate the slides during the presentation
3. Imaginative use of Action buttons and hyperlinnks to customize the presentation to the learning needs of the audience
4. Making invisible hot spots on images
5. Use of templates like the Jeopardy Templates.

When I do a workshop for faculty re' use of PowerPoint in teaching I like to leave them with a web page that I put together so they can go back and practice some of these skills.

I also show them a web site that has some great examples of PowerPoint educational games. While made by a young child for other kids, it has a couple of examples worth looking at. These are PowerPoint presentation saved a "single Web Pages" i.e. in .mht format and require enabling ActiveX...
a. Example of a Jeopardy Game
b. Example of a invisible hotspot, hyperlinks and action buttons for Candian geography and history!

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