PowerPoint is one of those programs we take for granted and use in a pinch these days. Most of us know its functions forward and backward, but even if you don't you can get your students actively using technology with PowerPoint. My second-graders become fluent with it in just a few days - amazing, I know...but they absorb this stuff so much more quickly than us "old folks." :)
Today, I'm going to walk you through how I first introduce PowerPoint to my kiddos and show you an example of their very first creation!
I first introduce PowerPoint toward the end of our Informational Genre Study. Each student has selected an animal to become an expert on, researched and read about this animal, created their own informational books, and are now ready to share what they've learned with their classmates. What better way than through a presentation using PowerPoint? This not only lets them share their knowledge, but it meets the standards of incorporating technology and speaking to others to share information. So, here's what I do:
Before the Project:
Before introducing PowerPoint, I create a VERY basic template of 7 slides. The first slide shows the title and student's name.
Day 1: On the first day, I teach students how to navigate to their PowerPoint file. We do this modeled on the Promethean board several times and that's all it takes! They've got it! Their first job is to type in all of their text on this day. I teach them to "double-click" on the question marks or words (title) to replace with their own text. Then, they just have to click in the left column of the layout used to insert facts about their animals. The layout automatically uses bullets for them! Students use their best spelling, but are told to "ignore" any green or red squiggly lines until a later lesson. ;)
For the slide transition, students click on "animations" and explore all of the options there. They will have many "oooohs" and "aaaaahs". They'll have a LOT of fun exploring the options, but I have them select ONE transition and apply it to ALL slides.
Here's a look at sweet Hannah's completed PowerPoint - simple, but effective. We'll continue learning more throughout the year, but this is an incredible start!
Once student slideshows are complete, we discuss how to "present" PowerPoint presentations to the class. You know...the technical stuff...where to stand, not to "read" them, but to use them as reminders as to what you wanted to tell the class about, etc. Students partner up to practice presenting.
That's it! Students are now ready to present their VERY own PowerPoints that they've created on their OWN from the ground up! Be ready for some "peacocking" as they will be very proud of their creations! They'll probably even want you to email them to their parents so they can present them at home! :)
Happy creating! Do you already use PowerPoints with your kiddos? Do you have additional tips for readers? Are you now thinking about having your students create them for the first time? Have additional questions? Let me hear from you!
Maybe getting technology into the hands of your students is even a goal of yours in the New Year? If so, I'd love for you to link up at my site and share it with us! I'll be back soon with more technology projects!