PowerPoint is an easy to use tool where people are able to create a slideshow with text, images, videos, animations and sounds (Dynamx, 2008). There are many different ways in which Powerpoint can be incorporated into learning to support and enhance experiences. Learners themselves can create their own PowerPoints. For example, learners could create information reports about a specific topic. Learners could create a story complete with images and sounds. Learners could also create a DigiPort. DigiPorts are a way to document learner's progress and achievements. Rather than learners completing activities in exercise books and with pen and paper, the learners are actually able to go onto their own DigiPort and add information to different slides. It also allows for learners to display their creativity as they can set the slides out as they wish, add effects, images and sounds.
I designed a PowerPoint based around Australian reptiles for my prac year two class.
- The first slide contained the word 'reptiles'. I decided to use this to question learners as to what it said. This would also help in letting learners know what they are going to learn about and also getting them to think about their own prior experiences with reptiles.
- The next slide contained images of a few different reptiles. Through asking the learners the names of the reptiles, I was able to discover learner's prior knowledge.
- The third slide had a youtube clip about reptiles embedded into it. This clip had images and music playing in the background.
- The fourth slide had the main characteristics of reptiles. Learners would be asked to read the words.
- I had a leaning object hyperlinked to the slide. The learning object contained the instructions written on the bottom, as well as a verbally person saying the instructions. Learners then had the opportunity to move their bodies to the front of the room and pick the correct answer physically.
- Finally, I had moving images of reptiles on the last slide. Learners would then move around the room like the reptiles and make noises like each reptile.
The only thing that I found challenging with creating the PowerPoint was embedding the youtube clip into the actual slide. Normally I have a hyperlinked picture to the clip but I wanted to work out how to embed the youtube clip and use my newly discovered skills. I believe that the PowerPoint was a success. I managed to cater for all of the learners in the class. The music in the youtube clip catered for Music Smart learners. The kinaesthetic learners are catered for through the use of the learning object, learners are able to physically move to the Smartboard to choose their answer. Visual learners are catered for through the use of all of the images. Auditory learners are catered for through the use of questioning, discussing and the verbal instructions from the learning object. Word Smart learners are catered for through the use of text. These are the different learning styles apparent in my classroom (Felder & Soloman, 2009; Birmingham City Council, 2002-2009).
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Dynamx. (2008). Dictionary of Projector Terminology. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://www.dynamx.com/projector-dictionary.html
Felder, R. & Soloman, B. (2009). Learning Styles and Strategies. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/styles.htm