Dynamic PowerPoint: A Visualization Tool for Engaging Learners Scott A. Sinex Prince George’s Community College A workshop for the Building Learning with Technology Summer Design Institute held at the University of Maryland College Park on 8-12 July 2002.
PowerPoint Induced Sleep <ul><li>Too much on a slide (overloaded) especially text </li></ul><ul><li>Fact after fact after fact - boring </li></ul><ul><li>And then read it to your students and say goodnight </li></ul>Can we make it dynamic and enhance the visualization of concepts? Can we get students engaged in the class?
<ul><li>Do you want your students to participate in class? (less lecture, more discussion) </li></ul><ul><li>Do they need to predict what is going to be an outcome? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you poll your students on issues or an answer? </li></ul>Active Learning
How to keep your class engaged <ul><li>Pose questions – stimulates discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Use animations and/or movies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint XP has considerable animation capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animated gif files (PowerPoint 2000 or XP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video clips </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build complicated concepts in pieces </li></ul>
Three shooters with three arrows each to shoot. Can you hit the bull's-eye? Both accurate and precise Precise but not accurate Neither accurate nor precise All done using animation in PowerPoint! Click on object, then right click and select custom animation. How do they compare? Can you define accuracy and precision?
Animated gif files Go to insert and then select picture from file. Results that are accurate and precise are the best. To aid in a summary statement Always active in slide show! Are you looking here! What is the direction of the rotation of Hurricane Floyd? To pose a question Hurricanes do not occur in the interior US. WHY? Higher order thinking http://eliassen.atmos.colostate.edu/images/movies/floyd/ml-00006.gif
http://geography.uoregon.edu/envchange/clim_animations/index.html cold hot How does global temperature vary? equator pdf handout
Are we in Kansas anymore? Tornado film footage with narration Go to insert and then select movies. Place cursor on image and click to start. http:// iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/videos/videos.html
time height What does the time of flight graph for throwing the ball straight up look like? Is this your prediction? The ball has a straight line motion path with auto-reverse.
The anatomy of stick man head foot leg hand – three digits torso hip shoulder Is this too busy?
The anatomy of stick man head foot leg hand – three digits torso hip shoulder Use of entrance and exit animation.
Using hyperlinks <ul><li>A good site for technology-based lessons </li></ul><ul><li>The author’s environmental science webpage </li></ul>To place in slide, highlight text, right click while text is highlighted, and select hyperlink. Type in URL or file location on your computer. and click on link
Slide loop as separate file (11 slides) Play (Links to another PowerPoint file that is set up to start loop on opening and close by pressing “Esc” key on your computer, which places you back into the original presentation file.) What is the shark doing?
The anatomy of stick man A little cartooning! A sequence of frames or slides - a flip book using technology! Draw, duplicate slide under Insert, and modify!
The anatomy of stick man THAT’S ALL FOLKS Thanks for coming!!!! … and sometimes it’s just to get your attention!
For more animated PowerPoint stuff in chemistry and environmental science: http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~ssinex/chm103.html http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~ssinex/ESI/ESI.htm Go down page to PowerPoint topics For a guide to using PowerPoint 2002: http:// academic.pg.cc.md.us/psc/DPP_guide.pdf T his presentation is available http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~ssinex Click on presentations
More Internet Resources <ul><li>Good source of PowerPoint use in instruction at all levels- http://www.west.asu.edu/achristie/powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Free PowerPoint XP viewer from Microsoft- http://www.microsoft.com/office/000/viewers.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Quick tour by Microsoft- </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.microsoft.com/office/ powerpoint /evaluation/tour/ default.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Two detailed handouts- </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.eiu.edu/~booth/pub/IntroPPointXP.pdf (introduction) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.eiu.edu/~booth/pub/InterPrpointxp.pdf (intermediate) </li></ul><ul><li>A collection of K-12 examples by teachers- http://www.nebo.edu/nebo/ppt (A great sound clip library) </li></ul>
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.