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PowerPoint as an Interactive Teaching Tool

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Eight principles for keeping PowerPoint real,

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PowerPoint as an Interactive Teaching Tool

  1. 1. PowerPoint as an Interactive Teaching Tool By Geoffrey Cain
  2. 2. A Prelude <ul><li>The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.  </li></ul><ul><li>- Sydney J. Harris </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Problem <ul><li>Breaks thoughts up into discreet entities </li></ul><ul><li>Does not present the whole picture </li></ul><ul><li>A single tool used to solve all problems </li></ul><ul><li>Typically, too much information given on each slide </li></ul><ul><li>Overly simplifies information </li></ul><ul><li>Passive delivery model (creates an “audience” instead of a class) </li></ul><ul><li>Temptation to use distracting sounds and animation </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages the use of general headings instead of descriptions of real problems </li></ul><ul><li>Presenters tend to read off the slides and turn their backs to the “audience” </li></ul><ul><li>Too many bullet points – not enough information </li></ul>
  4. 4. Then Why Use Powerpoint? <ul><li>To express the organization of thoughts; not impose an organization </li></ul><ul><li>To create opportunities for interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>To deliver multimodal learning content </li></ul>
  5. 5. Opening Slides: <ul><li>Take a moment to reflect on your experience of PowerPoint. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of a negative example and a positive example and share with your neighbor and the class. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Problem-Solving Slides: Slide contains a question and the answer is left blank for the students to answer.
  7. 7. Non-Linear PowerPoint Slides Three categories that are best understood together. Related information
  8. 8. Focusing Activity Slides Think about how you might apply what you have learned today in your particular discipline. List as many characteristics of a good lecture that you can.
  9. 9. Questioning Slides: Questions? Come up with one test question based on this lecture to stump your partner.
  10. 10. The Blank Slide
  11. 11. The Game Slide Jeopardy
  12. 12. Mnemonic Visual Slides <ul><li>Illustrations , animations, visuals, and sounds should be used sparingly and only to reinforce the lesson. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Final Thoughts… <ul><li>Powerpoint is a visual medium. It is used most effectively as an aid for your students. Use dense handouts or text books, and use ppt to outline or process the information. </li></ul>

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