PowerPoint Killed The Classroom Star


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A quick guide to making PowerPoint more accessible. Designed specifically for students with language difficulties and/or dyslexia - but will benefit all students. This can be distributed to colleagues to read through individually, or presented to a whole group. However, please take note of the copyright notification on the final slide. --> For more: www.HumansNotRobots.co.uk

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  • Credit goes to ‘PowerPoint Makes You Go Blind’ by Abe Singer (2006) – the initial inspiration for this version!
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  • PowerPoint Killed The Classroom Star

    1. 1. Matt Grant, 2012www.HumansNotRobots.co.uk
    2. 2. What gets your immediate attention?
    3. 3. This? Copy into your books: 7th October 2012 Superhero Villains L.O 1. Look at examples of supervillains. 2. Design your own supervillain.
    4. 4. Or this?What’shappening?• Write a short caption underneath.• Fill in the speech and thought bubbles.
    5. 5. Or this?
    6. 6. Or this? Discuss your answers first in pairs, then in fours.
    7. 7. Or this? C A D ERecap Task:Name the main Freligions ofIndia… B
    8. 8. When students come into your classroom, think about the first impressions your PowerPoint gives.
    9. 9. And when the lesson gets going, think about how you deliver the rest of it…
    10. 10. If you fill a slide full of words it is likely you will find yourself reading from it verbatim.If you fill a slide full of words it is likely you will find yourself reading from it verbatim.You might as well be a robot.You might as well be a robot. With a content heavy PowerPoint, even if you try to go freestyle… A PowerPoint with too much text drowns out what you are trying to say… …all that does is leave your students trying to take in two sources of information at the same time. …because the student is trying to read and listen at the same time. And ultimately, one or the other will probably take You create a battle betweenon whether your learning style is precedence depending your audience’s eye and ears. auditory or visual… Unless your primary sense is touch, which probably means by this or kinaesthetic. point you’re doing neither - and might be dismantling your pen. In particular, those students who struggle to process language - written and spoken - will struggle with this style of delivery.
    11. 11. Stick to using PowerPoint to emphasise the main points. • visuals • short bullet points
    12. 12. • And • and• by • spraying• keeping to • your audience• short • with• bullet points • them• that • at• doesn’t • rapid• mean • speed!• turning• gangster Again, students who struggle to process information will have difficulty with this.
    13. 13. Remember: LESS IS MORE
    14. 14. When it comes to slide design, do you spend hours jazzing them up to make them more appealing?
    15. 15. Or have you not yet moved beyond black and white?
    16. 16. Did you know? BLACK & WHITE COMBINATIONS
    17. 17. …along with other stark contrasts in colour…
    18. 18. …and colours that are too similar… …with not enough contrast…
    19. 19. …all cause eye strain.…all cause eye strain.What eyes prefer: Dark coloured text... …on pale coloured backgrounds...
    20. 20. And don’t forget blue red & & green yellow are colour-blind combinations.
    21. 21. It is true, a picture can say a thousand words.Opposition to the Vietnam War – Excerpts from "A Time to Break Silence” by Martin Luther Kingdelivered at Riverside Church, New York, on April 4, 1967"Over the past two years, as I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart, as I have called for radical departures from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons havequestioned me about the wisdom of my path. At the heart of their concerns this query has often loomed large and loud: Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent? Peace andcivil rights dont mix, they say. Arent you hurting the cause of your people, they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questionsmean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live.In the light of such tragic misunderstanding, I deem it of signal importance to try to state clearly, and I trust concisely, why I believe that the path from Dexter Avenue Baptist Church – the church in Montgomery, Alabama,where I began my pastorate – leads clearly to this sanctuary tonight.""For those who ask the question, Arent you a civil rights leader? and thereby mean to exclude me from the movement for peace, I have this further answer. In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern ChristianLeadership Conference, we chose as our motto: To save the soul of America. We were convinced that we could not limit our vision to certain rights for black people, but instead affirmed the conviction that America wouldnever be free or saved from itself until the descendants of its slaves were loosed completely from the shackles they still wear. In a way we were agreeing with Langston Hughes, that black bard of Harlem, who had writtenearlier:"O, yes, I say it plain,America never was America to me,And yet I swear this oath –America will be!"Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If Americas soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read:Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over. So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for thehealth of our land.""the Nobel Prize for Peace was also a commission – a commission to work harder than I had ever worked before for "the brotherhood of man." This is a calling that takes me beyond national allegiances, but even if it were notpresent I would yet have to live with the meaning of my commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ. To me the relationship of this ministry to the making of peace is so obvious that I sometimes marvel at those who ask me whyIm speaking against the war. Could it be that they do not know that the good news was meant for all men – for Communist and capitalist, for their children and ours, for black and for white, for revolutionary and conservative?Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the One who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them?""Beyond the calling of race or nation or creed is this vocation of sonship and brotherhood, and because I believe that the Father is deeply concerned especially for his suffering and helpless and outcast children, I cometonight to speak for them."This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nations self-defined goals andpositions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls "enemy," for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers."And as I ponder the madness of Vietnam and search within myself for ways to understand and respond in compassion, my mind goes constantly to the people of that peninsula. I speak now not of the soldiers of each side,not of the ideologies of the Liberation Front, not of the junta in Saigon, but simply of the people who have been living under the curse of war for almost three continuous decades now. I think of them, too, because it is clear tome that there will be no meaningful solution there until some attempt is made to know them and hear their broken cries.""They must see Americans as strange liberators. The Vietnamese people proclaimed their own independence in 1945, after a combined French and Japanese occupation and before the communist revolution in China. Theywere led by Ho Chi Minh. Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom, we refused to recognize them. Instead, we decided to support France in its re-conquest ofher former colony. Our government felt then that the Vietnamese people were not ready for independence, and we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for solong.""We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, aworld that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strengthwithout sight."
    22. 22. PowerPoint is a great tool for visual learners. Students with literacy difficulties love using PowerPoint, and benefit from their teachers using it… …as long as we don’t allow bad habits to develop.
    23. 23. Dynamic swirls for your backgrounds might look impressive but theyalso make a busy page become even busier. Task 2 - Compare and contrast the life cycles. Students who struggle with concentration will particularly struggle with this kind of slide.
    24. 24. Images and text don’t mix well together. Empire State Building – Highlight the Key Facts: • The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. • It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. • Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the worlds tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Centers North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world). • The Empire State Building was once again demoted to second-tallest building in New York on April 30, 2012, when the new One World Trade Center reached a greater height. • The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 15th-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). • It is also the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.
    25. 25. But when used sparingly alongside bullet points, images can prove useful. Flapjack Instructions: 1.Put the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan. Turn on the heat. 2. Stir until the butter has melted. 3. Add the oats and fruit. Mix them well. 4. Pour them into your cake tin. 5.Smooth the surface with the back of your spoon. 20mins 180c 6.Put them in the oven for 20mins –already heated to 180C. Students with organisational difficulties or literacy & language issues will particularly benefit from visual cues alongside text.
    26. 26. It goes without saying, font style and size also determine readability. Try using Comic Sans… I know you or Century Gothic… can’t read this but… is not a good way to start a slide! ...and pre-checking text size by reading it from the back of the classroom…
    27. 27. Animation might show off your technical skills but you’ll never compete with Call of Duty…
    28. 28. But we can hopefully compete in terms of substance and relationship… www.gif-central.blogspot.co.uk
    29. 29. Moving text & images and funky slide transitions… equivalent of sticking forehead
    30. 30. Finally, don’t fall into the trap of planning your entire lesson on PowerPoint… …always have a back-up plan for ‘unstructured moments’!
    31. 31. We’re all prone to doing these kind of things… But if we are to keep PowerPoint useful as a tool for teaching and learning, we have to curb them.
    32. 32. For further resources or to contact the author, please visit: www.HumansNotRobots.co.ukCopyright , Matt Grant, August 2012All rights reserved. Permission to present this material and distribute freely for non-commercial purposes is granted,provided this copyright notice and those in the slides remain intact and is included in the distribution. If you modify thiswork, please note where you have modified it, as I want neither credit nor responsibility for your work.Modification for the purpose of taking credit for my work or otherwise circumventing the spirit of this license is notallowed, and will be considered a copyright violation.Any suggestions and corrections are appreciated and may be incorporated into future versions of this work, andcredited as appropriate.If you believe I have infringed copyright, please contact me via the above website and I will promptly credit , amend orremove the material in question.