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Barbour, M. K., Kromei, H., McLaren, A., Toker, S., Mani, N., & Wilson, V. (2009, March). Testing an assumption of the potential of homemade PowerPoint games. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Charleston, SC.
Proponents of homemade PowerPoint games claim that students can gain a deeper understanding of the content based upon the act of constructing the game, writing a compelling narrative, and creating higher order questions or problems. However, results of recent studies into the effectiveness of homemade PowerPoint games have yielded no significant difference. The purpose of this study was to test the assumption that students are creating higher order questions by examining the games from one of these recent studies. Our results indicate that students are largely creating recall-style questions. As such, we recommend that homemade PowerPoint game proponents improve the instructional aids related to question writing within their project.