EdTech 541: Week 5 Power Point

Relative advantage of an interactive PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint is a wonderful tool for learning in both a student and teacher-directed situation. It can add a new dimension to learning allowing teachers to explain abstract concepts, while accommodating all learning styles. Used properly, PowerPoint can be one of the most powerful tools for disseminating information ever known.  Interactive presentations can be a highly effective teaching tool. However, the same old boring PowerPoint doesn’t exactly fit the description of interactive.

What is an interactive presentation? It’s a presentation that includes interactive elements such as a quiz, poll, video, sound clip or a variety of other options. There are many great resources out there to show you how to add interactivity to your presentations. For example, this YouTube video details the process of making an interactive quiz. The possibilities are endless.

So, why create an interactive presentation? What are the advantages? According to Schnepf, Lee, Du, Lai, & Kang, “The fusion of audio, video, text, images and animation into multimedia presentations provides an opportunity to create more and efficient communications of ideas” (p. 2). As teachers, “efficient ways to communicate ideas” is not only a necessary part of our jobs as professionals but a highly effective skill for students to grasp as well.

What I have learned is that for an interactive PowerPoint to be successful a person needs to move beyond bullet points, and by inserting hyperlinks to other websites and including videos, your presentation will be interactive.     According to Schnepf, Lee, Du, Lai, & Kang, “The fusion of audio, video, text, images and animation into multimedia presentations provides an opportunity to create more and efficient communications of ideas” (p. 2).   Students will enjoy the ability to be creative and share their presentation with others.

References

Powerpoint – How to make an advanced interactive quiz 1/2 – YouTube . (2011, January 22). YouTube – Broadcast Yourself. . Retrieved February 19, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdzdPCHqD5w&feature=related

Schnept, L. (n.d.). Building a frame work for flexible interactive presentations.  Retrieved from http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.55.2274&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Smith, T. (n.d.). Technology in the classroom: a field guide. Retrieved from http://www.csf.usu.edu/presentations/field_guide.ppt

Starr, L. (2001, October 24). Load ‘em up: the best software in the education world! Retrieved from http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech102.shtml

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