This online workshop in tutorial format describes ways faculty can use PowerPoint as a tool to support active learning. The tutorial includes segments on active lecturing (which is the basic content of the video),active learning strategies and their implementation via PowerPoint, creating and using effective handouts, using PowerPoint to play in-class games, and using PowerPoint for formative assessment. It consists of 5 brief flash videos that cover the basic tenets of using PowerPoint in the classroom and takes about ten minutes to view. All of the tutorial's information is applicable to the recent versions of PowerPoint.
Learn how to use PowerPoint effectively in the classroom. This tutorial is designed to help you capitalize on those aspects of PowerPoint that lend themselves best to engaging students interests. PowerPoint is only a tool. It will not, in and of itself, improve student learning. It?s the way that professors use PowerPoint that can encourage student learning.
Target Student Population:
Faculty or anyone who uses PowerPoint in the classroom. Students can also use the tutorial when preparing their own reports, projects or presentations.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Familiarity with PowerPoint
Type of Material:
May be used much like a checklist for teaching any subject area in the classroom but also online.
Flash 6.0 plug in, PowerPoint software
Evaluation and Observation
This tutorial will help you convert any PowerPoint lecture material into a dynamic teaching experience. The Active Lecturing section forms the pedagogical basis. In the Active Learning Strategies section, you'll find 12 active learning strategies you can use with PowerPoint; each activity is accompanied by a slide example. These include strategies like Opening Question,Introductory Think-Pair-Share, Focused Listening, Brainstorming, brief Question Breaks, Blank Slides, Think-Pair-Share at transition points, Note Check, Question \& Answer Pairs, Two Minute Paper, Your One Last Question, \& A Final Question.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The purpose of this teaching tool is clearly articulated so that the user may easily achieve the goal of effectively achieving active learning in the classroom or online. The sections on Active Learning Strategies and Formative Assessment appear most effective as teaching tools. Excellent list of Resources which include templates for Powerpoint games.
The example PowerPoint of the active learning strategies is very useful but the tutorial would be even more effective if discipline specific \& actually used presentations were demonstrated. The section on Games in PowerPoint shows a creative but potentially time-consuming approach to using this software in the classroom; it would have been helpful here to point out the templates that are available for this purpose.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
You can enter the workshop at any point by clicking on the link to individual sections.
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