This very comprehensive website was created by the Learning Resources Department at St. Petersburg College using the LibGuide (library research guides) template to provide a wide variety of tutorial type resources for students or teachers at the college who want to learn to use PowerPoint 2013.
The LibGuide tabs include the basic use of the PowerPoint 2013 software application, PowerPointers such as “What’s Wrong with this Slide?, and Create a PowerPoint, with links to actual Microsoft Office videos showing step-by-step “how to’s” and a “Your Turn”, actual practice assignments for creating a presentation.
Type of Material:
This tutorial could be used a variety of situations depending on the needs of the student or user. It could be a standard resource for any student required to give a presentation or used by a teacher prior to developing learning materials, or used by a business person prior to giving a presentation. The site could be used in class to teach 21st century skills such as promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills, communicating, collaborating, building arguments and providing evidence, and inquiry skills where students create a project to demonstrate their learning.
Additional applications of PowerPoint include lectures, individual and learning team projects and professional learning communities. Target populations include middle school through graduate and professional organizations.
The website is accessible with any browser. A flash player plug-in will be required in order to view the videos.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The user is provided steps to guide in creating a 2013 PowerPoint presentation from scratch.
Target Student Population:
Students, teachers, trainers or business persons.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer skills
The content presented is both valid and reliable. Also the content is flexible as it covers a range of options for developing a PowerPoint is current. Importantly, the site contains links for additional tutorials and training.
Since the website includes content specific to St. Petersburg College students such as “Ask a Librarian” students would need to be informed to just use the PPT related materials resources and not the St. Petersburg contact information.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This tutorial could be used as is including the assignment for students in any class or discipline,
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The buttons and menus for the links are easy to navigate. Also, the layout makes it easy to access a specific feature of the menu. Importantly, the information presented is flexible. Although there are new features in the 2013 Power Point, there are similarities with the 2007 PowerPoint, which makes this version familiar to the user.
None noted during this review.
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