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WP & More

The purpose of this project is to help the learner understand similarities and differences between word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software programs and then to be able to apply this knowledge when choosing which type of software to use in a given situation. The material is presented in Powerpoint in kiosk mode and is interactive and engaging. It was written to be used with middle school students....

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Jeffrey Powers
Jeffrey Powers (Teacher (K-12))
11 years ago

I thought this was a good topic to address because we take for granted that choosing the most appropriate productivity application would be simple. This tutorial could be reviewed each time a project is assigned or a new productivity tool is introduced in a class. The description on the MERLOT page is very thorough and descriptive. The only drawback to the title is that it is not clear what WP is until you read the description or start the presentation. This may hinder someone from finding it. The presentation was very easy to use and clearly labeled. I would use this as a resource too. The addition of video and image helps motivate the users to stay engaged. I wonder how many excel music videos are out there? The feed back during the short quizzes is good and placing the quizzes at the end of each topic provides scaffolding for the user. Maybe some quiz questions could be placed at the very end. I liked the instructional strategy used in the presentation to summarize the content at the end of a topic. This should help reinforce learning. There is good use of images and some video. One drawback is the dependence on text and reading. Adding some speech to supplement to other information would be helpful to some users.

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