Saturday, November 5, 2011

Week 6: Creating student-centered classes and interactive PowerPoint

I admit I have used PowerPoint presentations before, but this is the first time I have created an interactive one. For that reason, it took me a long time to do it. I know it can be improved, but I have included the elements I learned this week to make the lesson a more learner-centered and interactive experience, even when classes are large ones:

• a question to activate students’ background knowledge at the beginning of the presentation
• a blank slide to make them focus on the topic, think and interact
• a video to illustrate the topic and increase students’ interest
• a quiz to check comprehension and discuss with jumps to other slides based on student responses
• a song to review and reinforce at the end

Thinking of the class blog as a technology-enhanced change for my Cultural Studies course, I will be able to post the PowerPoint presentation so that students can review and check their own notes against the exact slides I used in class, which turns the PPT into an even more useful resource.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Myriam
    Yes, indeed, adding interactive elements can take quite some time. Power point has been criticized for being linear, while other forms of content delivery, such as a website, are more non-linear. I think creating the interactivity in power point goes against the grain, so to speak. But you can do it with some effort.