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Uses of PowerPoint in Primary Schools. Pat Cunnane Coláiste Mhuire, Marino. Why use PowerPoint?. PowerPoint can be used as a presentation aid for teachers PowerPoint can be used as an outlet for children’s creativity and productivity. Some teacher uses of PowerPoint.
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Uses of PowerPoint in Primary Schools Pat Cunnane Coláiste Mhuire, Marino
Why use PowerPoint? • PowerPoint can be used as a presentation aid for teachers • PowerPoint can be used as an outlet for children’s creativity and productivity
Some teacher uses of PowerPoint • Avoid ‘PowerPointlessness’ • Bulleted information presentations for primary school children are generally inappropriate • Curriculum Principles • Activity and discovery-based learning • Problem-solving • Environmental-based learning etc. • Instead use PowerPoint as a teaching aid • How?
As a ‘Hub’ for your resources • Why not use the IWB? • PowerPoint can show or play a huge variety of resources • PowerPoint can be published as a ‘Package.’ The resulting folder contains all the resources from the PowerPoint • PowerPoint can quickly create a large ‘Photo Album’ • Enables you to show/ use resources on computers that don’t have your IWB software package • Allows you to animate your slides • Text-based slides (e.g. tasks/ worksheets) are quick to create and have lots of layout options • You can import PowerPoint content into a flipchart but you can’t import flipchart content into a PowerPoint • What kind of resources could you put in your ‘Hub’
Suit €100 T-shirt € 10 Skirt € 15 Jeans € 30 Socks € 1.50 Shoes € 40 Set tasks • As a last effort to get rid of the goods, they are marked at 25 per cent off. • How much do you save?
Interactive tasks • If you don’t have interactive whiteboard software, use PowerPoint for interactive tasks How many ways can you put 10 cent in this bag?
Focus children on key questions and tasks • SPHE discussion • Question: What steps can our school take to help prevent bullying? • Roles: • Chair- Ensures everyone in your group has the opportunity to speak • Time-keeper- Allows ten minutes for the discussion and give minutes for the recorder to summarise the group’s suggestions • Recorder- Records the suggestions of your group • Reporter- Reports your group’s suggestions back to the class
Summarise • Place the stations of the cross in the correct order
Manage and resources for a unit of work • Uganda • Maps: Posters • Images: Posters or handouts • Music: CD + CDplayer + handout • Video footage: TV +DVD + DVD player • Music activity: Handouts + CD player
Siya Humba Lyrics Siya humba ku ken yeni kwen kos Siya humba ku ken yeni kwen kos Siya humba, Siya humba, Siya humba ku ken yeni kwen kos. • Power Point for music activities instead of CD + CDplayer + handout
PowerPoint for interactive music task instead of CD + CD player + handouts: Match the instrument with the sound
Let’s learn how to make a PowerPoint • Open ‘How to make a PowerPoint’ in your PowerPoint folder on your CD or click this link
Some pupil uses of PowerPoint • Presentation aid- oral language lessons • Practice/ reinforce learning • Project work • Presenting project work, e.g. Granny project • Can assemble text, pictures, video, audio etc. for the pupils
Oral language presentation aid • Rettendon Primary School • School Council give a presentation at the Meeting of the Governing Body
Practical tasks to practice/ reinforce learning • Example • Using keys to identify plants and animals in the local habitat
Pupil uses of PowerPoint- Ongoing writing project • ‘South-Enders’ by Osbaston School, Wales (Year 6) • Weekly soap opera • Digital camera used to source images • Ends on a cliffhanger • Different group produces each week
All about minibeasts Our book of invertebrates by Primary 4 GlamisSchool http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/literacy/ictinliteracy/literacyandpowerpoint/minibeastsandpowerpoint.asp
Spider • Trap-door spiders hide in a burrow with a trap door at the entrance. • This spider is waiting for a fly to go in its web. • Spiders have oily feet so they don’t stick to their webs.
PowerPoint supporting creative writing • Animated Stories • Example • Early years creative writing
Presenting project work • Presentation on school life in Rettendon Primary School for twinned school on Little Caymen • http://www.jonathansblog.net/taxonomy/term/19 • Ideas for children using PowerPoint • http://www.cobbk12.org/sites/literacy/fetc/ppt/ppt_index.htm#gameshows
Summary • PowerPoint can be used in a multitude of ways in a primary school context without resorting to lecture-style presentations • This presentation highlighted just a few examples • Imaginative and resourceful teachers make effective use of this resource in many other ways • Using PowerPoint can save the teacher time and energy • Preparation of resources • Management of resources • PowerPoint can contribute to children’s learning and enjoyment of learning