Presentation software allows the student to present his/her material to a
group of people. Software such as Power Point, Hyperstudio and Appleworks
all allow students to create a presentation that integrates English Language
Arts outcomes in Speaking, Viewing, Reading and Writing with the outcome of the
Ideas for how to use presentation software in your classroom.
- always have students create a plan before going to the computer.
This will save valuable computer time and a plan assists students in
creating a better product. You can have students create their plans using a graphic
- always check student plans before they go to the computer to create their
product. Struggling students will require additional checking and
monitoring to ensure they are on task and have created a presentation with
- if you are having your students use the internet for research purposes use
EBSCO and other sites that you have
prebookmarked yourself. This way students will spend less time
searching for resources and more time finding the information to support
their research. You will also know that they will not be in sites that
may be inappropriate. See the sample below to give you an idea of how
you can set this up for students. (see hyperlinks to a grade 6 example)
- give students a set period of time for their computer work.
- provide students with a rubric for their presentation
- provide students with a rubric for their participation as an audience
member during presentations
- teach advanced skills to those who are ready to use them in their
presentations (eg. inserting hyperlinks)
- use completed presentations to inform others about topics.
(e.g. share presentation on a curriculum topic with another class or grade)
- create E-Books
- create public service announcements- have students complete research on a
topic and create an informative, persuasive message using the information
they have found on the topic (e.g. World Aids Crisis, Consumerism, Child
Labour, Knockoff products, copyright issues, the environment...).
- create portfolios- use power point to showcase student work throughout the
year. Have students maintain their own portfolio on a disc or in a
folder. Use the digital camera for students to take pictures of their art work, poetry
etc... for inclusion in their student portfolios.
- chronicle a field trip- on your excursion have students take digital
photos and use these as a basis for creating a non-fiction text about your
trip. Assign specific pictures to students and have them be
responsible for the write up to accompany the picture. Use this to
show parents about the excursion, as a reflective writing exercise, or to
inform another class who will be going on the same trip in the future what
they are likely to see on their field trip. This type of product can be used
and revised for multiple years. What a sense of pride students feel
when their teacher has felt that their product is good enough to save and to
share with others!
- share student research results -for ideas on conducting mini-research
visit this site that gives you two examples of power point presentations.
The first one is on how and why mini-research
can be valuable in the classroom and the second one gives hyperlinks
to a grade 6 example on world cultures. By viewing this you can
pattern instructions for students to conduct mini-research in your classroom
and they will have a model of a presentation by viewing yours. Struggling
students in particular need additional modeling. By leaving your
presentation on the computer students can review it as many times as is
necessary in its original format.
- create classroom mini-lessons using a
presentation software. Have your students create their own mini-lessons too
and have them present these to other students. Leave these on the computer
to be used as mini-lessons as they are needed again for review or skill
introduction. This is a great way for students to show they have mastered a
topic and for them to share this knowledge with others.
- give students an authentic reason to write. This will produce
surprising results and increase editing skills as editing using the computer
can be easier (once the skills have been learned) then conventional writing
methods for many individuals.