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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 presentation itself.

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 organizer
  • 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 sufficient detail.
  • 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)

Specific Ideas-

  • 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. 




This site was last updated on 02/09/10.

Sue Taylor-Foley, Coordinator of Assessment and Technology, South Shore Regional School Board, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada

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