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Enhancing student engagement with animations


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Office for Educators

with Aaron Quigley

Video: Enhancing student engagement with animations

PowerPoint animations are a great way to keep students engaged during a lesson. While most of us are familiar with the basic bullet point animations where individual elements on a slide come up on a mouse click. You can also use what's called revealing animations or layered animations in order to hide content on your slide that you don't want revealed until certain point in the lesson. We're going to go ahead and combine some of these techniques to create a very basic slide that will allow our students to move through discovery of a concept at the pace that we choose as we control our presentation. In Microsoft PowerPoint, I've gone ahead and opened up the animation presentation, which is located in chapter seven of the exercise files.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      26s
    3. Office at Orange Valley School
      36s
    4. What you should know before watching this course
      27s
  2. 1m 37s
    1. Exploring Office versions
      33s
    2. Using Office as an educator
      36s
    3. Using Office desktop and online applications
      28s
  3. 7m 24s
    1. Creating lesson plan templates
      3m 25s
    2. Adding form-field placeholders
      3m 59s
  4. 13m 11s
    1. Formatting headers and footers
      3m 9s
    2. Using AutoText
      2m 9s
    3. Writing math equations
      3m 34s
    4. Using charts and graphs
      4m 19s
  5. 13m 20s
    1. Using tables to create rubrics
      4m 21s
    2. Grading papers with Track Changes and Comments
      3m 49s
    3. Creating grade reports with mail merge
      5m 10s
  6. 4m 23s
    1. Challenge: Create a worksheet template with a dropdown menu
      49s
    2. Solution: Create a worksheet template with a dropdown menu
      3m 34s
  7. 40m 51s
    1. Creating a gradebook
      1m 3s
    2. Understanding cells
      2m 50s
    3. Creating the gradebook layout
      3m 29s
    4. Creating a dropdown list of assignment types
      3m 36s
    5. Writing the grade calculation functions
      5m 44s
    6. Using conditional formats
      5m 45s
    7. Setting the print area
      3m 17s
    8. Adding headers and footers
      2m 28s
    9. Adding list sorting
      2m 38s
    10. Freezing frames and cleaning up
      2m 43s
    11. Replicating sheets
      2m 0s
    12. Challenge: Write a conditional format
      58s
    13. Solution: Write a conditional format
      4m 20s
  8. 35m 28s
    1. Creating a PowerPoint presentation
      22s
    2. Selecting and modifying templates
      4m 1s
    3. Enhancing student engagement with animations
      6m 37s
    4. Utilizing transitions
      4m 42s
    5. Adding graphs and charts
      4m 17s
    6. Adding and configuring media
      4m 18s
    7. Creating handouts and posters
      4m 10s
    8. Configuring presentation settings
      3m 13s
    9. Challenge: Fade transitions to simulate animated graph elements
      37s
    10. Solution: Fade transitions to simulate animated graph elements
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 26s
    1. Installing the plugin
      2m 5s
    2. Recording your presentation
      4m 24s
    3. Adding video
      2m 57s
  10. 8m 57s
    1. Adding a school email account and syncing to a remote calendar
      40s
    2. Setting up email accounts
      22s
    3. Creating calendars by class
      3m 2s
    4. Contact notes and groups
      2m 22s
    5. Challenge: Adding an online calendar
      47s
    6. Solution: Adding an online calendar
      1m 44s
  11. 13m 4s
    1. Creating centralized file storage
      3m 59s
    2. Creating a home-office-to-school workflow
      1m 13s
    3. Surveying students
      3m 59s
    4. Challenge: Create a shared phone log using a survey
      54s
    5. Solution: Create a shared phone log using a survey
      2m 59s
  12. 14m 32s
    1. Creating a class website
      31s
    2. Using SharePoint to share information
      42s
    3. Student collaboration
      3m 58s
    4. Teacher collaboration
      5m 21s
    5. Challenge: Add a grading rubric to a SharePoint student site
      49s
    6. Solution: Add a grading rubric to a SharePoint student site
      3m 11s
  13. 41s
    1. Next steps
      41s

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2h 45m Appropriate for all Sep 05, 2013 Updated Oct 01, 2014

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Teachers, your time is valuable. Learn to reduce your workload, streamline grading and lesson planning, and share resources with students and other teachers with Microsoft Office. Aaron Quigley teaches you how to use Word's templates to create lessons and worksheets more efficiently, use Track Changes to digitally grade papers, build gradebooks in Excel, give presentations from PowerPoint, collaborate over SkyDrive, and connect using Outlook and SharePoint. These lessons are explored using sample lessons, homework, and tests like you'd find at a real-world school. And at the end of each section, Aaron invites you to test what you've learned in a video challenge.

Topics include:
  • Creating lesson plan templates
  • Creating worksheets with math equations, charts, and graphs
  • Grading papers
  • Creating a gradebook in Excel
  • Creating an animated presentation
  • Setting up a school email account in Outlook
  • Storing documents online with SkyDrive
  • Creating a class website with SharePoint
Subject:
Education + Elearning
Software:
Office
Author:
Aaron Quigley

Enhancing student engagement with animations

PowerPoint animations are a great way to keep students engaged during a lesson. While most of us are familiar with the basic bullet point animations where individual elements on a slide come up on a mouse click. You can also use what's called revealing animations or layered animations in order to hide content on your slide that you don't want revealed until certain point in the lesson. We're going to go ahead and combine some of these techniques to create a very basic slide that will allow our students to move through discovery of a concept at the pace that we choose as we control our presentation. In Microsoft PowerPoint, I've gone ahead and opened up the animation presentation, which is located in chapter seven of the exercise files.

I'm starting on slide number four, slide number two and slide number three will actually model for you the animations that we're creating in this presentation. Here on slide number four, there's a few things I'd like to have happen. First off, there's four bullet points that I'd like to come in individually so students can take guided notes. Then I have a variety of questions. Number one is an exploratory thinking question to get our students pondering what would happen if we cross-bred a purple pea plant with a white pea plant. Then I need to reveal the results of the crossbreed to the students. After the results are revealed, I would like students to go back and have an opportunity to reflect on that.

Let's go and get started by building these animations in. The first thing I'm going to do is deal with the bullet points. This is the easiest kind of animation to add. Highlighting the text, I'm going to go to the Animations tab, and I'm just going to tell them to appear. Now right away you'll see that they all show up with a number one next to them. If I left this as-is, all four of these bullet points would show up at the same time on a mouse click. Instead, I'm going to go over, and I'm going to choose to have these show up individually by selecting On Click. You'll notice now the numbers change to one. Two, three and four. That means four mouse clicks in is what it will take for this final bullet point to appear.

The next thing we want to have happen is we'd like this question to be revealed to the students. In order to do that I'm going to use a shape. From the Home menu I can go ahead and select in the Shape browser. This really basic cloud shape. To draw the cloud shape, I'm just going to click and drag it out until I think it covers the text. That looks good. And then I'm going to go ahead and quickly use control+C, or command+C on the Mac, to copy and paste this so I have two clouds. One for each question. Now on top of the cloud, I'd like to go ahead and label these question one and question two so the students know where to respond in their guided note sheet.

To do this, I'm going to go ahead and use a text box. To place a text box, I'm going to go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and I'm going to choose Text Box. I'm just going to drag a text box out over top of the first cloud and type Question one. Quickly center and format that text. Once again, I will highlight the text box, use control + C or command C on the mac and control + V or command V on the mac to copy and paste it. I'll put that over the second cloud, and I will go and change this to question two. Now, I'd like both the text box and the cloud to disappear at the same time.

What I need to do is make sure they're grouped together. With either the cloud or text box selected, I'm going to hold down the control key and I'm going to select the other one. You'll notice the small plus sign appears next to my cursor telling me I'm ready to select multiple items. With both items selected, I'm going to right-click and I'm going to choose to group these items together. Once these items are grouped, I can now play an animation to the entire group. Let's go to our Animations panel and I'm going to tell these ones I don't want them to appear I want them to disappear. So I'll drop down the menu, I'll come down to my Exit Options, and choose Disappear.

Now, as I reveal the question, I only want students to see that there's the purple and the white flower. I'd like the results blocked from them. So in order to do this, I'm going to go ahead, and go back to my home page. And I'm going to draw this really basic, rounded rectangle. I'm just going to cover up the results. And I'll go ahead and add another text box with some question marks so students will understand that what's hidden here is a question, something they need to figure out. I'll highlight that text, use the quick drop-down menu. Make it 66. I'll go ahead and highlight the text box. Highlight the background.

Once again with the right mouse click we will group these together and so now we can add another animation. So let's think about the order for a second. We want question one to be revealed, we've got that animation put into place. We want to give the students to ponder about the two flowers. Next we want to reveal the solution, so I go and select that box, go to my animations menu. Drop down to the more animations options, and choose Disappear. And then finally, we want Question 2, or the reflection question, to be revealed. Once again, I will Ctrl-click both those items, right mouse click and group them, go back to my animations menu, and select Disappear again.

So as the slide happens right now you can see the numbers one through four I'm going to bring in these four bullet points. Five question one is going to be revealed. Six the solution is going to be revealed and seven the reflection question's going to be revealed. So this is a nice combination of both appearing. And disappearing effects. Let's go ahead and talk about another type of animation, which is movement. Here I've got two flowers, that are the offspring from the first generation of crossbreeding. I would like my students to understand that the new generation came from the offspring of the first generation.

If I just put two purple flowers down here, my students might miss that, and I might have a misconception on my hands that I'll need to deal with later on. So I'm going to chose to use an animation to actually move these flowers from this location to the next location. To help us walk through this process, I'm going to go ahead and delete these two animations and show you how I did this. Let's go ahead and select the first flower we would like to animate. Under the Animation's drop-down menu, I'm going to select More Motion Paths. Here I've got a variety of options. I'm going to go and select Diagonal, Down and Right. Now, you might be noticing that, wait a minute, I don't want this flower to go down and right.

I want this flower to go down and left, but there is no Down and Left menu option. The reason being is it doesn't really matter which one I choose, as long as it's a straight line I can grab this flower and move it anywhere I'd like on this slide. I'm going to drag this flower over here, line it up using the hinting guides. Once I think it's in the place I like I'll release, and do the exact same thing for the second flower. Go back to animations. Chose more motion pass. Chose a down and right animation. Click okay. Take my second flower, and drag it into position.

There we go. Now if I go ahead and play this slide, I can see that the flowers will move one at a time, from the top location to the bottom location. To help students understand that these flowers came from the offspring of the first generation, and are the new parent plants for the second generation. There's a variety of ways that these animations can be beneficial to you and your classroom. A couple things to try are to have a variety of numbers and symbols such as plus signs, multiplication signs, and equal signs, and on a mouse click, having them rearrange themselves into equations that students then need to solve.

This will definitely increase student engagement and hopefully will be fun for you creating the lesson.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/01/2014. What changed?
A: We added a brand new chapter on Office Mix, the PowerPoint plugin that allows educators to record interactive presentations and test students with quizzes.
 
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