Use PowerPoint to empower students to create. It is important that we help our students develop critical thinking and higher order thinking skills. Microsoft PowerPoint is a tool that empowers students to plan, create, and analyze. As students use the tool to improve the learning of content, they develop important technical skills that will benefit them in the future.
- [Narrator] We've discussed several innovative ways for you, the educator, to use PowerPoint. However, in this video, we'll take a look at how we can empower students using PowerPoint. In the digital age, it's so important for us to engage our students in higher order thinking, and help them develop 21st Century skills, like communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking. Rather than just memorizing information for exams, we need students applying the information that they're learning. A tool like PowerPoint allows you to do this in several ways. First, we can help to teach students presentation skills.
Teach them the tips and best practices for efficient and engaging presentations, and then have them give one. Remember that public speaking is one of the most feared things for people to do, though. Being required to speak in front of others can be very stressful, and may not always be necessary in order to accomplish what you're trying to assess. You could, as an alternative, have students record a presentation, say, with a friend, and then submit it to you, as the teacher, so they don't have to do it in front of everyone. You could also have students apply their content knowledge by using Office Mix and PowerPoint to create a flipped class on the subject that you're learning about.
I really like this idea because it allows you to assess the student's ability to apply the knowledge while they also develop important technical skills. Also, you can find videos that were well done and collect them in a digital library that could be shared with other students for studying, or with other classes, grade levels, or schools. Having students create something for an authentic audience can be a powerful motivator. Also remember that there is Microsoft Office online. Here I can access the PowerPoint app in the online version.
Right now I'm on the Microsoft Office homepage. And here I am going to click on the PowerPoint icon. And this brings up a version of PowerPoint that's very similar to Google Drive. So this would be similar to Google Slides in which students can interact and collaborate in real time. They can save the presentation, share it with others, just like Google Drive. So this is also an option that you can use. Now you don't get all the functionality that you get with the full version of PowerPoint, but this may be a good option. So PowerPoint is a powerful tool.
And hopefully you've found some ways that you can utilize it in your classroom to improve student learning.
- Creating effective and engaging presentations
- Creating flipped classes with Office Mix
- Empowering students with PowerPoint
- Creating tutorials, newsletters, and flipped classes with Sway
- Tracking student progress in Excel
- Using Word templates
- Creating visual representations in Word
- Using OneDrive for collaboration and storage
- Creating modules and flipped classes using OneNote
- Using Outlook, Docs.com, Skype, and SharePoint