Monday, February 7, 2011

January Blog

This January, I decided to have my students publish their three week writing project as a PowerPoint Presentation to share with their parents during conferences. They loved it! They had to complete their rough drafts, revising, and editing prior to being able to publish, of course, and it really excited them through the entire process. I had students who normally barely write in class taking their writing home and completing it for homework just so they could have more time to complete their PowerPoint.
I began the PowerPoint istruction with the bare minimum. I let them pick a slide design, and they then had to type all their writing into certain slides. (I had a break down ready for them as to what part of the paragraph(s) went on each slide.) Once all the typing was complete, I allowed the students to add on the "bells and whistles", such as font, pictures, and animation. They all worked so hard, almost every student was able to add these things! My students wrote some of their best writing, and their enthusiasm was unparalleled. It was fantastic to also watch them present to their parents as well. Now, I have them asking to create presentations for every project we do!


Joseph Miller said...

It is interesting to see the things that motivate students. Some time you might give a more advanced student the chance to play with Prezi. Prezi is a free online PPT. It is a little "flashy" I would say. But there are tons of examples online that a student can look at and it is designed to stand alone after the presentation.

Joseph Miller said...

I have also often thought that 5th graders would probably get a kick out of Pecha Kucha (20 slides 20 seconds each)(or you could do 10 with 20 seconds each). You could name the learning topics (e.g. math, reading, writing, etc...) and the students get 20 seconds to tell their parents what they have learned or are learning before the slide switches.

Liz Springer said...

Colleen, this sounds great! I'm going to have to try this! If you can do it with the million kids you have in your class, I'm sure I could handle it... Thanks for the idea!

Jon Fisher said...

This sounds exciting! One interesting way of presenting that allows for easy peer feedback is through Voicethread. It is like PowerPoint slides that students can click on to write comments, record their voice, or even video tape themselves.
Perhaps we could do something interactive between our two grades.
I'll also have to check out Pecha Kucha (thanks for the tip, Joe!).