Ideas for Teacher Presentations
- Use PowerPoint as a slide projector to show students images related to the course material. These images could be anything from reproductions of contextual works of art to images of manuscripts. PowerPoint easily allows instructors to combine images and texts so that images can be accompanied by explanations or even just the title of the art work being viewed. PowerPoint also allows instructors to annotate slides. These annotations are included when the slide is printed or exported as HTML for posting on a class website.
- Create a PowerPoint introduction to a broad concept such as literacy or imagism in literature. As the quarter progresses, you and your class can add to this introductory presentation as you explore and complicate the concept.
- Use PowerPoint to keep a record of class discussions. Input student comments or responses to questions, or input their reactions to a text much in the same way you would on a chalk board. Unlike a chalk board PowerPoint allows instructors to easily organize these comments and to post them on a course web site for future reference.
- Create a PowerPoint presentation on different aspects of the writing process, and illustrate these aspects with images of student writing.
- PowerPoint presentations can be easily exported as HTML for posting to a class website, allowing students to review lecture materials outside of class.
- Create a PowerPoint presentation of your syllabus. For example, you could create a slide for your office information, one listing your texts, and another on attendance, and so on. If you do not want to project this presentation from the computer, you can use PowerPoint's print options to create black and white transparencies.
Using PowerPoint as a Composition Tool
PowerPoint can be used for more than just giving presentations. Some instructors have successfully used it as a composition tool. The ideas below can be used not only in the composition-based classroom but in the literature or rhetoric based classroom.
- PowerPoint is useful if used as a simple concept mapping tool. PowerPoint allows students to see and easily re-arrange information in their essay. Each slide can represent a paragraph or section of an essay. One use of PowerPoint is to have students summarize the main point or assertion of each paragraph or section of their essay and then provide specifics as bulleted items under this heading. Students can easily see where they may need more evidence (textual or otherwise) or where they may have a paragraph that really deserves to be split into two or more paragraphs.
- Using the slide viewer feature allows students to see their essay on a global level and get a sense of how ideas interconnect and build upon each other. Students can easily move slides around and thus get a sense how their essay would change. Viewing their essays as a series of slides can also help students identify gaps or repetitions in their essays that are not easily noticed on the sentence level. This can help many students get a real sense of what it really means to revise an essay. In short, PowerPoint can help writers move from the local to the global level throughout the composition process.
- Have students summarize the main points and supporting evidence of their essays using PowerPoint and then have them play musical computers. Then have students swap essays and summarize their peer's essay in PowerPoint. Either as a class or in small peer groups have students compare the two summaries. Analyze what is different in the two summaries and discuss why these differences arise. Doing so can help students read in a more focused manner and to gain an appreciation for how readers are reading their essay.
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