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How to generate interactive lessons using PowerPoint

 

 

Interactive PowerPoint based lessons can be useful exercises for students.   Interactive PowerPoint based lessons can prompt users for answers and provide visual and audio responses in a fun way.  Most importantly, they are relatively easy to generate and help introduce students to the computer.


   See some samples/free lessons that you can use.

 

 

Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint (part of the Microsoft Office suites), other presentation applications probably provide similar capabilities, e.g. the free OpenOffice.org Impress application.

 

Steps in creating a simple interactive PowerPoint lesson:

  1. Generate questions and multiple choices
  2. Add events, to navigate forward or backward between slides
  3. Add events that provide positive or negative feedback to signify correct and incorrect answer selection by the student, e.g. negative beep sounds, positive applause and next slide advancement
  4. Polish it up: select colors, fonts, images, and maybe add an introduction page and a final page
  5. Save it as a PowerPoint Show for use by your students

Basic knowledge of PowerPoint slide presentation creation is assumed, for further help see:

 

Making you PowerPoint lesson interactive, step by step...

  1. Generate questions and multiple choices
    - What is the coldest season of the year?
    - What is the hottest season?
    - In what season do flowers start to grow?
    - In what season do leaves fall off trees?

  2. Add events, to navigate forward or backward between slides
    - Create a slide that asks "What is the coldest season of the year?", and provide the four possible answers: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter near the bottom of the slide as four separate text boxes
    - Add Action Buttons: perhaps create buttons to go to the Previous slide and/or Next slide
       select menu item Slide Show -> Action Buttons -> select Action Button: Forward or Next
      and position it at the bottom right of your slide,
       likewise you can create an Action Button: Back or Previous, at the bottom left of your slide

  3. Add events that provide positive or negative feedback to signify correct and incorrect answer selection by the student, e.g. negative beep sounds, positive applause and next slide advancement
    a)
    Create negative feedback, when a user clicks on one of the wrong answers, like playing the sound of a buzzard:
          - Add Action Settings: Select the text box with the correct answer to your question (NOTE: select the text box that encloses the correct answer, NOT the text of the correct answer), then select the menu item Slide Show -> Action Settings... -> select Mouse Click and check off Play sound:: and select BADBUZ03.WAV
    b) Create positive feedback, when the user clicks on the correct answer, like moving forward to a slide where the correct answer is displayed, and play a positive sound like applause:
          - Add Action Settings: Select the text box with the correct answer to your question (NOTE: select the text box that encloses the correct answer, NOT the text of the correct answer), then select the menu item Slide Show -> Action Settings... -> select Mouse Click and check off Hyperlink to: and select Next Slide
             AND
          -  check off Play sound:: and select CLAP.WAV
    c) Create the answer slide with more positive feedback, like hilighting the correct answer, or rephrase the question with the correct answer inserted.

  4. Polish it up: select colors, fonts, images, and maybe add an introduction page and a final page
    - You can get images from your digital photos, Microsoft Clipart, Google Image Search, etc.
    - You can add music or your own voice (menu item Insert -> Movies and Sounds -> then Sound from File... or Record Sound)

  5. Save it as a PowerPoint Show for use by your students
    Select menu item File -> Save As -> select Save as type: PowerPoint Show (*.pps)

View an example of this exercise: The Seasons

 

View or use  one of our Interactive PowerPoint Lessons...