Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tom Snyder Productions': PowerPoint Workshop for Teachers

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tom Snyder Productions': PowerPoint Workshop for Teachers

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Today's teacher competes with technology daily. At home, students have no problem focusing on playing games on their home computers or game systems, or watching television for hours upon end. Those mediums can provide high quality graphics and sound that can have children literally sitting on the edge of their seats. However, that is not the case in the common classroom, where students are asked to give the same attention to overhead transparencies or chalkboard instruction. In order to win the battle, teachers are adopting the slogan, "If you can't beat them, join them!"

In order to spice up instruction and presentations in the classroom, teachers are turning to multimedia presentation programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint. At first look, PowerPoint appears to be a complicated and intimidating program. However, after using PowerPoint Workshop for Teachers by Janet Caughlin, teachers will find the program as easy as chalk and slate.

The self-paced workshop starts learners with an introduction to computers, which is great for those who are using a Windows or Macintosh machine for the first time. Next, the many toolbars, menus, and help areas are covered in detail. Learners are also introduced to principles of effective instructional design, which are important to understand when developing multimedia presentations.

Once the basics are covered, learners get to roll up their sleeves and work through some excellent tutorials. The tutorials are easily understood and the author has done the courtesy of including directions for both Macintosh and Windows users, as well as directions for the latest versions of Office (97, 98, 2000).

Learners can discover how to create some neat things such as screensavers, short animated movies, interactive presentations, online PowerPoint presentations, and meeting agendas. …

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