Notes on PowerPoint and Blogging
I ran across two sites that suggest possible ways to improve using blogs and PowerPoint.
Getting students to interact with blogs of the other students has been difficult for me. Furthermore, I have elected not to evaluate the blogs beyond did it or didn’t do it. However, this blog at Hossack’s House on assessing blogs offers some ideas. He had his 5th grade students develop rubrics to evaluate blogs. The rubrics can be found on his site. They are still in progress. From reading his blog, I am thinking about having my students read some blogs by other ESL students and develop rubrics based on these blogs. The rubrics could be used either by me or the students to evaluate their blogs.
Since I use PowerPoint in all of my classes, I am on the look out for ways to improve interaction because I sometimes look at the glazed look on my students’ faces and know I have not made the class either accessible or interesting. Karl M. Kapp has a video presentation on using PowerPoint, “PowerPoint: What is Appropriate When and Why?” that offers several suggestions for making presentations more interactive.
I use PowerPoint for several reasons, but the one I think may be most helpful for some students is that I send them the PowerPoint presentation for future reference. This way they can pay attention in class and review later. I have no idea how many review them later though I know some do. This summer I have been sending out both the PowerPoint version and a pdf version because some students have had problems opening the PowerPoint version.
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