Week #7 Resources
- Classwork: Work on Web site. Check out http://www.arttoday.com for great graphics. You can
sign up for a trial membership and get great graphics for free! Be sure to ask the
instructor if you have questions regarding storing your .htm and .gif (or .jpg) files.
Each Web page will be a separate .htm file while all of your graphics will be separate
.gif or .jpg files. They must all be stored on your floppy disk before we upload them.
- Demonstration: Creating multimedia with PowerPoint.
You should focus on several aspects
while creating a multimedia presentation.
- functionality - Above all your students must be able to use the
presentation. Be sure to critique your presentation from a student's perspective before
you use it.
- organization - There are a number of arrangements that could be used in
your presentation. For example, the presentation could be linear in that each slide leads
to exactly one other slide. This provides for a very structured lesson. However, you may
wish to give the student choices and require higher-level thinking by giving him/her
severall choices from a number of slides.
- documentation - Does the presentation contain the instructions
necessary for a student to successfully complete the lesson? Do you have handwritten notes
that remind you (the instructor) how to use the presentation. If you do not use PowerPoint
that often during the school year, you may need to write out special instructions as a
- user interface - Can ALL of your students use the presentation without
help from others? Each slide should be understandable with adequate directions. Even if
adequate directions are given, is the presentation consistent? The student should have a
pleasant experience with the lesson.Use meaningful icons, analogies, and metaphors so that
a non-technology expert can follow the lesson.
- creativity - Nothing is less effective than a boring multimedia
presentation. If you do not take advantage of the essence of PowerPoint, you may as well
have used a boring worksheet. Be sure not to go overboard though and violate other
principles listed here. Use a variety of multimedia elements such as text, sound, images,
graphics, color, audio, and video. Movement can also effectively be used.
- hyperlinks - While most people think of the World Wide Web along with
hyperlinks, a standalone (offline) multimedia presentation actually should contain links
between its slides. Constructivist learning can be encouraged with an intentional,
well-executed presentation. An expert in a subject area (such as a teacher) can model a
presentation to reflect his/her own mental understanding and lead the student to adopt
that framework of understanding. Better yet, he/she can arrange the information (via
hyperlinks as well as spatially & sequentially) so that the material could be
understood (semantically constructed) in various ways.
- space, arrangement, and physical layout - The student must be able to
see important elements on each slide. The student must also be able to move the mouse
effectively and "find" hyperlinks. Sometimes "less is more" and an
uncluttered arrangement leads to maximal understanding and navigability.
You should develop your presentation by storyboarding the slides first and then actually
use PowerPoint to create them. This will lead to a more consistent presentation and it
will make your more efficient.
- Classwork: Work on Multimedia Presentation.
Things you MUST
turn in next week
Things you SHOULD put work
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