INSYS 400 -
Class #9 Resources
- View our class grades which is a link from our
home page. This is a pdf file. You must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
plug-in installed on your computer in order to view pdf files in your Web
- Discuss the revision of some of the remaining assignments:
Demonstration - Creating a multimedia presentation
- Web site does not have to be uploaded to GeoCities. It must be printed
out and submitted to the instructor on a floppy disk.
- Only 2 lesson plans are necessary instead of 3 since you do not have to
use both your PowerPoint presentation and your Web site in your Unit.
- You may use technologies in your Unit such as Internet search engines
and other Web sites
- See the new online Teacher's Guide to Writing
Web Pages - pdf version
- The Multimedia Presentation assignment
- Use my Teacher's Guide to PowerPoint
- pdf version
You should develop your presentation by storyboarding the slides first
and then use PowerPoint to create them. This will lead to a more consistent
presentation and it will make your more efficient.
You may use the available templates in PowerPoint to easily create a
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. Typically a PowerPoint presentation
is 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
several 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. Animation 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. By the way, it is possible to create a hyperlink on
a PowerPoint slide that connects a student to a Web page in Netscape!
- 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.
- Online participation
- This is your last chance to participate online!
- Finish your online
course and submit the typed description of your experience.
- Finish your Web site,
print out the Web pages, & bring your web site folder on a floppy disk
to give to the instructor. If you can, upload your Web pages to your GeoCities
- Finish your Multimedia
Presentation, print out the slides, and bring the
PowerPoint file on a floppy disk.
- Finish your Instructional
Unit including the two - three required lesson plans. Bring the printed
lesson plans and handout.
- Send your INSYS 400 Self-evaluation
via email to email@example.com