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Introduction To PowerPoint

Richard Ponton


Students will create a three to five slide PowerPoint presentation introducing themselves to the rest of the class and the teacher. This lesson will walk students slowly through PowerPoint, from login to saving the project uniformly.


-One PC per student, with Office 97 or newer
-One one-page handout -Beginning PowerPoint-
-One Television Monitor, if shown to class


Reserve computer lab for three days, consecutively, preferred.
Copy one-page handout, -Beginning PowerPoint-. See attached.
Connect one PC to a large monitor, 27- or larger preferred.


The computer is an instant motivator for ESOL students. Prior to going to the computer lab, familiarize students with needed basic parts of the computer (mouse, keyboard, A: drive), keyboard commands (click, enter, shift backspace, delete), and PC vocabulary (insert, save as, format)
Lesson Activities:
1. Introduce computers as aforementioned.
2. Ask a variety of questions to students. Use a numbered heads discussion group. (Students are in groups of four. Each group ahs a name or number. Each student has a number 1-4. Ask a question. Students have x minutes to discuss in their groups. Then, teacher selects one group and one number)
3. Pass out one-page handout to all students (attached at the end)
4. Do #s 1-13 one time while students are watching. Use video monitor for students to see, if possible.
5. Students then go to their individual computers and begin working individually. They may ask for help from other students or teachers or tutors.
Questioning Strategies (Higher Order Thinking Skills): At least one question for each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy
1. Can your group name three parts of the computer? I - knowledge
2. What are the names of these in your languages? II - comprehension
3. Can you rephrase what I just did? II - comprehension
4. How would you insert a picture into a slide? III – application
5. How can you use PowerPoint in other classes? III – application
6. Compare with a Venn Diagram a presentation with and without a PowerPoint. IV – analysis
7. What are the different parts of speech in the sentence you wrote? IV – analysis
8. How can you change the design of your slide? V - synthesis
9. What picture or image do you imagine with x slide? V – synthesis
10. After seeing each persons’ presentations, how would you evaluate them? VI – evaluation
11. What is your general opinion of PowerPoint? VI - evaluation


See attached PowerPoint Rubric


See one-page handout, attached, Beginning PowerPoint - followup
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