Unit Topic: Colonial Australia
Curriculum Link: English
Stage: Two, Year Four
Lesson Number: Five
Lesson Topic: Learning to use PowerPoint
Timing: 1 hour
Lesson Outcomes:
TS2.1 – Communicates in informal and formal classroom activities in school and social situations for and increasing range of purposes on a variety of topics across the curriculum
· Listens to directions on how to create a PowerPoint
· Discusses and reflects upon their own work and the work of their peers
· Offers opinion about particular aspects of a PowerPoint, eg colour
WS2.12 – Uses joint letters when writing in NSW Foundation Style and demonstrates basic desktop publishing skills on the computer
· Selects and inserts graphic or illustrations to enhance text meaning
· Changes appearance of text
· Investigates other forms of publishing, eg slide shows
· Students create a basic PowerPoint
* Interactive Whiteboard
* 1 computer per student in the computer lab
* 1 PowerPoint worksheet per student
* 1 USB drive
* ‘Example Presentation’ PowerPoint by The Pixel House.
Lesson Aims:
This lesson is to scaffold students on how to create a multimodal PowerPoint, with an emphasis on incorporating text, images and sound. This lesson will provide students with skills on the use of PowerPoint and the construction of an effective slideshow. This will build competency levels so that students can create a multimodal PowerPoint based on the Colonisation period in Australia.
Lesson Outline

Introduction: (5 mins)
The Teacher…

1. Have students seated at their computer but facing the front of the room. On the overhead projector play ‘Example Presentation’. Tell them while watching this presentation to take note of not the content but instead some of the PowerPoint techniques that are used.

2. Once students have watched it through Ask What are some of the different techniques or features of this PowerPoint? (Text, images, sound etc) What are the effect and/or purpose of these? (To inform? To entertain? To engage? Etc)

3. Play the PowerPoint through again, this time pointing out the features they have just noticed.
The Students…

1. Watch the PowerPoint, concentrating on identifying the techniques used.

2. Students discuss some of these techniques and their effect and/or purpose.

3. Students watch through PowerPoint again. Identifying the purpose of various techniques.
Body: (45 mins)
The Teacher…

1. Open PowerPoint on the Interactive Whiteboard. Go through all of the main features, and at the same time making a sample PowerPoint, for example; adding and moving a heading, adding text, changing the text, changing the background, adding a theme, how to insert images, how to record and insert sound, changing the layout and add transitions.

2. Leave the sample PowerPoint on the whiteboard and ask students to come up and add/change something (eg. add some text, add an image from clip art, change the heading, record a sound etc). Do this until all the students have come up and had a turn.

3. Put the PowerPoint worksheet (see Appendix 1) on the overactive whiteboard. Go through worksheet with the class so that all students understand how to complete the task.

4. Ask students to open PowerPoint on the computer in front of them. Hand out the PowerPoint worksheet and ask students to work through the steps to create their own PowerPoint.

5. Walk around the labs assisting students who need it.

6. As students complete task ask them to raise their hand then walk around to their computer. Copy the 3 slides they have made and paste them into one communal PowerPoint. Save it onto the USB drive then go to the next student’s computer and add in their 3 slides. By the time everyone is finished you should have copy and pasted in all their slides into the one PowerPoint and have it saved on the USB.
The Students…

1. Listen to some of the different features used when making a PowerPoint. Watch how to put them in and change them.

2. Students come forward and contribute to the formation of a class PowerPoint on the interactive whiteboard.

3. Students listen to instructions on the next task.

4. Students complete PowerPoint activity individually, seeking assistance from the teacher if needed.

5. Students notify teacher when they have completed their PowerPoint worksheet.
Conclusion: (10 mins)
The Teacher…

1. Plug the USB drive back into the interactive whiteboard and open the communal PowerPoint. Play through the PowerPoint displaying all the student’s slides.

2. Once the PowerPoint has played through ask the class – What slides did you really like? Why/what makes them interesting? Did anyone add anything exciting that you would like to know how to add? (If so ask student to come forward and demonstrate to the class).

3. Explain to students that they will be creating a PowerPoint like this as their multimodal text on Colonisation and they will be adding in artwork, a voice over and their literary recounts. Ask What kind of colours or themes do you think you would use for a slideshow based on Colonisation? What kind of transitions and sounds? What types of images?
The Students…

1. Students watch each others completed PowerPoints.

2. Students evaluate their peers PowerPoints, and teach each other any desirable techniques.

3. Students think about and discuss their multimodal text, and how some of the PowerPoint skills they have learnt in this lesson will assist them in producing their multimodal text.
· Were students engaged in activities?
· Could students successfully edit the PowerPoint on the interactive white board?
· Did students complete the PowerPoint task competently?
· Were student’s able to discuss and evaluate the work of their peers?
· Did any students already have some experiencing making a PowerPoint? Did this assist them during this lesson?
· Which aspects of the lesson were the most successful? Which aspects needed improvement?


The Pixel House (2009). Example Presentation. Retrieved September 30, 2010 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSuQQgiimy8&feature=related