Learning and Teaching February 2011
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When people put every word they are going to say on their PowerPoint slides this can be very distracting. This is compounded if the presenter quotes verbatim of the screen. Although this reduces the need for you to memorise your talk, it will make your slides very crowded uninteresting and boring. More than likely you will loose your audience attention and they will start looking at their watches and think OMG we have got another 40 minutes of this, I wish I was back in the classroom.
Using the wrong colour combinations can be detrimental to your presentation
Never mind what your front room looks like at home, you do not need to re-create it in the classroom
A light background with a dark text
A dark background with a light text
What you see is not always
What you get
Using ICT in the classroom to promote engagement, reduce inappropriate behaviour and most importantly deliver quality Learning and Teaching
Visual stimulus to control noise levels
Everyone is able to work well
Keep it up!
TO RETURN TO GREEN
If we move to red
It is stopping us from learning
Using a wireless slate (approx’ £200)
Use ‘Snagit’ to capture screens
Freeze a movie
Capture the image
Create a PowerPoint or Movie
(approx £20.00 from RM.com)
Use ‘CrazyTalk’ animation software
(approx £28.00 softwareload.co.uk)
SlideServe is a free service which gives users the power to easily share and view PowerPoint presentations online. Ideal to use with your pupils so they can view an earlier presentation from your lesson and use it to work outside of the classroom, or if they have missed the lesson for some reason.
A fantastic online resource which allows users to contribute text, video or audio content to an online collaborative wall
Use Audacity to mix music tracks
Name the 2 artists
Wordle is a very useful tool that allows you to create word clouds from text
Here are some examples:
48 ways to use Wordle
VisuWords is a web-based visual dictionary and thesaurus tool. Search for words to look up their meanings and associations with other words in a visual interface. Can be very useful as a whole class teaching tool.
HTML to PDF Converter
Convert any web page to a pdf document
No need to download any application just click on:
The magic ‘B’ button
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