- Understanding that words and pictures convey information.
- Knowing that text and pictures may be entered into the computer and printed out.
- Keyboard familiarity and techniques: choice of size and font.
The children were introduced to PowerPoint. They planned their work, created slides inserting text and pictures (from clipart, the Internet and the scanner). They created links between the slides, and refined and improved their work.
Pupils were told that their work would be displayed during Parents Evening. They had to think carefully about their audience, deciding on what information to include. Later, they wrote evaluations of their work. The PowerPoint presentations were shown to the rest of the class, who gave feedback.
Level 3 attainment
Lucy and Katie produced a draft plan of their presentation on electricity. They found using PowerPoint similar to using Word and were keen to insert images from the Internet and clip art. I found that their ICT skills were higher than their literacy ability, as spelling and grammar errors were evident.
Lucy and Katie animated their slides effectively and were keen to work on their presentation. Their evaluation shows that they used their planning. They were pleased with their finished presentation and enjoyed showing their work to the class.
The fact sheet written on PowerPoint is very basic. Lucy and Katie found this task quite difficult, and I do not feel it truly reflects their knowledge of the program. The work reflects Level 3. They have used a multimedia authoring package to assemble images, sound and text in a multimedia page. They have also used ICT to develop ideas and solve problems.
Lucy and Katie's evaluation:
We wrote about electricity on four slides. We looked at electricity, things that need electricity and uses of electricity.
The plan was useful because if we did not have a plan we would not be finished by now. Once we had finished our PowerPoint presentation we realised that we could have planned in more detail. They helped us a lot because if we did not have them we would be stuck. We made some changes to make it better. We changed some spellings and made some animate automatically.
We found it quite easy to use PowerPoint, but it was hard to get a picture or insert clipart. We liked the program as it was quite easy to use and we would like to use it again - as it was fun! We felt quite happy with ourselves and pleased when we did our presentation to the class.
Approaching Level 4
Ellen and Beth produced a draft plan of their presentation. They spent a lot of time creating a timeline, with key dates in ancient history. Ellen and Beth were competent in using PowerPoint and liked the fact that the program had many similarities to Word. They used the Internet, scanner and clip art to obtain images which they inserted confidently. They explored how animation could add excitement and interest to their presentation.
The pupils used a multimedia authoring program to organise, refine and present a set of multimedia pages, which incorporate images, sounds and text. Their evaluation and fact sheet (written after the children had completed their presentation) was detailed. They stated that their plans were helpful, and that they did make changes. They did not comment on their great difficulty with the timeline - they had struggled to fit in all the information and the dates. However, they independently solved the problem by removing the line.
The pupils have successfully combined information from various sources.To attain Level 4, they need further opportunities to refine their work. They also need encouragement to question the plausibility of the information they have used.
Ellen and Beth 's evaluation:
- The theme of our presentation was 'The Ancient Greeks'.
- We have learnt about the Ancient Greeks, the ancient time line, where Greece is in the world, the Olympic games and Greek vases.
- We used are plans to help us, they came in very handy. Yes we did make changes to our work as we used the program.
- We found the program hard to use at first but after a while it became easier.
- We liked the program because it was very interesting. We liked animating our words and pictures.
- We felt fine when our presentation was complete. No one made any comments about our presentation as they all liked it! We are really proud with our presentation. We felt a bit nervous when we showed our presentation to the class.
- Yes we would like to use PowerPoint again because it was easy to use and it is great fun!!!
Level 4 attainment
Caroline and Joe planned their work beforehand, then refined their work further. They produced well-presented, animated slides that held the viewer's attention. The information was well researched and included points of interest. Caroline and Joe had no problem working the program and were enthusiastic about exploring the features, especially the animation! They were the first two children to scan an image and were very intent on refining their work, to make the best presentation they could.
Caroline and Joe's evaluation:
- Title and theme:The Ancient Greeks is the title and the theme is class work on Greek civilization.
- We changed the plan and idea around a bit becuase we had a bit of a problem scanning a Greek alphabet worksheet onto Powerpoint. Our plans helpd us with the first two pages but we made the rest of the Powerpoint presentation from scratch.
- We liked the custom animation because you can make things appear onto the page in a different way than usual.We disliked the scanning process on PowerPoint. The easiest function to use was the slide show. We really like the program and finding new things out step by step. We have learnt how to choose different backgrounds which was good fun, how to get the words doing different effects (dissolving, laser ect) and get them to do peculiar things coming out of brilliant directions.
- We felt a bit embarrassed when we had to stand up to all of the class. We felt pleased that we had finally finished and that we had good comments.
- We would like to use the program again but on a different subject and out of school as well so we could do whatever want on it
The children used a multimedia package to:
- organise, refine and present a set of linked multimedia pages, which incorporate images, sounds and text
- create pages which offer users a variety of options
- present information that matches the needs of the audience.
Their evaluation was well presented and provided an insight into their understanding. They described how they 'found things out step by step' and how they were pleased with their finished work. Their fact sheet showed the children had a good level of knowledge in relation to the program. They have attained Level 4, by combining and refining information from various sources . interpreting and questioning plausibility of information.