How to Teach Power Point to Children
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In the digital age of communications, employers rely less on traditional written reports such as veteran teachers and parents remember writing in school. Teachers give children an important asset by preparing them to the create digital, multimedia presentations for their future workplaces. From a young age, children can begin learning PowerPoint basics through simple presentations. Instead of an add-on to an already crowded curriculum, you can teach PowerPoint to children by integrating the technological presentation into existing study units.

1.  Select a subject from the units of study you will cover during the year. For example, in social studies the curriculum may call for a study of community; or you may plan a literature unit on "My Side of the Mountain." Reading Jean Craighead Georges survival classic provides the impetus to research falcons. Brainstorm ideas for related assignments that can be presented as a PowerPoint slideshow. A community field trip can provide the opportunity to take pictures and interview community helpers such as police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, waiters or store clerks.

 2.Demonstrate how to open a blank PowerPoint program and choose a background design from the "Themes" ribbon on the "Design" menu. Let the child follow suit and select a background for his slide show.

3.Instruct the child to fill in the title page with the name of her presentation and her own name as the author.

4.Tell the child to select the "Home" menu and click on the drop down arrow for "New Slides" on the "Slides" ribbon. Let him select a slide style for the second and each succeeding slides and click to add it to the presentation. Five to eight slides should keep things simple enough for the first project.

5. Scan any drawings or hard copy photos, charts or graphs. Transfer any digital pictures to the computer. Demonstrate how to insert pictures or clip art on the "Illustrations" ribbon of the "Insert" menu. Let the child insert the pictures of her topic such as community helper pictures taken on the field trip or photographs of falcons.

6. Instruct the child to write a brief paragraph describing the picture or one aspect of the topic. For example, each page can describe the job of a different community helper or one category of information about falcons such as physical characteristics, hunting behavior, diet, habitat, mating and reproductive habits. If desired, demonstrate how to add a voiceover by clicking on the "Sound" drop down on the "Media Clips" ribbon of the "Insert" menu and choosing "Record Sound." Let the child record himself singing, reading the text or narrating the slide show in his own voice. You can add prerecorded background music from digital music files on the same menu.

7. Prompt the child to click on the "Animations" menu and select the first slide from the outline on the left. Demonstrate the transition effects on the "Transition to This Slide" ribbon. Let the child choose a transition for each slide. On the far right of the ribbon, she can choose whether to advance each slide manually when the viewer clicks the mouse or automatically after a set amount of time.

 8. Ask the child to click on the "Slide Show" menu and "From Beginning" on the "Start Slideshow" ribbon to do a run through of the presentation and troubleshoot any timing or transition problems.

9. Save the slideshow and hold a presentation day to allow students to play their presentations for their classmates. Invite parents to the celebration. Share them with another class as a peer tutoring tool.