Death by Power Point?

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 28, 2013

It is often suggested that too much learning that takes place is done through Power Point. It’s a case of sit down, look at this and learn. It’s repetitive, unengaging in many cases and really boring if used all the time. Yes Power Point is a great resource for learning. It can be a good way to display pictures, information or work in a visual way, but this isn’t the only way to do these things.

Many adults find Power Point overused and dull, yet often children are expected to use it as a learning tool frequently in the classroom. With this in mind I thought I would post a funny video to my blog to share the thoughts about death by Power Point.

My children know more about PowerPoint than me!

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Children's Learning | Posted on February 8, 2013

I’m sat playing around with PowerPoint hoping to create a decent PowerPoint presentation about The Arctic following on from today’s ICT session, and my 5 year old points to the laptop screen and tells me, ” We have that at my school!”  This is followed by my 8 year old then telling me exactly what to do to create the PowerPoint page his teacher uses for learning objectives and success criteria in his classroom!

Another example of young children being competent and confident in using ICT and also having the knowledge and capacity to explain to an adult how to use it! Although I was aware my children used ICT in school, I perhaps naively thought my 5 year old wouldn’t recognise PowerPoint at all, and I certainly didn’t think my 8 year old would be able to use it. It was actually quite interesting to have the discussion with my oldest child  about how this software has been used with him. I discovered he had never actually used the software himself, and had picked up all his knowledge from watching the teacher at school creating a presentation even though she wasn’t  actually explaining to the children what she was doing at the time.