Friday, March 29, 2013

Chapter 9 Creating and Sharing Information with Multimedia Technologies

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Focus Question: How can teachers create PowerPoint presentations for maximum teaching potential and learning impact? 

  • Multimedia technologies offer ways for teachers to incorporate dynamic information presentation experiences into classroom teaching and learning. 
  • PowerPoint, one of the most widely used computer applications in the world , is a way for teachers and students to present information in visually engaging ways.
  • The use of PowerPoint has been criticize for oversimplifying complex material and creating uninteresting presentations. 
  • Using PowerPoint effectively requires teachers to pay attention to two information presentation design principles, the first being to stress active participation rather than passive viewing by students, and the second to inquire who the audience is and what the audience should leave knowing or remembering. 

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PowerPoint presentations are becoming the easiest way to teach valuable information the students will remember. It is a short easy way to get the information across to not only students, but an audience without losing their focus. There are millions of copies of PowerPoint in circulation, and the tools are widely used in schools (Maloy, 2010, p. 245). It is hard to keep students focus with a lengthy set of information because they are going to lose interest to things that drag on. When teachers create a PowerPoint they can add videos, music, colors, themes, designs, ect, to keep the information visual appealing to students. Also teachers should make sure the PowerPoint has information presentation design. Which means the arrangement of written and pictorial information so that its intended audiences can easily and clearly understand it (Maloy, 2010, p. 247). Teachers should realize that they need to create fun lesson plans for students because when a student’s engages in what they are learning they will remember it. Most schools are starting to get active boards in the classroom, and that is what most PowerPoint presentation would be shown on. As stated in chapter one active boards are the new way to present information from a teachers computer to the entire class. 

If teachers are having trouble creating media rich lesson plans I would recommend that they use the website above. This website is a video resource for teachers featuring lesson plans written by teachers (Maloy, 2010, p. 252). The website is very easy to navigate and is straight to the point. Once you are on the website there will be a tab that says "Lesson Plan Database", click on it. Then it will give you different school subjects to pick from. Whichever subject you pick there will be many databases to choose from that can help create video rich lesson plans. We have to keep the students interested and focused on learning, so I highly recommend looking through this page for lesson plan ideas.  

Summary & Connection: 

The chapter this week has been a reinforcement of the PowerPoint presentation that I have recently have done. Always make sure that when creating PowerPoint that they are short and simple. Once you lose the students attention it will be difficult for them to actually retain what is being taught. Remember students will pay attention to anything that is visual appealing to them. Classroom should start to have multimedia learning. Multimedia learning happens when teachers combine spoken words with visuals or written text with audio or utilize simulations and models (Maloy, 2010, p. 243). It is proven that students learn better with a multimedia classroom, than if they did not have any technology in the class. Videos are another great way to get information to students because a teacher can pause and rewind when someone does not understand, or needs the information. Teachers could also make or find a video presentation that comes with questions after every section. Then the teacher can pause the video and have the students answer the questions, than play it so they find out the answers. Or the teacher can just have the students answer questions and turn them in for a grade to ensure they were paying attention. There is also a technology called a podcast. With podcast teachers make new opportunities to learn academic material outside the classroom by hearing new opportunities to learn academic material outside the classroom by hearing or viewing lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and summaries (Maloy, 2010, p.272). 

This video is a short example of how to create a Podcast.

This video is a short video on how to create a PowerPoint. 


Maloy, R. W., Verock-O, R. E., Edwards, S. A., & Woolf, B. P. (2010).Transforming learning with new technologies. Allyn & Bacon.


  1. Multimedia is definitely a vital (and often, untapped) educational tool - not only for sharing information and content, but also for allowing students to interact with content and even in creating their own multimedia providing an assessment tool beyond the norm! :) PowerPoint or some similar presentation tool will always have a place, but I'm beginning to see it be transformed beyond the usual! :)

  2. Yes I have seen it a lot lately in the school I am volunteering in.