PowerPoint Action Buttons

PowerPoint Action Buttons

Once again, my children have reassured me that prior to commencing this course, although living in a digital world, i was a complete 'digital immigrant'. I have sat back and watched them create PowerPoint after PowerPoint, that contain the use of action buttons and not once considered where they came from, or how they put them there. Siemens (2004) explains that when knowledge is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. This source (actually 3 sources) have been living under my roof and i had not plugged into it until tonight!

Internet4Classrooms provided me with easy to follow directions that explained how to make the addition of buttons into a PowerPoint.  These buttons allow the user to 'mouse click' or 'mouse over' in order to navigate back and forth within the slide show. 

The following link will direct you to a PowerPoint i have used in a prior post. http://www.mediafire.com/?ozznhqj2zwz I have included the use of buttons into the slides, however, it is not an actual 'quiz' and portrays an example of Internet4Classroom's (2000) 'common misconception'.  To cater for the specific needs of a quiz, it would just be a case of making additions to each slide that provides students with the opportunity to choose an answer, rather than have them displayed on each page. Regardless, i believe that this particular PowerPoint is an ideal introduction to using buttons in a slide show and would be an appropriate tool to use in the learning environment.       

I have to agree with my fellow colleges, Melissa and Natalie, that ClassMarker would be a more appropriate quiz to use in the classroom. PowerPoint may possibly have a higher engagement factor, however, ClassMarker provides the opportunity for learning managers to view instant results and which questions students struggled with along the way.

Until next time,

Brooks, S., & Byles, B. (2000). PowerPoint: Using Buttons on a Slide Show. Retrieved August 17, 2009, from Internet4Classrooms:

Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved July 19, 2009, from 
http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.html .


  1. Hi Kerri,

    Classmarker would definately be a great addition to the classroom and has the benefit of providing all of the appropriat feeback. However I feel that a quiz in a powerpoint provides the graphical element that today's digital students seem to thrive on. I realise that they take longer to construct, and perhaps would be perfect for students to develop
    one of these quizzes to use as a peer assessment piece.


  2. Hi Kerri and Kellie,
    Through my experiences with quizzes I have concluded that for ease of use and time elements ClassMarker is a more efficient program however I have to agree with Kellie that it does lack that creative flair. While I found using PowerPoint to create my quiz a little confusing, no doubt todays learners would find this program quite user friendly.