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,
Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved July 19, 2009, from