PowerPoint is a graphical approach to any presentation in the form of a slide show. When used in the correct context it has been known to be one of the most powerful tools for disseminating information that has ever been known (Teach-nology, 2007). From a learning managers point of view, this program, when used with explicit pedagogy skills, could be a wonderful tool for learning in both a student and teacher-directed perspective.
PowerPoint allows users to create presentations that can accommodate all learners needs. Howard Gardner (1983) has identified seven distinct intelligences that may be apparent in any given classroom. These include visual, kinesthetic and auditory. Gardner suggests that the broad spectrum of learners would be better served if disciplines could be presented in a number of ways and learning could be assessed through a variety of means. PowerPoint provides opportunities for lessons to be designed that can assist learning development for each of these learners styles and needs.
I have explored PowerPoint quite a bit in the past, with the help of my own three children. However, the tutorial provided on http://www.actden.com/pp/ gave me an up to date and detailed view of the capabilities that are available including editing, adding custom animations and sound and arranging slides into order.
I believe at times we underestimate the knowledge and skills that our children/students have tucked away. The following PowerPoint was created by my youngest son last year, when he was in year 4. We sat together for just a short time while he prepared it for a school project and I was blown away by how confident and creative he was. This is a prime example of how incorporating the use of ICT's, including PowerPoint, can support and enhance learning regardless of location.
With just a few minor alterations, i would happily use this PowerPoint in my own classroom to provide students with the intended knowledge, therefore, applying Siemens (2004) 'personal to network to organisation' theory that sits within connectivism.