Use PowerPoint as a way to provide information or as a method for demonstrating knowledge, either way, it can be a very powerful program.
Using PowerPoint to develop books is a wonderful approach that is perfect on any teacher's budget!! Buy a mic and make it into a talking PowerPoint! For younger students this is a great method for providing information, for older students it is a great way to have them demonstrate their knowledge. It is an ageless approach in any educational setting.
For students with severe disabilities, teachers can design presentation books for supporting the concept of cause and effect using switch access. For some students you could use PowerPoint Stories to reinforce concepts being learned or for presenting social stories. Use PowerPoint to read books to students to reinforce the reading process or have students develop their own talking PowerPoint presentations as a report format or to make storybooks for younger students.
Create the slides as you always do and just add sound. When viewed, the slides become pages in a book with the added special feature of sound. Creating the Talking Books can be an individual or group project in or for your class. Any age level can write a book centered on curriculum material and shared with other groups.
- Call Scottland has a wonderful Pdf grid which provides A Guide to Picture and Symbol Sets for Communication which would be a great resource for PowerPoints also!
- PowerPoint in the classroom from the "Electric Teacher" site
- Classroom Resources from Education World
- Elementary PowerPoint Presentations (Take these and add some sound to them!)
- More PowerPoint Games
Have fun. It is amazing what one can do with the small price of a computer microphone.