Day 2 Goals

  • Puppy Dog Show -
    • PowerPoint Portfolio
      • Presidents of the United States PowerPoint
      • Famous Black Americans
  • Understanding PBL - Project Based Learning
  • Color Blindness
  • Adding Sounds
    • From the Gallery
    • From a File
  • Adding Animations
    • To Text
    • To Graphics
      • With Sounds
      • With Timer
  • Adding Transitions
      • With Sounds
      • With Timers
  • Adding Music
    • From the Gallery
    • From a CD
  • Adding Action Buttons
  • Time to Work on your project

Getting Started with PowerPoint in the Classroom:

PowerPoint Presentation on Color Blindness :

Project Based Learning

Instructional Module - Project Based Learning

Why is Project Based Learning Important?
Project-based learning helps students develop skills for living in a knowledge-based, highly technological society. The old-school model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare students to survive in today's world. Solving highly complex problems requires that students have both fundamental skills (reading, writing, and math) and Digital Age skills (teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesizing, utilizing high-tech tools). With this combination of skills students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled teacher.


What is Project Based Learning?

Project-based learning is curriculum fueled and standards based.
Project-based learning addresses the required content standards. With project-based learning, the inquiry process starts with a guiding question and lends itself to collaborative projects that integrate various subjects within the curriculum. Questions are asked that direct students to encounter the major elements and principles of a discipline.

Project-based learning asks a question or poses a problem that each student can answer.
With project-based learning the teacher or the students pose a guiding question: What happens at night? What do nocturnal animals do while we're sleeping? What is cystic fibrosis and how is it caused? What would happen if our class formed a business with a real product and started selling stock? What does a high school look like in the year 2050? (These questions are the basis for projects you'll see in GLEF's articles and video segments.)
Recognizing that children have different learning styles, learning through projects allows the students to delve into the content in a more direct and meaningful way.
Concrete, hands-on experiences come together during project-based learning. Field trips, experiments, model building, posters, and the creation of multimedia presentations are all viable activities within project-based learning and present multiple ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge ... there is no one right answer!

Project-based learning asks students to investigate issues and topics addressing real-world problems while integrating subjects across the curriculum.
By creating bridges between subjects, students view knowledge holistically, rather than looking at isolated facts. Sylvia Chard says that the project approach is an "in-depth investigation of a real-world topic worthy of children's attention and effort."

Project-based learning is a method that fosters abstract, intellectual tasks to explore complex issues.
It promotes understanding, which is true knowledge. Students explore, make judgments, interpret, and synthesize information in meaningful ways. It is more representative of how adults are asked to learn and demonstrate knowledge.


How Does Project Based Learning Work?

Project-based learning, as with all lessons, requires much preparation and planning.
It begins with an idea and an "Essential question" (, © Jamie McKenzie). When designing the project and the Essential question that will launch the activities, it is essential that one remember that many content standards will be addressed. With these standards in mind, devise a plan that will integrate as many subjects as possible into the project. Have in mind what materials and resources will be accessible to the students to assist them. Next, students will need to be given assistance in managing their time -- a definite life skill. Finally, have multiple means for assessing your students' completion of the project. Did the students master the content? Were they able to apply their new knowledge and skills? Many educators involve their students in developing these rubrics.

Steps for Project-Based Learning

a. Essential Question
b. Plan
c. Schedule
d. Monitor
e. Assess
f. Evaluate

The question that will launch a project-based learning lesson must be one that will engage the students. It is greater than the task at hand. It is open-ended. It will pose a problem or a situation that the students can tackle knowing that there is no ONE answer or solution. Take a real-world topic and begin an in-depth investigation. Base your question on a situation or topic that is authentic. What is happening in your classroom? In your community? Make it one that students can feel that they are making an impact by answering the question or solving the problem. Make it relevant for your students. The question should be a "NOW" question -- a question that has meaning for the students in their lives at this moment in time.


Project Based Learning - Learning in Action:

Introducing Project Based Learning :

Just for Fun

Who Want's to be a Millionaire? is a great resource. Here you will find PowerPoint templates of game shows to download for use in your classrooms. These were created by Mark E. Damon.

  • Adding Sounds and Music
  • Open the slide that will house the sound.
    • From the Gallery
      • Insert > Movies and Sounds > Sound from Clip Organizer
      • Use the Gallery Search to find the sound. Double click on the sound to add it to the page.
      • Return to your PowerPoint Slide and move the "horn" icon off of the center of your screen to ANY PLACE ELSE.
      • Answer the question of when do you want the sound to start.
      • This is where we will have to stop and talk about how to use the Custom Animations and Action Settings. I'm writing this from a Windows XP addition and I'm sure the directions will be different.
    • From a File
      • Insert > Movies and Sounds > Sound from File
        • Now you are on your own. You need to find where on your computer you have saved the sound that you want to use. This sound could be on the C Drive, a floppy disk, a CD Rom, or stored in a download file from an online source. Sounds that are imported into the Windows version of PowerPoint should be in ".wav" formate. The Macitosh version can accept many sound formats.

    Putting sounds in the Windows version of PowerPoint can be very tricky. The problem is with the difference of "Embedding" or "Linking" to the sound file. To solve most problems I suggest that you just do the following:

    • Tools > Options
      • Select the General Tab
      • Change Link sounds with file size greater than (set this number to 50,000)

    By changing this number, any sound files smaller than 5M will be embedded in your presentation. Larger sound files will be linked to your presentation. I found this to solve MOST of my sound problems.

  • Music from a CD
    • Insert > Play CD Audio Track
    • Select Play options
    • Play CD audio track - This can be tricky.
    • Set Exactly where to start Track and Time
      • When you select the track, it automatically sets itself for 00:00 - to start at the very beginning.
    • Set exactly where to finish Track and Time
      • When you select the track, it automatically sets itself for the end of the track - to stop at the end of the song.
    • Remember to set the music to play past X number of slides.
    • Slide Show > Animations > Custom Animations >
          • Effects
          • Order and Timing
          • Options
    • Remember to Slide Show > Set the Show > Loop.
  • Practice Adding Sounds and Music to your presentation.

  • Adding Animations to Text or Graphics
  • Use these carefully. They can add so much punch to a presentation. They can also become distracting to viewers.
    • Slide Show > Custom Animations
    • Look at the listing of the objects on the slide. Usually on the left hand side of the screen.
    • Select the object that you wish to animate.
    • Select the Effects tab and set the Pull-Down menus.
      • Select the entery information
        • Set the Action - Fly, Crawl, Bars, etc.
          • Location - From Left, Right, Top, Bottom
        • Set a Sound
  • With Timers
    • Select the Order and Timings tab
      • In the Animation Order box, adjust the order of items to reflect what you want to happen first, second, etc. Use the UP and DOWN arrows to do this.
      • Now, select one of the items in the box by clicking on it.
        • Look at the Start Animation box.
          • Should this item start when you click on the mouse? If yes, check that box.
          • Should this item have an automatic start? If yes, check that box.
          • Now, set the number of seconds after the previous events. If you want this action to be the first thing that happens, select 0, and make sure it is the first item in your list.
  • Practice Adding Animations to your presentations.

  • Adding Transitions
  • This is so very simple. It can give a presentation a very polished look.
  • Slide Show >Slide Transitions
    • Select the effect
    • Select the speed
    • Advance
      • Select on Mouse Click or
      • Automatically After
        • Set the number of seconds until the slide transitions to the next slide.
      • If desired, select a sound.
    • If you want this transition for just the slide for which you are working, select APPLY.
    • If you want this transition for EVERY SLIDE in your presentation, select APPLY TO ALL.
  • Practice adding transitions to your presentation.

  • Adding Action Buttons
  • Action buttons are used to connect to other slides, URLs, run other programs, give information, etc. The most common Action Button to use is the Custom Button. That is the button we will learn today.
    • Slide Show > Action Button > Custom
    • Draw the button on your slide. Remember, you can move the button to another location on the card at another time.
    • Select Mouse Click or Mouse Over
    • Select and Action
      • None
      • Hyperlink
      • Run Program
      • Run Macro
      • Object Action
      • Play Sound
    • We will select Hyperlink. This is the most common button to use.
      • From the Pull Down menu, select Slide...
      • Now, select the slide for the transition.
      • Click OK
      • Click OK on the next menu.
      • Now, go to Slide Show > View Show
        • Test your button.
      • Each Custom Animation button leads to an easy to follow Set Up menu. If you wish to add a movie to a PowerPoint project in a Windows environment, you should use the MOVIE button.
  • Practice adding an Action Button to your slides.

Time to Work on your project - Make your Title Slide, Menu Slide, and start creating your information slides.



Organize the information you need for your credits slide. Your Credit slide should have a link to your school's Website, Your class site if you have one, and the County Web Site.