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The Power of Interactive PowerPoint Presented by Tracey McGrath and Kim Adair, School District of
The Power of Interactive PowerPoint Presented by Tracey McGrath and Kim Adair, School District of
The Power of Interactive PowerPoint
Presented by Tracey McGrath and Kim Adair, School District of Philadelphia

In this age of technology, as teachers we are always searching for innovative ideas to motivate our students. Using interactive PowerPoint in our classrooms has challenged the minds of our older students and brought learning to a new dimension. We taught our 7 th and 8 th grade students how to create simple interactive PowerPoint, which they designed to use with our Kindergarten and 1 st grade students. After learning the basics, some of our students moved on to create more advanced games, which were modeled after game shows such as, Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and classic board games. This article will describe the steps that you can use to get your students started on creating Interactive PowerPoint.

Basic PowerPoint Quiz

In this section, you will learn how to create a simple 10 question multiple-choice quiz. Let’s create a PowerPoint based on single digit addition sums to 20.

Creating the slides

1. Open a new PowerPoint document. Create a title slide.

2. Click on the new slide icon and create a direction slide. Students may want to revisit this after they have completed their question and answer slides.

3. Click on the new slide icon. Choose the bulleted list lay out. In the title box type a question. Ex. What is 5 + 7? In the text box type in three answer choices. Students should be reminded to randomly locate the correct answer on each slide.

4. Repeat step 3 until the student has created 10 question slides.

5. Click on the new slide icon and choose a blank lay out slide. Students should use a combination of textboxes and graphics to create a Correct answer slide. At the bottom of this slide they will be adding an action button to link it to the next question. Linking will be explained in steps 10-16.

6. At this point students should duplicate the correct slide 10 times by choosing Insert then duplicate or by coping and pasting the slide 9 times.

7. In slide sorter, students should click and drag a Correct slide after each of the 10 questions.

8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 to create Incorrect slides for each question.

9. Students can also create one Incorrect Slide and then create an action setting that links to the ‘last slide viewed.’

10. Finally, create a new slide using a blank layout to show that the game has ended.

Linking Slides

Now that students have created all of their slides they need to make the PowerPoint interactive by creating links and action buttons.

11. On the title slide, students should create an action button to get the game started. On the drawing toolbar, choose the autoshapes button and select action buttons. Click on the next button and draw the button on the

buttons. Click on the next button and draw the button on the bottom of the slide.

bottom of the slide.

12. In the action settings window choose next slide. This will take the user to the direction slide.

next slide. This will take the user to the direction slide. 13. Repeat steps 10 and
next slide. This will take the user to the direction slide. 13. Repeat steps 10 and

13. Repeat steps 10 and 11 to create the same action button on the direction slide.

14. On the first question slide the students, will need to hyperlink each of the answer choices to either the correct or incorrect slide. Refer to the slide sorter to check the number of the correct and incorrect slides that you wish to link. Highlight the first

answer choice. In the menu bar choose Insert

window click on the document tab. Then click locate. Select the correct or incorrect slide that corresponds with the question. Then click OK.

slide that corresponds with the question. Then click OK. Hyperlink. In the hyperlink settings 15. Repeat

Hyperlink. In the hyperlink settings

15. Repeat step 13 for each of the answer choices until all answers have been linked.

16. Repeat step 13 for each of the answer choices until all answers have been linked.

17. All “correct” slides should be linked to the next question. All “incorrect” slides should be linked back to the original question slide or the ‘last slide viewed’ if only one incorrect slide has been created so that person running the PowerPoint will always meet with success.

Once you and /or your students have master the concept of linking and using action settings. Then you are ready to create more complex games such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and game board style games.