"My thinking for the process was that I had to really break it down into chunks for them. So I came up with the idea of a flip book, and to make a slide show so that each flap in the flip book would be one slide in a slide show. That would be an easy transfer for them so they would know exactly what to do: Flip each page and do the next slide of the PowerPoint." Char Soucy
The flip book simplifies making the slide show: each page of the book is a slide. Children create an image of the animal with the drawing program, using shape tools to draw the outline - an opportunity to practice math concepts and vocabulary such as oval. They import the picture and enter text in the template. Char makes printouts of each student's text to help them with editing their work.
"The PowerPoints are all edited now by the students. I cut and pasted their slide show onto one paper for each kid to edit. It's funny how they can find errors when they don't know it's their own work! Then we went back to the lab to edit." Char Soucy
Char compiles the class slide show, saves it as a read-only file to protect it, and makes copies for families. A PowerPoint viewer is included on the CD ROM so that students need not have PowerPoint to view it.
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