5 PowerPoint Projects That Aren't Presentations
It can be so easy to fall into the rut of just having your students create PowerPoint presentations because, let's face it, we do it all the time, so it must be easy. But, it's not easy and often the end results are just plain BAD! Because really, who can suffer through another slide show where every other slide transitions with a folding origami crane...not cool PPT designers, not cool. So, if you want to use PowerPoint, but you don’t want to sit through bad presentations, here are five project ideas that are NOT presentations.
There are lots of ways you can use PowerPoint, but when you are in a hurry or have to come up with a product idea quickly, here are five things you can do, using your students' skills with PowerPoint, without actually having to listen to presentations. While you could have them present using these ideas, it will definitely be better than listening to 25 students read directly from the screen!
I did not believe that there was an easier citation tool than easybib. It was my go to citation generator in college, graduate school, as an ILA teacher and as a librarian...and it failed me this school year.
The ads were distracting to my middle school students, the pop-up videos were a hindrance to the work we had to accomplish in a 50 minute class period; and I could see the mounting frustration in my students' faces as they ran into roadblock after roadblock trying to use what I kept telling them was the best option out there. But, boy was I wrong!
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Quick and Easy MLA and APA Citations
It is not a myth my friends. The new tool I found really is all that and a bag of chips! It has truly changed my students outlook on having to complete a works cited page or bibliography.
I and my students are officially hooked on a free citation tool called mybib.com. This is a FREE, no advertising sidebar, pop-up absent, MLA and APA citation generator for students.
If you want to read more about how my students are taking notes for research, or just need a place for students to apply their use of mybib.com, check out this posting about Teaching Research in the Middle School Classroom.
Disclaimer: I am in no way sponsored by this resource, nor am I paid in anyway to promote it. These thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
Engaging Students with Social Media Templates
The end of the school year signals many of the great things about being a teacher: time off during the summer to read and re-charge, more time with family, the pool/beach/mountains, etc.
But, it also brings on the stress that also accompanies the end of the year: getting back all the library books, cleaning up your classroom/office, getting final grades done, last minute PD crammed in when all you want to do is be in your room packing up, scheduling and so many more that it almost makes me sad that my list of stress-ors is longer than the positives…yikes!
One thing that you don’t want to stress about is end of the year projects. Because it is this span of time, after state testing, that many teachers want to work in the library and do the projects that they “can’t do” before testing…but I digress and that is for a whole different blog posting!
One of the ways you can reduce stress and reign in some of the child distraction is by meeting them where they live, on social media. You can do this by using social media templates which allow students to create social media postings in a safe and secure place. This is not a new concept, but with some of the online tools available you have to have devices and internet access, as well as email addresses for accounts and more. Each of these can be a hindrance to using an online tool.
You have limited access to computers, you say? Well then just print them out and have students draw and write in the information instead.
Not only was this a great tool for this assignment, but imagine the potential for all the ways students could use the social media templates to create faux Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts. The classroom teacher was amazed by how well this all worked out and is now looking for other ways to co-plan projects in the library. A win-win all around!
How do you use social media in the classroom?
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Hi! I'm Sarah, a school librarian and former middle school English teacher. I empower school librarians to use branding and marketing skills in order to build culture, get visible and advocate for their library.