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Go Way Beyond Presentations: App-Smashing PowerPoint With Nearpod, Teams & Websites

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 26

Kim Lewis  
Learn innovative uses for PowerPoint. App-smashed with Weebly, PowerPoint becomes a powerful family communication tool. Smash PowerPoint with Nearpod to create engaging, interactive lessons. Create multimodal activities in PowerPoint, meeting every student where they are. Turn them into powerful learning tools you individualize by assigning through Microsoft Teams.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants should have Microsoft Office – PowerPoint loaded on devices when they put the session into practice. During the session they will not need any specific device or app to benefit from the session.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors: Common Sense Education , Nearpod , Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to expose participants to innovative uses for a classic program – PowerPoint – which many educators are already comfortable using. With a program platform that they already know, it is an efficient use of their time to apply it to meet the needs of new purposes: student and family communication, innovative format for student activities, and increased engagement in lessons. Tools and techniques presented are web based so they can be used across all platforms - Microsoft, Google, Mac- and all devices- laptops, Chromebooks, iPads and more.

Participants will able to do use PowerPoint to act as a communication tool through embedding in their website (Example in session: Weebly, free website creation platform; process also applies to Wix and other website platforms).

Participants will be able to use PowerPoint as the platform for student-centered activities delivered through an LMS (Example in session: Microsoft Teams Office 365 App; process also applies to Google Classroom with Google Slides and can be modified for use in other LMS such as Schoology, Edmodo, Canvas)

Participants will be able to initialize the creation of powerful, interactive lessons that start with a PowerPoint presentation as content slides and add activities throughout the lesson which spark creativity and collaboration and provide retrieval practice of knowledge, as well as development of depth in application of content (Example in session: Nearpod platform; process also applies to Pear Deck and PowerPoint Mix Add-On )

Models, Strategies and Description of Instructional Tools:
As a poster presentation, I will have three sets of printed posters on the backdrop and accessible through a OneDrive link to documents with the identical information and more. The sets of information will correspond to the following three innovative uses of PowerPoint. I will demonstrate the process for each use live in the session in brief mini lessons. Each mini lesson will cover one use. I will repeat these as people come and go, systematically cycling through all three or responding to participants requests at the booth.

Innovative use 1: I will share my process for using PowerPoint slides as “lesson agenda” in a hyperlinked shared document with view only rights and embedding them in my free website housed on Weebly. Projected in class as a guide for the day and edited as I adjust the lesson to student needs, this live document is accessible by a parent at any point and students who are absent from class or who want to refresh their memory of class. I embed other documents, video clip links, practice activities etc. as hyperlinks in the PowerPoint slide for each day.

Innovative use 2: Using TEAMS as my LMS for class, I distribute student activities which I create in PowerPoint. PowerPoint provides a stable, simple environment for me or students to add images and text without issues that Word documents create. This demonstration will include examples from my Spanish classes and narrated video clips in order to introduce how these activities function in both the teacher-facing and student-facing aspects of Teams

Innovative use 3: Nearpod (as well as other programs such as PearDeck and Office Mix) provide a platform for managing an interactive lesson digitally with activities used as formative assessments and student voice in collaboration mixed with the content slides. Using PowerPoint slide decks that educators have already created and used successfully, they can quickly transform their lesson to increase participation, engagement and learning. I will demonstrate this process live during the mini-lesson using Nearpod.

Evidence of Success: I will have numerous examples to share of successful implementation of these techniques in my current classroom setting (Spanish teacher for middle and high school classes).

Supporting research

“Limit Distraction and Improve Performance with Nearpod: Independent Research from Dakota University”!ApYnJNtCJcmCrSAzKm97SaalXM0f!ApYnJNtCJcmCrR4KQgWr2ZA6VkXc
“12 Ways Digital Tools Power Parent Engagement”
“Using Technololgy to Enhance Connections Between Home and School: A Research Synthesis”

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Kim Lewis, West Valley Central School

Kim loves sharing new strategies and technology with teachers through workshops and webinars with NYS Teachers’ Resource Centers, NYPTI (New York Partners for Technology Innovation) and NYSCATE (NYS Association for Computer and Technology Education). She is a Professional Learning Facilitator for LearnZillion; a Nearpod Certified Educator, Trainer and PioNear; Microsoft Certified Educator, MIE Expert and Trainer; a Common Sense Educator Ambassador; Sown To Grow Educator’s Advisory Board member. She holds a post-graduate degree in Educational Leadership and has been teaching ELA and Spanish for over twenty years. Currently she teaches grades 6-10 at West Valley Central School.

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