I am in love with my new Microsoft Office Students and Teacher Edition 2007 Software (cost about $120 USD), especially the new and improved Power Point. I cannot believe how much nicer and smoother the user interface is and the actual power in Power Point 2007.
I also, as I mentioned in the last post, just purchased the Mayer-Johnson PCS Meta Files. (Although I could have just as easily used Google Images, Imagine Symbols or Sclera Pictos for free). Thus armed I started doing a little experimenting. I set out first to make a dynamic display communication set up. It went well, but will need some more time, mostly due to my desire to use digitalized speech and not recorded speech. Expect a tutorial eventually.
Next I made a short interactive quiz (seen without the interactive part above - download to try it out) which could be used with a mouse or mouse emulator and a touch screen. A very cool thing is a built in "dwell feature" you can make an object on the screen hyperlink or play a sound either when the mouse goes over it or on mouse click. Very cool for CameraMouse and similar eye or head trackers. Also Power Point Viewer 2007 can be used if you do not have PPT 2007 or if it is only on one computer in your classroom and you want students to use it on a different computer.
Here is the tutorial for making a quiz (the tutorial also appears on the last slide if you download it):
1.This was made in Power Point 2007.
2.The three word quiz was made in about 40 minutes by a power point 2007 novice.
3.To make such a quiz was pretty simple.
1.Make your title page on the first slide, make it pretty or plain
2.For a quiz matching word to picture symbols create a slide with only a title bar by home -} slides -} new slide –} title only
3.Then insert 2 or 3 pictures for the answer choices by going to insert -} picture and choosing the picture you want (obviously a correct answer and one or two foils).
4.Arrange the pictures how you would like them on the page. If you would like a box around the picture double click on the dashed line around the image and a new tool bar will come up, choose the frame you like.
5.Now make a new blank slide, this is your “Wrong Answer/Try Again Slide”, insert your choice of image and text on the page.
6.You need to assign “actions” to the pictures/text on the “wrong answer page”, click on the picture or text until it has a dashed box around it then go to -} insert -} links -} actions and choose “previous slide”. Now the student will click on the picture/text and will return the question he/she got wrong to try again.
7.Now drag the completed “wrong answer slide to the end of the slide list under slides in the left hand bar or in the slide sorter found under view. This is not how the sample was done, but will make your life easier.
8.Go back to your question slide and assign actions to the pictures using the steps above. For the correct answer choose Hyperlink -} Next Slide and Play Sound -} Applause. For the foils choose Hyperlink -} Last Slide (if you did not move the “wrong answer” slide to the last position you need to choose Hyperlink -} Slide… and pick the wrong answer slide number.
9.Now make as many question slides as you wish just as you did the first question slide.You might want to make a “great job” slide at the end of the quiz.
Download the Quiz with Tutorial and Power Point Viewer 2007 at Kate's Curriculum Google Group.