EXACTLY! Thank you, thank you for this article. When I started incorporating PowerPoint into my teaching, I can say that it was an overnight game-changer. The use of color, sound, font style, and animation breaks through to so many kids.
I use PowerPoint for interactive math activities with my second graders nearly every day. I upload our practice files on our class' private Facebook Group Page, so that parents can download and connect with our methods and terminology. Kids are able to continue practicing at home. Since a viewer is embedded in the PowerPoint file, a family does not even need to have PowerPoint installed on their home computer. The files will even play on an iPad or Smart Phone!
If you are looking for ready-made PowerPoint resources, check out teacherspayteachers.com. You don't have to be adept at PPT to use files others have created. Also, you can use pre-made files and modify the text or pictures to fit your own purposes. You will love it!
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