Interactive Presentation

There are many reasons power-point presentations can be helpful in the classroom.  Presentations can make a lecture more interesting, when a lecture is needed.  It provides visuals for students to focus on.  It is a great tool for students who are absent or need to watch the material more than once.  Making the presentation interactive makes the material come alive even more.  Students have the ability to move and try things while they are learning new information.  The interaction puts the learning back into the hands of the students instead of being teacher-centered.

Presentations can be made to incorporate a speaker, or to stand alone and be watched at anytime, anywhere.  This makes learning accessible no matter where the learner is.  It allows the students who struggle to learn, at the speed of the average student, to rewatch, read the notes, and take the time needed to comprehend what the presentation is teaching.  It also makes it possible for absent students to stay with the whole group and watch the presentation even when he/she has missed class.

Incorporating quizzes, videos, and other interaction makes the presentation more interesting and motivating for the student.  The student is now required to participate in the learning.

Here is the link to the interactive video I made.  The video is looking at number sets.  It was designed to go along with a speaker.  There are speaker notes for clarification on the information provided on the slides.  There is also a video explaining further on the material within the slides.  Thank you for watching.

Google Docs – Google workshops for educators. (n.d.). Retrieved September 28, 2012, from

2 thoughts on “Interactive Presentation

  1. Jaime,
    Couldn’t agree more about PowerPoint being used as a “catch up” tool. My class is project based and for every project I show a PowerPoint. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a new student who comes in and has to be caught up that has by watching the PowerPoint on their own. It’s like a mini-teacher! Great post.

  2. Jaime,
    I certainly agree that a proper presentation can enhance even the best of lessons in the classroom. It seems from your post that you find much of the advantage in providing the presentation to students to do some self-learning or catch up using the presentation as a tool. Given that presentations are meant to be experienced, I agree that providing a presentation afterward for reinforcement or remediation is a great opportunity. How do you reconcile using presentations in this way for students who don’t have access to computers?

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