“PowerPoint doesn’t kill presentations, people do.” How true! A bad presentation and an atrocious use of PowerPoint surely kills the fun of learning. Used appropriately, PowerPoint on the contrary can make classroom learning livelier for students.
But what about children with learning difficulties, children having disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most other children of about the same age? Can PowerPoint be a great tool of learning for them? Definitely, even more so!
Used in the right manner, PowerPoint can be a great medium of learning for students with Special Education Needs (SEN) and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). It can also be a great medium for teaching such children provided certain points are kept in mind. SpLD, SEN teacher Matt Grant throws light on these important points in his presentation “PowerPoint Killed the Classroom Star.” The lessons he gives through his presentation come out of his experience in working with students with dyslexia, attention deficit, autism, and behavior difficulties for around 10 years.
Here’s a peek into some of the points that Matt raises in his presentation:
- Choose the right colors. Black and white combinations along with other stark contrasts in color result in eye strain. Blue–Yellow, Red–Green are color-blind combinations. For easy reading, use dark colored text on pale colored backgrounds.
- Images and text don’t mix well together but when used sparingly alongside bullet points, images can prove useful. Students with organizational difficulties or literacy and language issues will particularly benefit from visual cues alongside text.
- Dynamic swirls for your backgrounds might look impressive but students who struggle with concentration will particularly struggle with such a slide.
Watch the presentation to learn more such valuable tips that can make PowerPoint a great tool for visual learners:
Bad habits while creating presentations definitely KILLS the classroom star. If good habits, as Matt points to in his presentation, are instead followed, it has the potential to make every student a Classroom Star. Do you agree with Matt?
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