It was before smart phones and tablets, even before proper widespread use of the internet and not commonly known it was actually bought by Microsoft rather than designed by them. Since then, and its inclusion in Microsoft Office in 1993 it made its way into schools.
There is no doubt its turning into a rapidly forgotten art form, and although i have no information to suggest otherwise I would bet that teaching games wasn’t what Microsoft had in mind when they bought PowerPoint for 14 Million all those years ago.
Now we have smart phones, interactive whiteboards, coding workshops, tablets, laptops, but still teachers go back to PowerPoint for me the reason is simple. I am fortunate enough that i have some knowledge of both teaching and making games and coding. The issue i always faced when making games was trying to be relevant to what every teacher would need. I am lucky enough that being one i can make a better guess than most, but still every country, school, class year group, teach and of course pupil is different. I can’t and most games cant either, make a game or an app that can be totally adapted by a teacher. That’s where PowerPoint still shines its light. Once made it can be changed, adapted and reused for different abilities and there fore is not a one trick pony that so many learning apps can be ( sorry to say even mine!)
That’s not so say learning games don”t have their place, they do, but there is still a vital need for teachers to be able to edit and change the resources they present so they are both relevant and suitable for their class and they will always be the people who know their class the best That’s why PowerPoint and the games teachers have made are always going to have a place in classrooms until all those apps stop presuming to know what you want to teach and instead allow teachers to change them to suit their needs.
This clearly isn’t happening yet.
There is a website called PowerPointgames.uk and they have over 100 games that are or can be adpated for classroom use. These include Monopoly, Survivor, Spin the Wheel, Hangman, Rock Paper Scissors, Maze and Map games. there are even a couple of dinosaur themed games thrown in which are great. Rather than me talk about them its better if you go on over and check them out. They are totally free to download and adapt to your class and they will really add something to your lessons.
I cant recommend them enough and the work that has gone in is just incredible. I hope they help you as much as they have helped me!
It might be a fading art, but that light hasn’t gone out just yet!
A friend of mine just showed me this and its really cool and might help keep the children entertained at home during this time! I use AR in my lessons sometimes ( and VR) so i know how excited my students get when they see it.
So if you want to come face to face with a Great White Shark, or take a photo with a lion, and stand with a tiger then just grab your phone and type the name of the animal in.
You just google the animal name and press go, I have a list of the animals i have found below but I am sure there are many more.
Underneath there is a view in 3d button and then a ”view in your space” button. It will need to have the camera accessed for this to work.
What animals are there available? Well so far i have found these ones, but if you find more let me know in the comments
The tech side you need Android 7 or higher and iOS 11 and up. It was discovered last year but if you are like me you are just finding out about it now!!
Get googling and have fun!!
Go Noodle is an interactive video service with loads of subjects both curriculum and soft skills. The videos are superb! and really a break from the video lessons and on screen quizzes we seem to have been stuck with! my students love it!
They have loads of videos for student to dance, move, play to while learning. With the closure of schools and the lack of movement that will be going on all over the world this may well help
I sent it to my students so they have some think fun and very professionally made. I love the syllables one.
However as well as English videos, there are other subjects, Science, Maths, Spanish, Social Sciences and also softer skills like confidence building, self control and stress. These may be VERY useful in the current global situation.
There is an example in this article, but when you go on you have to sign up for either a parental or a educator account and then you are in. There is a plus version but there is plenty to look at for free as well!
If you are parent managing your younger children, or a teacher lookign for something other than google classroom quizzes this should help out!
Click the link below to go there!
Let me know if you used it and if you liked it!