Yippee, finally a tool that I know how to use. I have been using power point presentations in my lessons all along. I know what you are thinking, Power points have been used and abused for years. The thing is they are useful as a visual aid, they can be used as schematic organisers, visual cues, and prompts. They can also be manipulated to create Learning Objects which are interactive powerpoints where the learners choose their own path.
My most recent power point presentation is a learning object designed to assist my year 2 students to further develop their knowledge of Australian coins. It specifically focuses on the characteristics of the coins, to enable identification and comparisons of coins and their values. Learning Objects are a great tool for getting students involved in the learning, they problem solve through drawing on the information presented to answer the questions presented and for each response they receive immediate feedback. This type of learning is comparable to BF Skinner’s Operant Conditioning where reinforcement is the key element.
TIP: Therories, (undated) Operant Conditioning (B. F. Skinner), Retrieved 23rd July 2009 from, http://tip.psychology.org/skinner.html