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This six week session will focus on using PowerPoint in the classroom. The goal is to show how PPT can be used by both teachers and students. Teachers learn how to use it effectively for their own teaching, e.g. to support a lesson, as well as a tool for collaborative student projects. The workshop combines technical training and expertise with pedagogical insights and focus on practical applications in the classroom. The course begins with an introduction to power point to power point at the beginning level, followed by intermediate and advanced power point instruction and classroom applications. Starting week two, participants apply what they have learned through online tutorials, models, and discussions to a power pointproject that consists of a teachable lesson. Asynchronous and synchronous tools will be integrated to ensure participant success.


Special note: The PowerPoint tutorials/instructions used in this session are designed for PCs; however, the techniques are transferable to MAC users as well. Tech help for MAC users will provided by moderators.


Target Audience:


ESL/EFL teachers and practitioners, Administrators at all levels of instruction




  1. Necessary software: PowerPoint (preferably Windows XP or higher)
  2. Optional (if desired for sound recordings): a microphone
  3. Session enrollment limit: 150
  4. Open Source alternatives to PowerPoint: (while PowerPoint is recommended, these programs are acceptable for use with the course):
    • OpenOffice--Impress, http://www.openoffice.org/product/impress.html – free download; platforms currently supported include Microsoft Windows (98 - Vista), GNU/Linux ("Linux"), Sun Solaris, Mac OS X (under X11), and FreeBSD.
    • Zoho Show: http://show.zoho.com/jsp/zoho_login.jsp -- web-based, free presentations with registration; no downloads necessary; imports PowerPoint and Open Office files
    • ThinkFree Online: http://product.thinkfree.com/products/get/ -- free trial download of ThinkFree Show (presentation); runs on all major browser on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh systems and operates natively in Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .xls, and .ppt) but the free version does not include the Insert Comments feature.


Weekly Content


Week 1: January 14-20, 2008

  • Personal Introductions
  • Participants familiarize themselves with the Teaching with PowerPoint Yahoo!Group (YG) site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TeachingwithPowerPoint
  • Participants take a survey on Needs Assessment, answering questions about the types of computer and version of PowerPoint they are using (PowerPoint 2002 or higher; Windows XP preferred) as well as their familiarity with PowerPoint and Yahoo Groups.
  • Participants upload a photo to the files area.
  • Participants add their names, location and photo if desired to Frappr map.
  • Participants read the Getting Started information, walk through the document on Netiquette and take the self-test.
  • Participants read and begin discussions of using PowerPoint in blended learning, based on selected article(s).
  • Participants begin planning a lesson or student project in PowerPoint (PPT) A component of this final project will be developed each week of the course.



Week 2: January 21-27, 2008

  • Participants walk through a PowerPoint Beginning tutorial and review their PowerPoint skills. They view a model PowerPoint presentation that builds from simple elements to more complicated ones to illustrate the process and expected outcome (new components are added each week)
  • Participants read and discuss articles on what constitutes an effective or ineffective [PowerPoint.
  • Participants review, critique, and discuss sample PowerPoints
  • Participants submit and share ideas for a PPT project, e.g. a lesson or a student project.
  • Participants start building their PPT lesson/project using the PowerPoint Beginning tutorial and upload 3-4 slides, focusing on PPT features highlighted in Week 2.



Week 3: January 28-February 3, 2008

  • Participants continue building and expanding their PPT lesson/project and add PPT features for Week 3 using the PowerPoint Beginning tutorial.
  • Participants upload their lesson/project incorporating new components and request feedback from the group.
  • Participants read and discuss articles on project-based learning.
  • A group chat and/or file-sharing session will be held to get feedback on the group's budding PPT projects.



Week 4: February 4-10, 2008

  • Participants continue to work on various aspects of the PPT lesson/project, focusing on Week 4 PPT features and venture beyond the basics, using the PowerPoint Intermediate tutorial.
  • Participants read and discuss articles on Effective Pedagogies for Computer-Assisted Language Learning and learner autonomy, encouraging use of PPT for collaborative student projects.



Week 5: February 11-17, 2008

  • Participants continue with PPT tutorials focusing on Week 5 PPT features and add to their final projects
  • Advanced features of PowerPoint are introduced for those who wish to incorporate sound, using narration etc.
  • Work on the PPT project will be completed by the end of this week, and projects will be uploaded and shared for feedback.
  • A file-sharing session will be held to review the participants' PPT projects.



Week 6: February 18-24, 2008

Wrap-up of discussions and Evaluations





Jennifer Brown: After spending seven years assisting professors with instructional technology, earning an MS in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech, and volunteering for a literacy organization, Jennie moved to Turkey to pursue a growing interest - teaching English; while teaching there, she also led the development of computer-assisted language learning projects and conducted teacher workshops on technology initiatives.


Susan Burg: I teach CALL and traditional English at the Università degli Studi di Firenze as well as other institutions in Italy. In 2006 I got a Masters in e-learning at the faculty where I teach and I have been a dedicated Webhead since 2003.


Roger Druryteaches in the IEP of Georgia Tech. He has taught EFL and done teacher training in France and Colombia, the latter as a Fulbright Scholar. Roger also develops ESP courses, often with a CALL emphasis and is an active member of the TESOL CALL-IS.



Kent MatsuedaLas Vegas, Nevada - I am a returning moderator from the 2007 session. I have returned to work in America after almost five years of teaching in Japan. I taught at Kanazawa Technical College and the Tamagawa School, K-12 Division.


Tools to be used



Join this session


To join this group:


From January 1 to 14:


  1. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TeachingwithPowerPoint
  2. Click on the blue button: This is just an image. The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions


Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator


TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO)

A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section


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