Monday, November 10, 2008


I need to post another update, but unfortunately I do not have much to report. I missed both Wednesday's and Monday's classes because I was/am sick. I am almost finished with my PowerPoint though! I actually was at this stage last Friday night, but I lost the document when my hard drive stopped working. Thank the Lord for the Apple Store here in Knoxville because they were able to install a new hard drive this morning in under 1 hour. I was unwise and did not have the original project backed up so I started over last night on one of the university's computers. The project was not that difficult, but I still do not understand the purpose of the separate "directions" and "homepage" pages. I also don't know how much I would ever use this type of project in my class because it is SO time consuming. I can't imagine creating more than one or two a year for my classes. I also never quite figured out the "master slide" concept. That could be because I could not find any of the buttons we used in class when I was recreating my PowerPoint because I had to use the 2007 version.

I actually might like 2007 better than 2004 (which is currently on my computer). 2007 is definitely much more aesthetically pleasing than 2004, but it does not have the same pull down menus at the top so it was difficult to get used to the different format after using the 2004 format for so long (aka all of college and the latter half of high school).

I am looking forward to finishing the project tonight, especially after the epic fail that was losing the first draft.

Monday, November 3, 2008

More Storyboards and Interactive Powerpoint

I really like the idea of the interactive powerpoint. I have worked with powerpoint many, many times before so this software is not so stressful for me to use. This is another good way to incorporate review into computer center time.

I am now finished with my storyboard, and in the long run it was very helpful. it will definitely make creating the actual powerpoint go by very quickly.

I am going to play with the master slide a little to see whether or not I actually want to use it.

i'm excited to see how the final project turns out!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Storyboard: start up

I'm not going to lie, I'm a little intimidated by the next project. The storyboard seems like an intense way of doing this. I am, however, excited to figure out how to do all these cool things with powerpoint! All I can do right now are the basic presentations. So far this has been satisfactory, but something tells me that a room full of first graders and computers would not stay calm very long if I tried to lecture off of a basic powerpoint... I can imagine the chaos now.

On the upside, at least I will know if my project idea will work before I actually start the powerpoint since my storyboard has to be approved. :) I feel like I will need to take notes diligently if I want to remember how to do any of this later. I know the point of this class is to raise my awareness of the capabilities of software, types of software and the like. However, if I really like doing one type of thing, if I think that it will be helpful in my future classroom, I would like to have general directions so I can get to the right toolbars to change the settings.