This 27 slide powerpoint covers the life cycle of small, medium and large mass stars. Topics covered are: mass of stars, nebula, protostars, main sequence, red giants, supergiants, supernova, neutron stars, and black holes. There are two short video clips. One describes the sizes of different stars, another an animation of a supernova. Also included is a link to a flash simulation of the life cycle of stars, and full color pictures throughout. There are also twelve game show style review questions at the end of the powerpoint. The preview file is six selected slides from the presentation - they are not in sequential slides in the presentation, but they are representative of the other slides.
Do you find your students turn off their brain and just copy when you use powerpoints? I've found the best way to combat this phenomena is to have the main ideas come in one at a time. For that reason, you will find that my slides have simple, quick powerpoint "actions" so that each big idea comes up when you want it to, with a simple mouse click or tap on your interactive white board. None of the actions are over-powering or distracting so your lesson presents itself in a way that students will focus on the content.
A note about powerpoint and videos: videos are notoriously difficult to "package" with a powerpoint for play on different computers. For this reason, I have included several options in this zip file: mp4, mov, and wmv versions of the two videos as well as a powerpoint file saved as a "show." Additionally, I have linked to the two videos on youtube.
Yes, it looks like the latest Powerpoint update has changed the codec. It will take me a little while to fix this; in the very short term (if you are planning to use this powerpoint today), the two movies are included in the download as mp4 files - which you can't link to (because of the codec issue) but you can play them directly. Not nearly as elegant as linking to them, but still serviceable.
In the mid-term (in a couple of hours), I will upload these movies to youtube and update the youtube links on the powerpoints (the text below each picture links to youtube). One movie on the size of stars is still working, but the supernova video is not. Knowing that your district might block youtube leads me to the final solution - hopefully ready this evening - in which I fix the codec issue and run the movies inside of the powerpoint natively.
Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. Videos in powerpoints are always a prickly proposition, but I will do my best to fix this issue as soon as possible.
Edit: I had to strip the music off the supernova video and upload it to youtube that way because the background music was copyrighted. The copyright issue is why Powerpoint would play the "Size of Stars" video from youtube and not the "Supernova." So, short term fix is to play the videos from the links (the words below the images) out to youtube OR play the videos in the folder directly - without links in the powerpoint.
When the powerpoint will play the videos natively, I will upload the new file and TPT will notify you. :)
Thank you again for calling this problem to my attention!
Edit #2: after doing some research, it appears that the problem is trickier than just finding the right file type: arrgh...operating system, powerpoint version, codecs installed locally all ply a factor in running the video embedded in the powerpoint.
The best solution I can come up with is to include some different versions of the videos in the zip file. Then you can use the "Insert --> Movie" and embed the one that works for you into the powerpoint. I will be uploading a new zip file in a few minutes.