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You've probably noticed the "Developer" tab on PowerPoint, but may not be aware that it allows users who are familiar with Visual Basic for Applications to add code that will add new dimension to a regular PowerPoint presentation. This Flash Card program is a PowerPoint that incorporates VBA to enhance its capabilities.

The teacher first creates a vocabulary file by opening an Excel document and in column A typing in the Spanish word (cell 1) followed by the English word (cell 2), and continues this pattern until all the vocab words have been added. The file is saved as a ".CSV" file, (click "save as" then choose "comma separated file" from the menu. Give the file a name like "Chapter 2 vocab"

Start the Flash Card program: just begin the PowerPoint and click "Slideshow" - "from beginning". To change the vocabulary to a new list, click the "New List" button on the Flash Card screen. A file selection window will open and you can then browse to your Excel csv file. Select it and watch the magic happen. The Flash Card program will automatically generate a card for each word on your list. The cards will show the Spanish side, but a simple click on the "Reveal" button will flip the card to the English translation. Or, if you want the students to give the Spanish, just click "Flip Cards" and the English side will show on top.

Here's something other flash cards don't usually do. As students go through the cards, they can click on the "Add to Review" selector for each card they do not know. When they finish, simply click the "Create Review" button and a new list will be generated with only the cards they need to work on. The "Reset" button will return the cards to the full set. This is a great "learning station activity".

If you choose "Save As" and give your PowerPoint a new name for each set of cards you load, then you will have a separate presentation for each chapter. Only use the "Close" button after you have saved your new vocabulary.

Because this is a PP presentation, you can easily change the colors or the background to your own liking, or add your school logo. I post a copy of the flashcards for each chapter on my school site so my students can download it and use it for test preparation.

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