***Presented at many conferences and a teacher & student favorite***
This lesson plan is designed to teach the basics of PowerPoint through game design. Although it requires no previous experience with PowerPoint, it is the perfect motivating lesson for students with all levels of experience. Students who "already know" PowerPoint don't know this and will remain engaged.
Complete instructions in both video and print format are included for making a fully functioning interactive PowerPoint Maze Game. Students often go far beyond the basics if given the time. I have received student assignments of over 200 slides before.
The zipped file includes pdf instructions on creating the maze, 6 step by step instructional flash videos (open in any browser or with Adobe's free Flash Player), teacher's implementation notes (including the most Frequently Asked Questions by students and answers to these questions) and a grading rubric.
Although it can be used however you want, I teach this near the beginning of the quarter/semester and give students about an hour to start their project. Then, I give them an hour or two more throughout the semester to finish (perfect for sub days because the students know what to do and stay engaged). The best part of this, though, is that students work on this when they finish other assignments early. It has been an incredible classroom management tool because it gives them something to do besides going online and playing video games. (Don't play a game; make your own!!!)
Although the instructions are for making a maze, students will go beyond this and many other kinds of games can be made using the same principles and techniques.
DISCLAIMER: This only works on PowerPoint for PCs. The games will play on PowerPoint for Mac, but the features required for creating the games are not built into the Mac version.
The version modeled is PowerPoint 2013, but all features will work with PowerPoint 2010 or 2007 (and maybe even 2003). A few of the features / tools are in different locations in earlier versions of PowerPoint. This is explained in the teacher's notes.
Please contact me if you have any questions!