Students of (nearly) all age groups can learn the basics of PowerPoint with this fun autobiography project. They begin by collecting information about their lives using a “planning packet” as a homework assignment while they learn and practice the basic PowerPoint skills in class. An optional PowerPoint performance assessment is included. Use it to make sure students have mastered the basic skills before they begin their projects. Finally, students create multi-media slide shows about their lives in a nine-slide PowerPoint presentation. The unit is designed to be taught over 12 to 14 weeks or classes, depending upon the age and ability level of students. A suggested project rubric is provided as an editable file. Two sample PowerPoint presentations are included for demonstration purposes – one for younger students and one for older beginners who are capable of extending their learning beyond the basics.
This unit contains detailed student instructions pages for completing the basic program tasks in PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010 (all PC versions, NOT Mac).
It is helpful for students to have some familiarity with at least Microsoft Word (or another Office program) as a prerequisite so they are comfortable with the suite’s menu structure.
This unit can be tailored for young students (beginning with advanced third-graders) through adults. Recommendations for modifying the lessons or instructional methods for varied ages and ability levels are included, as is a description of additional skills that could be incorporated into presentations to challenge older and more advanced students. Suggestions for finding media (images and audio) are included, as well as a collection of CC0/public domain images related to the project’s autobiographical content.
All student materials are provided in Microsoft Word format to allow for editing (but are also provided as PDFs, along with the teacher’s instructional plan). The rubric is provided as a PDF and in Excel format for editing.