Synergists of Instruction: Unlocking the Beauty of Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint as Tool in Making Interactive Games for Assessments

Dear Digital Natives, now that you have learned how to use Microsoft PowerPoint for recording video discussions, the fun of learning new ideas still continues since this application still has something more to offer to all its users.

This time, we will be focusing on the features of this application on how it can be used in creating interactive activities such as games that can be applied during an assessment.

Microsoft PowerPoint allows users to add audio, visual, and audio/visual features to a presentation. It usually offers different features embedded in the application itself that can be easily used and manipulated by the users upon making interactive games as one teaching strategy that can be utilized in the lesson.

  • This application can be classified as a narrative and interactive media type based on Dr. Garcia’s Selecting Appropriate Digital Resources because it allows the users with easy access to features that can be manipulated by the user upon making the games.
  • It can be used both online and offline by the teachers and students and can be utilized during lesson discussion and processing.
  • It has a high bandwidth and low immediacy since this application offers features that use pre-recorded video and audio, and asynchronous discussions with video and audio.
  • This offers easy-to-use features to the users which allows them to create different interactive activities such as games that can be applied and used in the teaching and learning process.
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Purposeful use of media■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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Table 2: Review Rating of Microsoft PowerPoint as a tool for creating interactive games for assessments based on Dr. Primo Garcia’s Selecting Appropriate Digital Resources

Using Microsoft PowerPoint for Creating Interactive Game Step-by-Step Procedures

At this very moment, it is time for you know dear Digital Natives to try and manipulate the different features of the Microsoft PowerPoint application and used it in creating interactive games that can be utilized later for assessment

Below are the step-by-step procedures that you may follow as a guide in creating your own interactive games for assessment particularly in giving formative assessments and summative assessments. In this way, giving assessments will become more interactive and fun without compromising the given learning objectives.

Go little rock star! 🙂

Game 1: TRUE or FALSE

(Formative Assessment)

Step-by-step Procedure

  1. Open a PowerPoint Presentation.
  2. Choose a template (design) for your game.
  3. On the title slide, indicate the title of your game.
  4. Insert a new slide that will serve as the main page containing the different number of questions to be answered in the game.
  5. Insert any figure that you would like to represent your questions.
  6. Insert 1 slide for the question which contains the following information:
    1. Question number;
    2. The question itself; and
    3. The choices of the question.
  7. In every question slide, it should be followed by answer slides. Since it is true or false,
    1. one slide is the correct answer and
    2. the other slide is the false answer.
  8. In every answer slide, there should be the “home page button” to go back to the home page to answer another question.
  9. After preparing all the slides, add hyperlinks using the following procedures:
    1. Highlight the text or object you would like to hyperlink.
    2. Right-click the highlighted text and select “Hyperlink…”
    3. From the “Link to:” side panel, choose the destination for your hyperlink.
      1. For Existing File or Web Page, browse your computer to locate the file you wish to link to.
      2. For Place in This Document, choose the slide you wish to link to.
      3. For Create a New Document, type the name of your new PowerPoint presentation and choose when to edit the document.
      4. For E-mail Addresses, enter the recipient(s) email address and the subject line of the email.
    4. Click [OK].
    5. To test the action button, start your PowerPoint slideshow (Click F5 on your keyboard) and click the text with the action button.
  10. Finalize and check your output by clicking f5 or slide show your output.10. Finalize and check your output by clicking f5 or slide show your output.

Game 2: Quiz Bowl Game

(Summative Assessment)

Step-by-step Procedure

  1. Open PPT application
  2. Make the title page of your slide
  3. Insert one new slide for each category in the quiz bowl games:
    1. Easy round
    2. Moderate round
    3. Difficult Round
    4. Clincher question
  4. Insert another new slide for the questions in each category:
    1. Sample questions
    2. Sample choices
    3. Timer
  5. In each question highlight the correct answer.
  6. Repeat the same procedure.

Using Microsoft PowerPoint in Creating Interactive Games Tutorial Video

Congratulations dear Digital Natives since as of this moment you knew already how to use Microsoft PowerPoint in making interactive games for assessments, but if you are thinking this is now the end of discovering the beauty of the different features of this application, no it’s not yet the end, there are still more that this application can give to all its users as such a tool for making creative and advanced presentations that can be used during lesson discussions.

Stop your hesitation now and continue directly your journey with us by clicking now the next page and together we continue discovering the true beauty behind the Microsoft PowerPoint application.

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