By the time our students get to 5th grade some of them have made a PowerPoint. I surveyed them again this year and although about one third said they had made at least one, once we got into this project I noticed that their skill levels were pretty low. This reassured me that this was an important skill for me to cover in the library.
In order for them to have some topic for their PowerPoint I decided that I would cover website evaluation in the 2 weeks before starting the PowerPoint. I used an outline I got from Kathy Schrock’s 5 W’s of Website Evaluation (http://www.schrockguide.net/uploads/3/9/2/2/392267/5ws.pdf). I gave each student a copy of my adaptation of Schrock’s 5 W’s and suggested that they take notes on this paper so that they would have something to say in their PowerPoint. Of course some students didn’t write down anything and others took plenty of notes. Then when we got ready for them to create their PowerPoint those who hadn’t taken any notes came up short as they didn’t have any details to fill out the outline.
We spent 2 library visits working on their PowerPoints and I created a rubric so they would know the expectations (ie. minimum of 7 slides, 2 images, etc.) in advance.
I gave them minimal instruction on how to create the PowerPoint as I knew the students would share their knowledge and help others to problem-solve. I circulated around to help them out.
This was a successful instruction/learning experience and the students were very enthusiastic about creating their PowerPoint. I know they will use their newly acquired skills in years to come.