Fresh ideas for using Powerpoint in your Classroom

What is it:  PowerPoint is probably one of the most versatile programs available to you as a teacher and can be used in so many ways to enhance teaching and learning.  I bet that you have never seen it used likethisbefore as quite a powerful artistic and animation resource.

I know we have all had death by PowerPoint Sessions where the presenter reads boring slides word for word but they are really giving this great program a bad rap.  I use it all the time to create e-portfolios that are are media rich, quick and secure by embedding and inserting content from nearly everything we do in the classroom.

How can ypu use it in the Classroom:Powerpoint in the classroomis a great site to teach you some of the more advanced and cool tricks tucked away inside PowerPoint that we often overlook. with simple to follow visual tutorials that will catch you students attention and give them plenty of new tools and ideas to present and create their ideas.

What level of expertise is required:Very little this is for all audiences and I guarantee you will look at PowerPoint differently after giving this a run.  The site is availablehere.

hundreds of free Printable maths Games and Resources

What is it: has just gone free after offering a subscription based service for some time now.It offers a range of K-12 Maths games and activities in PDF format for you to download.  You can search and filter for specific areas such as division, fractions, measurement, etc.  All games have been developed and tested in classrooms with real students and educational professionals. In many cases, there is no "winner" in the games and activities being played. Rather than create outright competition, most games and activities will foster only math skill building. However, with the world and students as they are today, there are myriad games on the site that do allow differentiated instruction for an interested math learner who wishes to test their budding skills against their peers.

How can I use this in the classroom: Pick out the subject area you are focussing on for the week and you will be sure to find a specific game to suti the age and needs of your students.  In either whole class or small group work shops.  Check it out here.