In the computer room I showed the students a sample presentation,
which I had created myself. I did this using the overhead projector.
This was an important step in the preparatory stage as the students
were able to see what was expected of them.
5. Transition year students in our school have good computer
skills as they are at present working towards getting the ECDL
certificate (European Computers Driving License). Nonetheless
I took them through the PowerPoint application. We spent some
time making up sample slides as well as putting together and
formatting a slide show. I made out and photocopied some notes
to help the students familiarize themselves further with the
6. I gave the students a list of the most useful computer terminology
translated into Irish. They spent some time learning these terms
and we were then able to use them as we worked on the computers.
7. When I was satisfied that the students had a good knowledge
both of the PowerPoint application and of the topics they had
chosen, we set about our task. At this stage a considerable
number of class periods were spent in the computer room. The
students worked individually on the computers preparing their
slide shows. I spent class time moving around to see that everything
was o.k. and helping students who were having difficulties
8. When the students had completed the task, we set about presenting
their work. Using the overhead projector and screen, each student
stood before the class and displayed their presentation. As
the slide show ran the student talked through her presentation
in Irish. When the presentation was finished, members of the
class were given a handout or question sheet based on the topic
they had just seen.
1. A number of classes
were held in a classroom outside of the computer room while
we prepared for the project.
2. The students were only allowed sit in front of the computers
when they were very familiar with the PowerPoint Programme
and when they had done enough preparation of their chosen
3. While the students worked individually on the computers,
I spent my time working on a one-to one basis with those who
were having difficulties.
4. While each student was giving her presentation, the other
class members sat at their desks (Not in front of computer
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