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Using Keynote, Powerpoint or Google Slides/Presentation to make non linear presentations in writing: Revision

Keynote, Powerpoint and Google Slides/Presentation don't just have to be used for making presentations. They are great tools to engage reluctant writers - they see themselves as making a slideshow rather than "doing writing" and that drops many of the barriers.

Watch this video of Jill working with a group of year 5 & 6 students at Ashhurst Primary to engage them in the writing process.

Following the session Jill debriefed with the teachers at the school.

To have a go at making non linear presentations yourself (or your class) open Powerpoint (instructions for keynote to follow below) and insert the slides for the story or information presentation.  NB These should be storyboarded beforehand so that you know how many slides you will need and where the slides need to go to.

storyboarding example

Now work through your slides putting action buttons on the necessary slides and determining which slide they will go to.  See Pick-a-path and penguin examples.

Pick-a-path example

Pick-a-path example

Penguins presentation example

Penguin presentation example

To insert the action buttons, click on Insert -> Shapes and choose "Action buttons".  Select the button that suits your purpose - a plain square if you want to write text on it, forward and backward triangles as arrows, house button for a home button (back to the beginning), the i for information  symbol for internet information, video camera button for online videos etc.

action buttons

Once you have clicked on the choice of button a screen will open for you choose the action for that button.  In this case you are wanting the button to move you to a particular slide in your presentation accordng to your storyboard diagram.  Choose "Slide"


and then select the number of the slide that will be accessed.

select slide

If you were linking to internet information or an online video as part of a presentation, you would choose "Url" instead of "slide" and copy and paste the url from the particular source.

Copy and paste url  Paste url

 In Keynote the process is very similar.  You place your shape or a text box with border on the page as the button.  You then open the Inspector and choose the hyperlink inspector, select "Enable hyperlink" and select the particular slide.

Make button   Inspector icon   Choose action 

Note that the border is added to the text box from the Graphic Inspector.

Graphic Inspector

For links to online video or internet information use a text box and "Enable hyperlink" to "Webpage"

Link to internet page

In Google Presentation/Slides to achieve this go to the insert menu and add a shape e.g. an arrow.  Then while the shape is highlighted, go to Insert -> Link -> Slides in this presentation -> choose the relevant slide.

Hyperlinking in Google presentation

NB. When in presentation mode, for screens that have buttons you use your mouse to select where you want to go.  A hand appears over the button as you move your cursor across it.

You will find that most students will be really engaged with this writing activity, particularly those boys who don't normally enjoy writing - they see this as "Making a Powerpoint" rather than "Doing writing" :-( and therefore the barriers are down.  However, the writing will only improve in quality if you specifically work on that with the students once they are underway.  You need to "feed stuff in to get stuff out" - the literacy strategies are just as important as the tools.

Have fun!