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Pushing PowerPoint to the Limit

Scott Marfilius
Assistive/Instructional Technology Consultant
855 W. County Line Rd.
Bayside, WI 53217
Phone: 414-379-7779
Fax: 414-351-4274
Email: marfilius@wi.rr.com

This session will go in-depth into PowerPoint, a presentation software program and see how it can be utilized as an assistive technology application. PowerPoint is a software program that is a standard in the educational community. It is readily available in middle schools and high schools as many students receive instruction on it as part of the regular education curriculum. From an assistive technology stand point it tends to only be used for presentations and is often under utilized as an instructional tool. Since it is so available we want to make people aware of the potential this program has. It will also get people to think about the application in a different way.

This session will look at PowerPoint and the features that allow it to be utilized as an assistive technology application. Most individuals utilize PowerPoint in a linear format, such as they often see in presentations. Participants will be shown how you can utilize PowerPoint and create things that can be done in other multimedia tools such as Hyperstudio. The role that PowerPoint can play when it comes to literacy and creating switch-adapted book will be explored. The ability to create links that will take you to different parts of a book will allow participants see how they can create a table of contents for their adapted books. We will also explore the use of text to speech which aids in the creation and self checking of text, in addition to the ability to record sound and include it into the file itself. Participants will also learn how they can take PowerPoint and do a mock up of a simple dynamic display communication board. This will incorporate all of the tips and tricks of recording sound and importing graphics. This session will push PowerPoint to the limit!


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