- 34 years old and can read
- Quite well educated (I went to university)
- Easily bored and distracted.
We have a lull in time between genres. At the start of this term, we were working on poetry and it was an outstanding success. Later on this term we will be working on Argumentative Essay writing (which the kids seem to enjoy) and have a period of time at our school where we come up with different genres to explore.
I really wanted to get the kids writing 'Choose Your Own Adventures' stories that I used to love as a kid. When I asked the kids if they have ever wrote one, the blank faces staring back at me from my digital natives were concerning. We explored some examples of these stories and the kids started to get into it. Of course they wanted to produce it digitally and I had a brain wave at the exact time as one of my kids.
"Mr Proud - you are always telling us that Powerpoint is evil but couldn't we use it to create hyperlinks between slides and produce our stories using it?" one of them asked. I thought about it for a minute and stated "Yes that sounds good." As quick as a flash one of my bright sparks pipped up with "Didn't you tell us that PowerPoint was evil? You must have been wrong. It can't be evil if we can use it in this way!" I quickly climbed back into my hole and mumbled something under my breath about being a content creator and get on with your work.
So there you go - my personal journey into this evil land is happening as we speak. I will share some of the examples with you when they are finished. Their planning looks fantastic and they are taking great joy in proving me wrong.
Is PowerPoint evil? Not in this circumstance........I guess!