As educators, we are very familiar with creating and using PowerPoint Presentations. There are numerous posts on Paths to Technology about simple content for slide shows that can be used to teach how to create a slide show to young students. Even though the lesson content in these posts can be used with any device and any type of slide presentation, many of these posts for younger students focus on VoiceOver commands for an iPad. What if your student is using JAWS and a PC? Here is a quick list of JAWS commands used to create PowerPoint Presentations!
Note: Share these JAWS commands with the classroom teacher, so that she can offer assistance to the student as needed to complete a classroom assignment. The classroom teacher does not need to know JAWS, but if the student becomes stuck, she can quickly confirm the correct command. Preferably, the student will independently refer to the JAWS commands list. However, having the list handy may be helpful in keeping the student working during class.
When teaching how to create a PowerPoint Presentation, start with easy content, as the focus is on learning the tech, i.e. learning the screen layout and the JAWS commands.
For students who are focusing on writing the content, the student can create a word document with the content. Use Heading 1 to mark the text that will become the title of each new slide. Use Heading 2 to be the main bullet points of the slide and Heading 3 to be subpoints. Students can easily navigate the word document to move text around or to make changes. Many students find this system is easier to write the content and then migrate the content into the PowerPoint Presentation. Other students, especially if they are comfortable with the PowerPoint app, may prefer to enter content directly into the placeholders within the PowerPoint presentation.
Students need to be familiar with the layout of the screen. Creating a tactile graphic of the screen is very helpful to develop a robust mental map! Once the student has reviewed the tactile graphic, then use F6 to move through the PowerPoint panes and toolbars.
Order of Panes:
Pressing F6 again, will toggle through these panes again.
When should my student learn how to create presentations? According to the National Tech Standards Scope and Sequence:
By Diane Brauner