Using art does not stop at using still images. Please notice the 4 types of animation that can readily be applied in PowerPoint. (Kindle location 1290, or page 136). The "Animation Basics" tutorial mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 6 demonstrates these 4 types of animation in 2 parts. Part 1. Part 2. (These are large files, so they may take a moment or two to begin playing.)

"Do not think of animation as an aesthetic concern..." "Be sure the animations you use draw the learner's attention to important points rather then to whatever happens to be moving, and don't overlook the value of changing colors and highlighting in focusing the learner's attention." Kindle location 1301, pages 136-137. Carefully review Figures 6.1-6.9.

Smoking -- Figure 6.10 and discussion (Kindle location 1338, page 143)

Spinning gears -- Figure 6.13 and discussion (Kindle location 1360, page 147)

Forklift -- Figure 6.14 and discussion (Kindle location 1367, page 148)

Charts -- Figures 6.17-18 with discussion (Kindle location 1380, page 151), also Figure 6.21 (Kindle location 1411, page 155) is in this file, but it may not work with newer versions of PowerPoint.

Storage water heater -- Figure 6.24 with discussion (Kindle location 1424, page 157)

Car -- Figures 6.26-6.27 with discussion (Kindle location 1441, page 160)

Trigger Animations

Spinning gears - with trigger -- Figure 6.28-6.29 with discussion (Kindle location 1454, page 161)

The CD accompanying the book provides 2 other examples of trigger animation. Both resemble the use suggested by Figure 6.32. Test Question is pretty simple, but the more advanced Triggering text to display begins to show some real possibilities for use.

Performance Record

Handling animations has changed in the successive variations of PowerPoint. So, the explanations above may not be completely helpful with the version of PowerPoint that you may be using. It is likely that you and your partner will need to discuss how to make these animations work for you.

Moreover, the point to using animation, noted both in the text and in the quote cited above, is not decorative but intended to help communicate an educational point.

Accordingly, each person's performance record for ACTS this week is twofold:
  1. Please post a PowerPoint filebeside your name on the Animations Page with one or more screens to show animation with regard to use of Entrance, Emphasis, Motion, and Exit techniques - along with an explanation in the Ning as to how this animation helps to better communicate the content so animated.
  2. Please post a PowerPoint file beside your name on the Animations Page with one or more screens to show trigger animation use employed in a way to advance student understanding of content so presented, with an explanation on the Ning of how this animation accomplishes a better student learning outcome.