OER4Schools/ICT/slideshow in OpenOffice/rw

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Educator note

Ensure that you have plenty of time for this task to be planned!

You should allow at least half an hour to 45 min.

This activity requires one of the following files

Activity icon.png Pair work (10 min) to download the files. Start by downloading the presentation files above (or the pictures individually), and have a look at them. With a grade buddy, use presentation software to arrange and present them in the right sequence. If you have difficulty arranging the slides, read the background note below.

Background reading

Arranging slides in OpenOffice Impress

When you open a presentation, you see the first slide displayed in a larger window in the middle of the screen. To the left, you see small pictures of all of the slides in the presentation, like a "film strip". To rearrange the slides, you can simply click on a slide with the mouse, and (while holding down the mouse button), drag it to a different position.

Activity icon.png Same-task group work (30 min): Plan an activity with ICT in year groups. In year groups plan an activity together (i.e. all grade 4 teachers plan a lesson for grade 4 together; grade 5 teachers together for grade 5; etc). Whilst in your group:

  • discuss with your colleagues (from the same grade) which topics you have coming up next week, and whether some of these topics would work particularly well with groupwork and ICT
  • choose a topic that you will be teaching for which this type of activity is useful
  • find some appropriate images for your chosen topic and plan a presentation for your students to re-order (you can find pictures that are open resources (Creative Commons licensed) at http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/)
  • make active use of the computers to identify useful images together and download them

Read the following background text if you need help with downloading Flickr images.

Background reading

Downloading images from Flickr

  1. Click on the photo from the Flickr search results that you want to use (the screen will refresh and a larger version of the image will be shown).
  2. Select the "Actions" tab directly above the image (a drop down menu will appear).
  3. Click on "view all sizes' from the drop down menu (the screen will refresh).
  4. Select the "download a large version of this file" option.

Your chosen image will now be downloaded to your computer for use in OpenOffice Impress - introduction to slideshows with OpenOffice.

Think about the following when planning your activity (keep a note in your activity template):

  • What instructions will you give to your students to enable them to carry out this ICT activity effectively?
  • How will you ensure everyone participates and everyone learns? How will you stretch all learners?
  • What will you say to the groups to ensure this?
  • Consider how the computers will be swapped between groups, and between pupils within a group, to ensure that there is effective access for everybody.

This week for homework you will try:

  • an image-based task in the classroom (as prepared above) and
  • typing practise in the classroom which students would do individually, recording their scores, perhaps for a league table.

Further tips on how to do the typing practice activity are available here (typing practice with students), and included below. Use this information to come up with some ideas for typing practise.

This activity would follow on from the basic netbook familiarisation.

Key points:

  • Some computer use relies on conceptual understanding (such as understanding the terms "application", "window" etc). Student need practical experience, but the main concepts are understood conceptually.
  • There are other skills in computer use, which are motor skills (such as using the mouse and typing) that are need to be learned through repetition.


  • Students do typing practise (individually).
  • If there are not enough keyboards for each student to have one, you do carousel-style group work. You can combine developing typing skills with any other activity that requires individual or small group work.
  • Make sure you plan your lesson so that every student has got a chance to practise
  • Use a typing tutor
  • Students can record their scores to see how they improve over time, or to form a league table.

Typing practice in the classroom. You only have a limited number of computers. When you start typing, you can do this in pairs, so that both students understand how the typing tutor program works. However, once students get this, it makes sense to do it as an individual activity. However, students only needs to practise for 10 minutes. Say if you have 12 netbooks, then take a group of 12 students to do typing practise, while your remaining students (perhaps 20-30 or so) do other tasks (also in group work). After a while, you rotate: Some of the students who were doing other tasks now use the typing tutor, while the students previously doing the typing tutor now join in with other group tasks. We will introduce carousel(a)-style group work properly in session 3.2.

You can print this content on a separate sheet here: OER4Schools/Typing_practice_with_students.