It's a while since I have posted anything techie on this site as I have been focusing on the role of music, song and rhythm in helping you to deliver powerful lessons that engage children.
However this blog began life as a vehicle to help me share tips and tricks with teachers that enable you to make the most of multimedia in your lessons.
This tip will enable you to use songs more effectively in powerpoint animations.
There are times when you need to use presentation software rather than just 'playing' a music file or playing it on Interactive Whiteboard software such as Smartboard or Promethean. The animations help you to draw attention to a teaching point.
In this video I am showing you how I needed to use simple 'appear' animations to highlight particular phonemes in a song. This is a great little trick to teach phonics and I highly recommend it.
Here is the video. I am using the scroll up and down wheel on my mouse to control the animations in the video but you could also use the up/down arrows on your keyboard.
Hint: One piece of advice not mentioned on the video. The player will not work if it cannot find the file. If you think that you will need to prepare this at home then take it into school, you must put the sound files onto a memory stick/flash drive and then create and save your powerpoint on that memory stick.
When you add in the location of your sound file to the media object, make sure that you choose the sound file version on the memory stick. In this way it won't be searching for the sound file on your home PC when you are in fact in school. It will search for it on the memory stick instead.