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"PowerPoint for Teachers" - Book Review

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PowerPoint for Teachers by Ellen Finkelstein and Dr. Pavel Samsonov

PowerPoint for Teachers by Ellen Finkelstein and Dr. Pavel Samsonov

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The Bottom Line

If you are a teacher, this book would be a wonderful addition to your library of tools for integrating technology into the classroom - a curriculum expectation for most grades. The additional free downloads from the companion website of completed projects to assist in your lessons, are worth the small price of the book.
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  • projects for different age groups
  • free downloads of completed presentations from companion website
  • an easy and fun solution to bring technology into the classroom
  • lots of tips on how to teach powerpoint


  • no color illustrations
  • approximately one third of the book is on how to use PowerPoint
  • actual usage and projects are only two thirds of the book


  • learn PowerPoint from basics right up to master slides
  • projects for elementary, middle school, high school and some college tips
  • teaching methods described - what to teach and how to teach it
  • lots of free downloads of completed presentations to use in your classroom

Guide Review - "PowerPoint for Teachers" - Book Review

First off, let me tell you that I am a teacher, so I was evaluating this book from the point of view of a teacher first, and as a book reviewer, second.

We all know that to properly use any tool, one first has to know how to use that tool. I know personally, how much time teachers work just prepping for their daily lessons. If they don't already know how to use PowerPoint, they won't have the time to learn it first, before they get to the fun types of lessons. In my opinion, (and this is only my opinion, and I would like to let you know that some of my teaching friends have told me that I am wrong), I think this book should have focused primarily on using PowerPoint in the classroom, and written from the perspective that teachers already know PowerPoint basics, rather than taking up one-third of the book for that purpose. Still, that information, and more, is there if you need it.

Now, all that being said, the examples and lessons are great. Ellen Finkelstein and Dr. Pavel Samsonov take you through creating lessons using PowerPoint from grades K-12 (with a bonus section for the college level). PowerPoint can be a wonderful teaching tool, especially for visual learners (like me) who absorb information more easily if we can see it. Ellen and Pavel show you how to make the learning experience fun for the kids by using interactive maps, games and quizzes to get the message across. And -- if you don't have the time to make your own presentations, there are completed samples for just about every grade available, as free downloads from the companion website.

For higher grades, there is more emphasis on presentation skills, organizing ideas and content, and public speaking. All in all, a great reference book for any grade level. I know I will be promoting it to all my teaching colleagues.

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