DragandDrop is a PowerPoint macro which when applied to any object will allow it to be moved around the screen in SlideShow mode. I thought this wasn't possible, but since reading this TES staffroom thread and having tried it out for myself, I know that not to be the case.
The presentation which contains the macro was created by Hans Werner Hofmann / Ute Simon and can be downloaded from here. It is free to use for educational purposes. Instructions on how to apply the macro can be found within the presentation.
Essentially, it is a question of adding a slide to the presentation which contains the object you wish to move. You right click the object, select Action Settings and then Run macro: DragandDrop. Delete the other slides as the macro will remain embedded in the presentation and run it in SlideShow mode. Now when you hover the cursor over the object it will become a hand as if it is a hyperlink. However, if you click the object , you will find that it then follows the cursor anywhere on the screen!
This macro could be very useful to any language teacher who likes using PowerPoint for whole class teaching with a data projector and or interactive whiteboard. You could use it to drag and drop:
- weather symbols on a map
- a car/person around a street map when teaching directions
- markers for playing games such as snakes and ladders, noughts and crosses or blockbusters
- eyes and hair on a person's face
You could also use it to match pictures with phrases. Here is a useful technique for converting a text box into an image.
- Create your text box and then cut or copy it.
- Go to the Edit menu in PowerPoint.
- In the drop down menu, select Paste Special.
- In the dialogue box that comes up, select Picture (Windows Metafile)
- Click OK and your text box should appear as an image. This means that you won't be able to edit the text, but you can apply the macro to it so you can move it around the screen.
I'll be speaking about the DragandDrop macro at next week's Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Annual Languages Conference as part of my presentation The wonderful thing about triggers is triggers are wonderful things! I'll be explaining other practical techniques to make PowerPoint more interactive such as triggers, Action Buttons, Slide Transitions and keyboard shortcuts. The day after, Ewan McIntosh and I will be presenting a session called Mr McIntosh goes to school on examples of how new technologies are being used in languages classrooms in Scotland and England.
To see some more examples of the potential of the DragandDrop macro and some supporting material, go to this site created by ICT teacher Steve Bath.