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3.4 Enhancing tools and materials you already use

Many teachers will be familiar with creating Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. Materials in both formats can be repurposed for the online environment. They are a classic example of the ‘substitution category’ of the SAMR model (Puentedura, 2017) where teachers move online the same methods they used in the face-to-face environment. However, with a little more work, static documents featuring text and images can be turned into online exploration tools, linking to websites, animations, videos, blogs and so on to enrich the learning experience. These improved Word and PowerPoint files can then be integrated with other materials using content creation tools, or mounted within a course management system, for example.

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