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Adding 'Drag and Drop' features to PowerPoint presentations

PowerPoint does not provide a feature that allows objects on the screen to be moved around.

Being able to do this has many applications, both in whole class teaching and for students working independently. The RSC has supported the development of a feature that can be added to PowerPoint and which allows the following three alternatives to be set up for any object on the screen. An object may be dragged and dropped:

  • anywhere else on the screen,
  • or only to specified locations on the screen,
  • or anywhere else that does not overlap with another 'dragable' object.

A PowerPoint file containing examples and brief guidelines for creating new drag and drop activities can be found here and a Word reference document describing how to use the resource in more detail is here

Example:   The first screenshot shows a PowerPoint slide with an incomplete reaction scheme for Cu2+(aq):

ppt initial screen

This second screenshot illustrates how some objects from the right of the screen have been dragged and dropped into position on the left using the mouse. This is the 'drop anywhere' version of the resource:

  ppt screen after objects moved

This has been used in class with a wireless mouse being passed around between students so that they take turns to move objects and explain their choices. There is a hyperlink on the slide that reveals the answers so students can also use this independently and check their answers once they have completed the reaction sequence.
The original file, which includes several other ions' sequences is here