15 Novel Ways to Drag and Drop in PowerPoint (The Best Guide)

As dedicated educators, we are committed to building active engagement within our students, and the drag and drop method is a common way to drive classroom engagement. Traditionally, conducting drag and drop activities in the classroom involved physical materials and hands-on interaction. 

While these traditional methods have their merits, they may lack the versatility that digital tools can offer. Worse still, the preparation of drag and drop materials takes up so much time that it reduces a teacher’s efficiency. 

Thankfully, with the advancement of technology and interactive tools like ClassPoint, educators can now enhance the drag and drop experience right inside PowerPoint. With ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects, not only can teachers engage with students using drag and drop directly in PowerPoint, creating a drag and drop activity takes only a few clicks. 

We will now explore 15 methods and ideas to drag and drop in PowerPoint to help you create a wide range of captivating activities with only PowerPoint. 

#1 Interactive Visual Aids 

To begin with, educators can employ drag and drop functionality as interactive visual aids. Traditional PowerPoint animations offer minimal flexibility for participants to actively engage with the teaching content in real time.

But fear not, with ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects, complex topics and ideas can be easily and interactively conveyed without the need for intricate animations. For instance, you can effortlessly use Draggable Objects to simulate planet revolutions, chemical reactions, and physical movements. This makes the teaching of various concepts a breeze.

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#2 Jigsaw Puzzle 

Next, you can craft a drag and drop puzzle directly within PowerPoint! All you need to do is utilise the crop tool provided by PowerPoint to divide the image into multiple segments, and convert them into draggable objects that students can freely manipulate. 

#3 Sequencing

Teaching through sequencing is a prevalent approach to educate students about the sequential processes of a subject matter. Fortunately, with ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects, teachers have a potent tool at their disposal, enabling them to teach sequences dynamically.

Just imagine transforming your geography lesson on the rock cycle into a vibrant and engaging experience with just a few clicks!

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#4 Timelines

Similar to teaching sequencing, teaching timelines does not have to be a dull activity that leaves students with gaping mouths and closed eyes in the classroom. For example, you can infuse a level of interactivity into the historical timelines in History lesson by using drag and drop.

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#5 Sorting/Categorizing/Matching

Creating categorising and matching activities using drag and drop not only enhances comprehension but also infuses the learning process with enjoyment and memorability, killing two birds with one stone! Whether it involves matching synonyms to expand vocabulary or categorising objects based on shared qualities, the drag and drop functionality offered by ClassPoint enables educators to effortlessly craft interactive classroom exercises directly within PowerPoint.

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#6 Reveal Hidden Information

You can increase student engagement  by using ClassPoint’s drag and drop functionality to reveal hidden information. It is as simple as adding a shape or picture atop crucial details, answers, or instructions, and then dragging to reveal them when the moment is right!

This approach proves exceptionally effective in keeping students on the edge of their seats at all times!

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#7 Math Equations

Using drag and drop to teach Maths is a quick and guaranteed way to make Maths learning more intuitive and fun. By transforming maths symbols in an equation or maths concepts such as fractions into draggable objects, you can swiftly engage your students in solving maths problems in no time! 

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#8 Language Learning 

Drag and drop can extend language learning activities beyond verbal practices and essay writing. With ClassPoint’s drag and drop functionality, the process of constructing sentences, rearranging word scrambles, and building dialogues can be as enjoyable as solving puzzle pieces! 

#9 Data Analysis

When one thinks about data analysis, static visuals and tiresome explanations usually come to mind. Teaching data analysis can actually be an immersive process where students get to engage in a hands-on exploration of data and derivation of insights using ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects. Whether it is piecing together line graphs, plotting data points on scatter plots, or creating bar graphs, ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects can instantly turn data analysis into an exciting journey of discovery. 

#10 Mind Maps/Concept Maps

Drag and drop can also be used to create captivating mind maps or concept maps without the need for external plug-ins or other complex and expensive online tools. Students can readily drag and drop objects to establish connections between related ideas in an argument, or organise concepts using a Venn Diagram, fostering their critical thinking skills.

#11 Interactive Storytelling

Unlike traditional storytelling where the audience plays a passive role, interactive storytelling involves the participants playing an active role in shaping the narrative and storyline. Teachers can prepare text boxes or images representing different event sequences or story choices, inviting participants to create their narratives. The versatility of ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects also enables easy editing and collaboration, further enhancing the interactive storytelling experience.

#12 Diagram Labelling

Diagram labelling activities using drag and drop allows an immersive approach in teaching various subjects. Students can easily place labels to identify specific parts or locations. For instance, in a biology class, rather than passively observing a diagram, students can actively participate by dragging and dropping labels of bone and body part names onto the human skeletal system. Similarly, during a geography lesson, students can also interact with different maps by dragging and dropping labels to identify continents, countries, or cities. The level of enjoyment and engagement is simply unmatched!
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#13 Interactive Games

You can also transform yourself into a gamemaster by using ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects. With the interactive capabilities at your disposal, you can effortlessly design various game types within PowerPoint. From trivia games where participants drag and drop the correct answers onto question slides, to spelling bee games where participants form words by dragging and dropping letters, or memory games where participants compete by remembering objects hidden behind cards, the possibilities are basically endless!

#14 Quizzes/Formative Assessments

Of course, ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects can also serve as a valuable formative assessment tool. Teachers have the ability to transform their PowerPoint slides into assessments, where participants can conveniently drag and drop their answers onto designated areas. This presents a seamless and efficient method to gauge students’ knowledge and comprehension without the need to exit PowerPoint.

#15 Art or Design Activities 

Finally, if you are an Art or Design teacher, you can get wildly creative with drag and drop activities. For instance, you can invite your students for a collaborative venture by dragging and dropping design elements, shapes, colours, or textures to create their masterpieces or design compositions. Additionally, you can utilise drag and drop to teach art and design concepts such as matching colour groups or visualising different design styles. The possibilities for artistic expression using drag and drop capability are truly boundless!

Final Thoughts

With the versatility of ClassPoint’s Draggable Objects, the 15 methods given above can be used in almost any subject and teaching scenario. We encourage educators to use this list as a starting point to create dynamic and interactive lessons that inspire our students and empower them to be creative, curious individuals in their educational journeys. 

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