Lesson 9: PowerPoint presentations
POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS Creating slide shows and related materials
This lesson introduces you to the basic features of PowerPoint which are particularly valuable in the teaching and learning environment. You will learn how to use PowerPoint to capture your ideas in outline form and convert those ideas into multimedia presentations. You will also learn how to use the application to create your own presentations both from scratch and with the help of one of the PowerPoint Wizards. Most people think of a slide show as a way of presenting a series of still images or photographs using a slide projector. If you think about it, however, a slide does not have to be a still image; using PowerPoint it can also be an audio or video clip. For that matter, a slide does not have to be even a picture; it can also be text, an outline of ideas, whatever you want. PowerPoint provides an easy-to-use multimedia presentation production system, which you will no doubt enjoy learning and which you and your students will find useful for individual or group projects of all kinds. In the various courses that you take as an Education major you learn how to design curricula, with lesson plans and unit plans. You also learn methodologies for effective teaching. The better the teacher you are, the more PowerPoint will empower you in your work. Here, then, are the topics that will be covered in this lesson: • • • • • • introductory thoughts about presentations; PowerPoint at work; building the presentation; adding bells and whistles to the presentation; hiding slides and using Action Buttons; printing presentation handouts.
A caveat before you begin: Till now, the steps to accomplish the tasks assigned have been rather detailed. This time, however, the directions will be less specific, especially in the latter half of the lesson, because PowerPoint is a program you can figure out by playing with it. You’ll find that you’ll soon become confident about how to design and develop high quality multimedia slide presentations. So relax, and have fun!
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9.1 SOME INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS ABOUT PRESENTATIONS
Making a successful—well-designed, content-rich, pedagogically-sound—PowerPoint presentation requires forethought and advance preparation. A presentation, like a term paper, is usually based on an outline such as is illustrated in Fig. 9.1 and Fig. 9.13 later in the lesson.
The selected slide in the Outline is shown here so you can check it out
Each slide icon indicates a new slide in the show
Slide View toolbar
Fig. 9.1 Outline (Normal View) for the Tudor Monarchs presentation (annotated) Take a good look at Fig. 9.1—study the annotations especially
Lesson 9: PowerPoint presentations
You see on the left an outline of the text for each slide in the Tudor Monarchs presentation. Compare the titles and text for each slide to an outline you would have made for a high school or college paper. Similar, right? This is why the outlining tool is built into PowerPoint—to help you plan. Remember the golden rules of successful design: Rule 1—Plan; Rule 2—Plan; Rule 3— Plan! These golden rules apply whether you are designing a term paper, an audio-visual aid, a class outing, or a class syllabus and schedule. You might begin with a brainstorming session to help you get an outline. During brainstorming, members of the group would come up with as many ideas as possible related to the topic of the project. Nobody's ideas are rejected in the early stages so as to encourage a fertile flow of useful suggestions. The result of the brainstorming session might be a somewhat disorganized list of ideas. This list might have been entered directly into the computer during the brainstorming session, or it might have been...
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