PowerPoint is an application for creating and delivering presentation. It was originally developed for public speaking and not specifically for teaching and what works in a boardroom may not necessarily work in a classroom.Its use in teaching and learning situations should provide a better way of communicating information to your students. Used thoughtfully, PowerPoint can enhance your teaching sessions by providing a roadmap, reinforcing what you say and allowing you to use graphics and other multimedia to clarify understanding and to support different learning styles.

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Find existing presentations:

When you are starting to make a powerpoint, it is easy to search for other powerpoints that people have made by doing one of two things.
  1. do a google search for your topic but add :ppt - for example if I wanted to make a powerpoint presentation about photosynthesis, I would type photosynthesis :ppt in google.
  2. sign into or and do a search for your topic

By default, multimedia such as video, music and audio are inserted into the powerpoint but do not remain inserted into the show. To make multimedia embedded into the show so that the links are lost by increasing : read this.

Class 1
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Toolbars and Menus

Tools bars can be displayed or hidden by using the View feature. If you want the toolbar to show, select it by clicking and a check mark with appear. If you don't want it to show, click it and the check mark will disappear.

Standard Toolbar:


Formatting Toolbar:

Drawing Toolbar:

Navigating Different Views

This tiny toolbar is unique to PowerPoint.
The icons allow you to switch between 5 different modes of viewing your work.
The views include Normal View |Outline View | Slide View | Slide Sorter View | Slide Show

Templates and Slide Layouts

Create Additional Slides:
1. Choose Insert: New Slide from the menu bar
2. Select a layout from the “Apply slide layout:” box on the right hand side of the screen.

Shortcut Keys

Slide Show Shortcuts

Changing Slide Master

By making changes to the slide master, you can alter the look of all of the slides in your presentation. This allows you to customize the design to your needs.

Printing and Exporting

Should you encourage students to take notes while you speak, should you give them your notes, or both? And how can you use your PowerPoint presentation o help students study later? Asking students to listen without taking notes works best when your lecture covers basic concepts. But if the lecture consists mostly of facts students will need to recall later, having them take notes is the better strategy. There are three options within PowerPoint to consider.

Option 1 – Have students take notes as you speak, and provide them with lecture notes afterward. This is easy if the teacher has used the Notes pane in PowerPoint to print out Notes Pages.
Option 2 — Distribute a handout made up of each of your slides printed with lots of white space alongside for note-taking. This option is helpful if students are tending to omit items the teacher considers important. The handout gives students a skeletal outline of your main points for later review. And the more white space you give them, the more notes they will take.
Option 3 — Transfer the presentation into a word-processing file. In PowerPoint, from the file menu, select send to microsoft office word. In the Send to Microsoft Office Word dialog box, choose the Blank Lines Next to Slides option. The main advantage of this approach is that within Word, you can modify the handout's layout easily. For example, you can insert a page break at the end of the last line of each slide so each slide will print on a separate page. (You can also add more lines.)

Changing Text, Word Art, and Bullets


Word Art
A detailed tutorial can be found here :

When you start a new presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, you will be given either default bullets or bullets that go along with the design you have chosen for your presentation. You can get a whole new look for your presentation by changing the current style of your bullet or even importing a picture that will become a bullet.

  1. Select the list you wish to change and click and drag over the entire list. If you wish to change all of the bullets in your presentation, select the list on the slide master.
  2. Choose the "Format" menu and click on "Bullets and Numbering" to bring up the dialog box, and click on the "Bulleted" tab so you can change the bullet style.
  3. Click on the predefined bullet style you would like to apply to your list.
  4. Click on the "Picture" button to choose a picture for a bullet, either from the PowerPoint library or from your own file using the "Import" button.

Pictures and Autoshapes

Cropping an image
Click the Crop button on the Picture toolbar. You see bars on each side and on the corners of the image. Drag a bar inward on any side or corner until you get the results you want.

PowerPoint has its own drawing tools that you can use to create your graphics.You will find the autoshapes option on the Drawing toolbar. You can fill them in with a solid, a gradient or a picture - or no fill at all. You can choose an outline color or use no outline. To make these changes, simple right click on the autoshape and select edit autoshape from the popup window.

Assignment 1

create a short presentation of 5 -10 slides. Include one picture, two font styles and/or colors, a bulleted list, one auto shape and one example of word art.