Day 1 Goals

  • Puppy Dog Show
    • PowerPoint Portfolio
      • Regrouping Slide Show
      • Florida Writes
  • Advantages of Using Multimedia in Education
  • Basic PowerPoint
    • Planning a Presentation
      • Flow Charts
      • Design Elements
        • Color
        • Text
  • Opening the Software
  • Getting Around the Desktop
  • Creating Slides
    • Blank Slides
    • Using Slide Templates
  • Working With Text
    • Adding Text
    • Adding Word Art
  • Adding Graphics
    • From the Gallery
    • From a File
  • Adding Backgrounds

NOW: Create a FOLDER using YOUR NAME on the DESKTOP.

This is where you will save your projet.

Bring a MUSIC CD to class tomorrow.

Visit PowerPoint in the Classroom

This is a great PowerPoint presentation explaining classroom uses for PowerPoint. Keep in mind that when a PowerPoint project is changed to a Web page, the presentations loses the transitions and special effects.

Advantages of Using Multimedia in Education

People Remember:

  • 10% of what they read
  • 20% of what they hear
  • 30% of what they see
  • 70% of what they see and hear

Teachers have been doing multimedia all along. We just called it good teaching and we did not have a computer or software to help us pull it all together! If you've ever used more than one approach while teaching a lesson -given a lecture, showed a filmstrip with cassette tape narration, and then maybe used written expression as a follow-up- you've done multimedia.

Rationale for Multimedia Use and Instruction in Education

Consider these stock learner requests.

A. "Can you explain that differently, I don't get it." "I'm stuck!" "It's too complicated!"

B. "I'm bored."

C. "I want to listen. I need to see."

That is:

A. The diagrams, charts, video, film, animation, theater/plays, pictures, sounds and other changes of perceptual viewer that teachers frequently employ to help the "stuck" are multimedia. Multimedia provides fresh perspective and metaphor.

B. Learners also need interest and teachers need attention grabbers. Multimedia provides instructional variation.

C. Further, much of what we have learned does not translate simply and clearly to text. In many cases, ideas cannot be adequately understood let alone perceived unless a medium other than text is employed, whether sounds from a rain forest or photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope of the Orion nebulae. The issue of perception takes on special meaning for those teaching special needs students, those with particular handicaps and disabilities. For these students, multimedia may not just provide an alternative perspective. A certain form of multimedia may provide the only point of access for understanding, the only bridge to both "sight" and "insight" for the learner. Multimedia provides awareness.

From this perspective, good educators have always been multimedia educators.

Visual Literacy PowerPoint Presentation


PowerPoint Basics

Understanding the Toolbar(s)

    • Standard Toolbar
    • Formatting Toolbar
    • Word Art Toolbar
    • Slide Viewing Toolbar
    • Drawing Toolbar
    • Picture Toolbar

Presentation Tips

  • One idea per slide
  • Use small words and sentences of 6 - 8 words
  • Use strong headings
  • Don't use all caps
  • Establish a format and use it
  • Keep it simple
  • Plan your content
    • State your objectives
    • Summarize your objectives
    • Use index cards or flow charts for planning
    • Use line charts, bar graphs, or pie charts to make your point
  • Limit Colors to 3 (1- background, 1-titles and highlighting, 1- text)
  • Limit Fonts to 2 - Try to use standard fonts (Arial, Helvetica)
  • Use graphics taht convey your overall impressions - Don't use too many.

Making a Presentation

PowerPoint for Windows XP and Office for Mac System X were the software versions used to design this lesson. Some steps will vary depending upon the version of the software you are using.

Opening the Software

Start > Programs > PowerPoint

OR Click on the PowerPoint shortcut on the desktop.

Getting Around the Desktop

Since the desktop for each version will be different, let's address the most common areas.

Across the top you will find a menu bar with the following:

File - Edit - View - Insert - Format - Tools - Slide Show - Window - Help

Since this menu bar is standard on all versions, it is best we learn how to use them over the icon shortcuts. Features most commonly used are in bold print.

Under the FILE menu

New - Open - Close - Save - Save As - Save as a Web page - Search - Pack and Go - Web Page Preview - Page Setup - Print Preview - Print - Send to - Properties - (other PP presentations) - Exit

Under the Edit menu

(Undo) - (Repeat) - Cut - Copy - Office Clipboard - Past - Paste Special - Paste as a Hyperlink - Clear - Select All - Dulicate - Duplicate Slide - Find - Replace - Go to Property - Links - objects

Under the View menu

Normal - Slide Sorter - Slide Show - Notes Pages - Master - Color/Grayscale - Task Pane - Toolbars - Ruler - Grid and Guides - View Direction - Header and Footer - Markup - Zoom

Under the Insert menu

New Slide - Duplicate Slide - Slide Number - Date and Time - Symbol - Comment - Slides from Files - Slides from Outline - Picture - Diagram - Text Box - Movies and Sounds - Chart - Table - Object - Link

Under the Format menu

Font - Bullets and Numbering - Alignment - Paragraph Direction - Line Spacing - Change Case - Replace Fonts - Slide Design - Slide Layout - Background - Object

Under the Tools menu

Spelling - Language - Compare and Merge Presentations - Online Collaboration - Meeting Minder - Tools on the Web - Macro - Add-Inns - AutoCorrect Options - Customize - Options

Under the Slide Show menu

View Show - Set Up Show - Rehearse Timings - Record Narration - Online Broadcast - Action Buttons - Action Settings - Animation Schemes - Custom Animation - Slide Transitions - Hide Slide - Custom Shows*

Under the Window menu

New Window - Arrange All - Cascade - Next Pane - (presentations)

Making a New Slide

The PowerPoint Software may open to a menu of several layouts. For this class we will use the blank layout.

If the software does not open to a menu of layouts, follow these steps from the Menu bar.

  • Insert > New Slide
  • You should get the layout menu. Select the blank layout.
  • To add a second slide follow the same steps.

Make a Title Slide Using Word Art

  • Insert > Picture > Word Art
    • You are now looking at the Word Art Gallery
    • Select a Word Style by clicking on it once.
    • Now click the OK button.
    • Select the Font, Size, Bold or Italics
    • Enter your text and click OK.

    Your Word Art has round handles. The handles in the corners resize the items length and height. The handles in the middle either adjust the height or the length. You MAY also see a green circle about the top, center. This handle will rotate the graphic. Use the handles to resize your Word Art.

  • Make some Word Art.

Adding Text

  • Make a new slide (Insert > New Slide....Select Blank)
  • Add a Text Box
    • Insert > Text Box
    • You now have a curser that looks like an upside down cross.
      • Place the curser where you wish to put the text.
      • Hold and click down on the mouse. The curser now looks like a plus sign. Drag the mouse to create the text box.
      • Type your information in the text box.
    • To Change the Font, Color, Size or Style
    • Select the text by holding down on the mouse and dragging it over the text.
    • Format > Font
      • Make your selections from the menu.
    • Notice the slashed lines around your text box. If you click on these lines, they should change to small dots. If the box has the dots forming the outline, this is the same as selecting the text.
  • Make some text boxes and change the color, fonts, size, and styles.

Adding a Graphics

Make a new slide.

  • To add a graphic from Clip Art follow these steps
    • Insert > Picture > Clip Art...
      • You should now be looking at some kind of a menu. The top of the menu should have a search field. Enter "education" into the search box. Click the "Search" button.
      • Click (once or twice) on the graphic and it should place itself on the PowerPoint slide.
      • Try moving the graphic around and resizing it.
    • If you have problems moving the graphic around I will need to show you how to group and ungroup clip art. This process is a bit detailed.
  • To add your own graphic follow these steps
    • Insert > Picture > From File...
      • The rest is up to you. You will be asked where on your computer you have this graphic. It may be on a floppy in the floppy drive, it may be on a CD in the CD Drive, it may be on your hard drive. You need to find your picture from wherever you have put it.
  • Practice adding graphics.

Adding a Background

  • This is very simple.
  • Format > Background...
    • Under the picture of the slide, use the pull down menu to select a background color.
    • If you want the color on just the slide you are working with, click the "Apply" button. If you want the color on every slide in your presentation, click the "Apply to All" button.
    • Take some time to play with "More Colors..." and "Fill Effects..."
  • Add some backgrounds.

Save this project.



  • Organize the information that you will need for your "Classroom Rules" and "Expectations" sections.
  • Bring a MUSIC CD to class tomorrow.