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Using PowerPoint in the Classroom

Using PowerPoint in the Classroom

Second Edition

© 2006 | 128 pages | Corwin

"This book is easy to use and follow, and it has helped me successfully create PowerPoint presentations. It certainly is a good reference tool that will help the novice and will serve as a troubleshooting tool for anyone."
-Jim Hoogheem, Former Elementary School Principal

Engage students with PowerPoint-infused lessons!

Do you want to grab students' attention with dynamic lessons? Wish you could leverage technology to create a learning-rich environment? Now you can, with this updated user-friendly manual that walks you through every aspect of effectively creating and delivering PowerPoint presentations.

Key features of this second edition include:

  • PC- and Mac-compatible instructions and screenshots updated for the latest versions
  • New tips covering presentation, design elements, and delivery skills
  • "Troubleshooting tips," screen shots, specific examples, and "Quick Review" sections
  • Strategies for using graphics, graphs, sound effects, and animation 

Whether you are new to PowerPoint or already use it in the classroom, this book provides step-by-step, proven steps for creating "Wow!" presentations and lessons.

About the Authors
Introduction to Microsoft ® PowerPoint ®: Directions
This Book Contains the Following Helpful Features  
What PowerPoint Version am I Using?  
Using the Mouse  
Launching PowerPoint  
Starting With a Blank Slide  
Understanding Menus, Icons (Buttons) and Keyboard Commands  
Undoing Mistakes  
What Does This Button Do?  
Help is Only a Click Away  
Quick Review  
2. Creating a New Slide Show
Book Report Scenario  
Creating the Title Slide  
Creating the Second and Third Slide  
Creating the Fourth Slide  
Saving a Slide Show  
Applying a Design Template  
Viewing Slides in Slide Sorter View  
Modifying Text  
Quick Review  
3. Adding Graphs and Graphics
Adding a Slide With a Graph  
Adding Graphics  
The Drawing Toolbar  
Quick Review  
4. Special Effects
WIN 00 and MAC  
All Versions  
Quick Review  
5. Presentation Delivery
Adding Speaker Notes  
Final Preparation for Presenting  
Quick Review  
6. Classroom Applications
Develop a Custom School Template  
Adding a Gradient Background With School Colors  
Adding a School Logo (Importing a Picture)  
Saving a Customized Template for Future Use  
Creating a Class/Team Yearbook Slideshow  
Creating a Looping Slide Show  
Adding Student Narrations to Showcase Student Work  
Recommendations for PowerPoint in the Classroom  
Application Ideas for the Classroom Teacher  
Application Ideas for Students  
Quick Review  
7. Presentation Pointers
Presentation Design  
Text and Type  
Tips for Creating Overhead Transparencies  
Design devices  
Special Effects  
The Delivery  
Technology Tips  
Quick Review  

I found this book to be easy to use and to follow and it helped me be successful in creating a PowerPoint presentation. It certainly is a good reference tool that will help the novice and will serve as a trouble-shooting tool for anyone.

Jim Hoogheem
Former Elementary School Principal

Sample Materials & Chapters


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