What teacher couldn't use some help motivating students and keeping their interest? This course will show you how to create captivating lessons and attention-grabbing classroom presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. You'll see how using PowerPoint helps you address different learning styles, making it much easier to engage a variety of learners.
First, we'll cover the basics of this MS Office program including creating slides, using templates, inserting text, changing background colors, creating WordArt titles, and adding slide transitions. Then you'll develop advanced skills such as inserting graphics, sound, video, custom animations, timed transitions, and hyperlinks.
We'll walk step-by-step through several different types of classroom presentations, including lectures and interactive narrations for your students' independent use on computer stations. By the end of the course, you'll be able to publish your presentation on a school Web site or even take your PowerPoint shows on the road. Along the way, we'll talk about how you can help your students develop their own PowerPoint and presentation skills.
So get ready to discover why PowerPoint can be such a fun and motivational tool that adds appeal to any classroom subject!
A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or
more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two
All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons
are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have
to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until
the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each
lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such,
we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final
exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work,
including the final exam.
Do you have students in your classroom with different learning styles? In our first lesson, we'll explore the ways that Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 can help you teach all kinds of students. We'll view two different types of PowerPoint presentations that you can use in a classroom setting, and we'll also look at some helpful PowerPoint templates and slide layouts.
In this lesson, you'll learn about the Office Button, the Ribbon, Tabs, and Task Groups in PowerPoint, and what all of them do. You'll have an opportunity to explore different functions in the Task Groups using a presentation template. We'll also work with the Clipboard, Font, and Drawing groups. You'll create some basic slides and learn about different slide views. In addition, we'll explore objects on slides and how to move, resize, and delete them. This will give you a great foundation for beginning your own presentations.
Today, you'll learn about adding, formatting, and manipulating text in PowerPoint. You'll insert text boxes; experiment with different colors, fonts, and styles; and add bullets to important information. In addition, we'll explore WordArt, which will help you add colors, patterns, and fill effects to WordArt titles. To polish up our text, we'll take a look at alignments, colors, and placements, and we'll finish with a Spelling and Grammar Check.
Have you heard of JPEGs, GIFs, and BMPs, and wondered what these letters mean? Well, wonder no more! In this lesson, you'll learn the origins and purposes of different graphic formats. You'll look at the Picture Tools and practice applying effects to pictures. Finally, we'll explore sources of clip art, and you'll see how to use options on the Insert tab to add images from scanners and digital cameras. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to add all kinds of images to your presentations!
Do you enjoy drawing shapes and experimenting with fill colors? Can you think of some ways you could use shapes in a PowerPoint presentation to teach concepts in class? Today, we'll continue our exploration of the Drawing group. We'll look at Shapes, Shape Fill, Outline, line and arrow styles, SmartArt, and 3-D effects. You'll have fun rotating, flipping, and distributing objects on your slides.
You might think of PowerPoint as a great way to make visual presentations in your classroom, but you can do a lot with audio, too! Today, you'll discover how to locate, save, and insert sound files from the Internet. And wouldn't it be great to customize a presentation with your own voice? You'll also learn how to record and add your own sounds and narration to a PowerPoint presentation.
Would you like to know how to play a video in a PowerPoint presentation? In this lesson, we'll explore different video formats, as well as sources of videos and motion clips. You'll learn how to set up a link to a video to either play with a click or play automatically in a slide show. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to add educational clips to your presentations!
Have you noticed all the transitions that you hear or see every day on radio and television? Transitions help us move seamlessly from one idea to the next. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to make your slide show more interesting and exciting by using the many visual and auditory transitions available in PowerPoint.
Putting objects in motion is one sure way to get your students' attention! Today, you'll discover how animating text and graphics in your PowerPoint shows can help you bring any show to life. You can animate objects in a PowerPoint presentation with a wide variety of motions and sounds. We'll practice animating objects and see which effects work best in your show.
Have you ever wanted to create a self-paced presentation to show students at a computer station? In today's lesson, you'll create an interactive slide show that allows your students to explore information at their own pace. You'll also learn how to design a home slide with hyperlinks to as many individual slides as you need.
If you've ever given a speech, you know how helpful speaking notes are. Did you know that you can add notes to a PowerPoint presentation to help you give a talk that goes with it? You'll learn how to do that today, and you'll also create handouts to go with your slide show. In addition, we'll practice using the Rehearse Timings option to set up a show to automatically advance. You'll see how all these tools can make presenting your shows a snap!
Have you ever wanted to give a presentation in another classroom or at a conference, but you weren't sure how to get it to a different computer? In our final lesson, you'll see how PowerPoint's Package for CD feature allows you to take your slide show wherever you want! You'll also learn how to e-mail a presentation, and how to save a slide show as a Web page. Get ready to share your presentations just about anywhere!
Microsoft Windows Vista or XP, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or Microsoft PowerPoint Home and Student 2007 or Microsoft Office 2007 (the Home and Student Edition or the Standard Edition or the Professional Edition or the Small Business Edition are all acceptable). Please be sure to install the software on your computer before the course begins; Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader). This course is not suitable for Macintosh users, nor for users of older versions of Microsoft PowerPoint.
This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through
your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor
for this course will be
Tracy Loffer holds a Master's degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been involved in education for twenty years, as a music educator and technology trainer of students and teachers. She has also worked in the private sector as a trainer of domestic and international technology franchisees as well as a writer and developmental editor of educational technology materials using Office and Publisher.
This was the first time I ever took an online class and found it very informative and very easy to follow. I was concerned that the class might not hold my interest since it was not in person, but this may be the start of something new. Since I had such a pleasant experience, I intend on taking future Microsoft classes to further my executive assistant career and hope that they are as user friendly as this class was. Thank you, Tracy!
This was an excellent course. I am coming away with two really strong PowerPoint presentations that I will use this Fall. The course was specifically useful to educators and Tracy's step-by-step instructions were exceptionally clear. I found the course challenging and very valuable…Tracy answered my questions quickly -- meaning she checks all of the "active" lessons every day for questions. In addition, I particularly liked the downloadable examples of PowerPoint presentations. The supplementary resources were also quite helpful. Thanks a lot!
Tracy’s lessons were thorough, aided by visuals, and very linear in nature...simple to more complex, basics to advanced information. She is a very positive instructor, providing positive, helpful feedback. What a good example to all instructors! Excellent course.
I really enjoyed taking this course. I have taken many Microsoft courses through the years, but this one allowed me to take what I learned and immediately use it in the classroom. This online course also provided great documentation for me to refer to for future PowerPoint projects. The instructor did an excellent job in getting the information across.
Since technology is not my strong suit I was a little worried about this course, but I found that the instructions were always very clear. I especially appreciate the step-by-step directions for everything. I was able to complete several nice presentations that I will be able to use in my Spanish classes, and I'm looking forward to working on some new projects this summer. I'm encouraged by this course to take the Microsoft Word class. Thank you.
Wow! What a great course. I learned a lot, and developed knowledge and skills that will allow me to create great Powerpoint presentations. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of Powerpoint and the many great possibilities it holds. Thank you!
I learned so much from this course. I had no experience in making a PowerPoint presentation. This course taught me so many things that I had seen in other presentations. I used to think "Wow! How did they do that?" Now I have the knowledge and experience to say "Wow! I made that!" I am so happy I took this course. I can use the information to make so many lessons more interesting, engaging, and interactive for my students.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned in this course. I use PowerPoint often and feel pretty comfortable with it but these lessons either taught me or refreshed my knowledge of the features of the program. I feel it is important to keep my technology skills current and this course did that. I liked everything about it. It was useful and a pain free way to earn credit.
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