What is Presentation Software?
This quote sums up the features of PowerPoint, the industry leading presentation
software. "PowerPoint is a high-powered software tool used for presenting
information in a dynamic slide show format. Text, charts, graphs, sound
effects and video are just some of the elements PowerPoint can incorporate
into your presentations with ease. Whether it's a classroom lesson, a
parents' group meeting, a teachers' seminar or an unattended kiosk at
the Science Fair - PowerPoint shows you how to make a powerful impression
on your audience."
instruction, you can make a presentation to help teach your students various
concepts, to highlight a unit of learning for an assembly, or produce
a graduation presentation for your
eighth grade students! In addition, you can build your presentations from
the ground up (starting with a blank slide) or you can use the built in
guides such as PowerPoint's AutoContent Wizard to help you create
your presentation. Furthermore, PowerPoint and its competitors come with
various ready-to-go templates that provide those in a hurry with
attractively designed slides - then all you have to do is worry about
several major presentation packages available in the market. All have
similar features including abilities such as incorporating sound and video,
publishing to the web and "pack and go" allowing the end user
to view the show on any computer. Here are three of the main software
PowerPoint - the market leading package. This product is usually
bundled with MS Office which includes Word and Excel. A mature, stable
package but expensive. Many school divisions already use this package.
Many helps and tutorials exist for it.
- this office suite is a freely downloadable version of StarOffice.
It includes all the same basic tools and functionality. Why not use
it? Since this is a free, "open source" product it's add in
features such as clip art and the thesaurus are less robust than the
commercial products. It can however be downloaded and distributed freely
to students. A tremendous bargain in this respect. Available in
Presentations - part of the WordPerfect software suite, Presentations
is another powerful but easy to use presentation tool.
Teachers can use presentation software to create and organize
effective presentations for small groups, entire classes, and web-based
viewing. PowerPoint presentations may contain graphics, digital photos,
animations and sound.
may use presentation software to create presentations that demonstrate
what they have learned in a given subject area or to showcase the findings
of a research assignment. Presentations are also ideal for capturing the
learning process over a period of time. Further, if students can capture
the steps of their learning through digital photography, these types of
images can be used in a slide show as well.
To gain a deeper understanding of what types of presentation a teacher
might produce, view the following presentations:
I make a presentation?
one of the links listed below to access tutorials for PowerPoint. Make
note on the versions of software you will be using as there may be slight
variations in the location of particular options you are looking for when
the software is up and running on your own machine.
Tutorials - these tutorials are completely online and activity
based. They were created by OLC staff specifically for the teacher
or student new to the use of PowerPoint. Please be patient. These
files may take a few seconds to load.
a new slideshow - steps to starting a new show including choosing
its look and feel.
Content - this activity takes you through the steps to adding
text and graphics.
the Content - once you have placed text and graphics into
the show, it's time to give it a visual impact. This lesson walks
you through the steps to animating the content.
Tips - 5 handy tips to completing common tasks including changing
the background image and using sound
in the Classroom - This fun, eight-unit tutorial shows K-12
teachers how to use PowerPoint to present many different forms of
information. You'll learn the basics on using PowerPoint's toolbars,
laying out your information, saving, moving your information to
the place you'll be presenting it - and much more. - You can also
print the units out so that you can work through your first PowerPoint
Presentation with a mini-guide nearby. Thorough but slower
paced. Best suited for someone unfamiliar with using products such
Some Basics about Designing Your First Show - This PowerPoint
presentation contains useful information about several design considerations.
Tutorials - This site, designed for a class in Educational Technology,
contains very useful tutorials (complete with screen shots to show
you what to do) for several different options you may wish to use
in your PowerPoint presentations (inserting images, applying design,
using templates and so forth).
Teacher - This site provides step by step directions in using
this program. It also contain a list of project ideas where you can
view examples of PowerPoint presentations that were created by teachers
in the Oswego City School District. Some of these examples were linked
above as well.
An excellent step by step guide
Impress and OpenOffice
guide - the nature of the market place means there are fewer guides
available for these products. This is a (fairly large) product guide that
covers all the StarOffice tools.
collection of guides published by Corel.
Presentations: If you are interested in learning how to use
PowerPoint to put together a graduation presentation (a digital yearbook),
please refer to this PDF Guide.
It contains information, timelines, and checklists to help make this
process organized and painless!
/ Teacher Handouts - These handouts are best suited for those who are
sitting at a computer and need a quick reference if they forget how
perform a particular action. A must-have for students in a lab environment
to free up the teacher for more serious questions.
this page has a very neat collection of templates that have an classroom
connection. The options include everything from baby booties to frog