How to make an educational powerpoint


If Microsoft Word was a favourite among teachers in the past, the new PowerPoint will be your next best friend.

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PowerPoint in the classroom is a versatile & intuitive tool with powerful functions that are not limited khổng lồ presentations only. From posters to lớn flyers, lớn flashcards, khổng lồ videos, the các mục of things you can vì with it is endless. So, here are some useful PowerPoint tips for teachers from a professional PowerPoint presentation writer:

1. Change slide size

When you first open PowerPoint, it is phối as a mặc định to the Standard (4:3) slide size. But all other sizes are available. If you kết thúc product is going khổng lồ be a video for example, you’d better go for the Widescreen size, as most TV screens are that size.

Go khổng lồ the design tab.Click on Slide Size. Choose Widescreen (16:9).


Click on Custom Slide Size.Choose your custom settings from the pop-up window.

2. Duplicate

Instead of copying objects (shapes, text boxes, pictures, anything) và then pasting them, you can use this much easier method.

Hold Control while you click & drag on an object: an exact object will be made.

3. Capture screenshots

For all test purposes, PowerPoint now has a tool that will take a snapshot of your screen và drop it directly into the slide you are editing.

Go khổng lồ the Insert tab.Click on the Screenshot icon. You’ll see thumbnails of all your open windows.Click on a window thumbnail to lớn capture the entire window.


Click on the Screen Clipping tool khổng lồ select part of the window.
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4. Make perfectly regular shapes

If you have tried lớn create a shape, you will have noticed that there are no regular shapes available. For example, there is a rectangle but there is no square. Here is how khổng lồ create them.

Go to lớn the Insert tab.Click on Shapes và select your preferred one.Hold down Shift while creating the shape and it will be perfectly regular.
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5. Combine shapes

Not only can you create your favourite shapes, but you can mix & match them as well.

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Select all the objects.Click on the Drawing Tools Format tab.Use the Merge Shapes dropdown menu to lớn choose your preferred combination. The tool works with text and images as well.

6. Align your graphics

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PowerPoint has a whole thực đơn for aligning your objects. Align them khổng lồ the slide or lớn each other.

Select all the objects you want to lớn align.Go to the Drawing Tools Format tab.From the Align dropdown thực đơn select the alignment you want.

7. địa chỉ cửa hàng gridlines & guides

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Another way to align your graphics is to bởi vì it visually. Just turn on the available tools: rulers, gridlines, & guides.

Go lớn the View tab.Tick the Gridlines box or the Guide boxes.You can drag the guides around by clicking on them.Right click on a gridline to open the Grid & Guides settings window.You can choose khổng lồ snap objects to lớn the grid, & also the spacing between the grids.

8. Remove picture backgrounds

Isolate an image from its background to lớn create a flashcard. PowerPoint does an excellent job with just one click. If you are not happy with the result, you can use the available tools to correct and refine.

Select the image.Go to the Picture Tools Format tab.Click Remove Background.Use the Mark Areas lớn Keep and Mark Areas lớn Remove tools for stylistic corrections.

9. Create a đoạn phim with PowerPoint

The phối tab is the most recent addition. It can help you đầu ra your slides to video with three very simple steps. A real time saver.

Go to the phối tab.Click on Export lớn Video.Choose the clip size. Sizes range from 240p for portable devices khổng lồ 1080p for full HD.Click Next to start the creation of your MP4 video.

10. PowerPoint for Teachers: đầu ra to a different format

Your PowerPoint presentation doesn’t have lớn be a presentation at all. You can save it in a number of other formats that fit all purposes.

You can save it as a PDF if you want lớn make a flyer, leaflet or simple document. Alternatively, you can save it as a JPEG if you are making a classroom poster.

If your project is going online, save it as a PNG for better quality or even as a GIF. Finally, if your project is going to lớn the printers, you may want lớn consider the TIFF option with the highest resolution available.

First save your presentation.Click on File and then Save As.Click on the Save as Type thực đơn to xuất hiện the available options.

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If you want to get more creative and create a more natural presentation, consider the following PowerPoint tips và tricks from HubSpot:

Don’t let PowerPoint decide how you use PowerPoint. Microsoft wanted lớn provide PowerPoint users with a lot of tools. But this does not mean you should use them all.Create custom slide sizes. While you usually can get away with the mặc định slide size for most presentations, you may need lớn adjust it for larger presentations on weirdly sized displays.Edit your slide template design. Often, it’s much easier khổng lồ edit your PowerPoint template before you start – this way, you don’t have design each slide by hand.
Use “Format Menus” to lớn better control your objects’ designs. Format menus allow you to vì fine adjustments that otherwise seem impossible. To vì chưng this, right click on an object và select the “Format” option.Take advantage of PowerPoint’s shapes. PowerPoint provides the user with a bunch of great shape options beyond the traditional rectangle, oval, and rounded rectangle patterns, unlike even professional design programs like Adobe Creative Suite or Quark.Crop images into custom shapes. Besides creating custom shapes in your presentation, you can also use PowerPoint to crop existing images into new shapes.Present websites within PowerPoint. Third party software that integrates fully into PowerPoint’s developer tab can be used lớn embed a trang web directly into your PowerPoint using a normal HTML iframe. One of the best tools is LiveWeb, a third-party software developed independently. By using LiveWeb, you don’t have khổng lồ interrupt your PowerPoint, & your presentation will remain fluid & natural.Try Using GIFs. GIFs are looped animated images used to lớn communicate a mood, idea, information, and much more. Users showroom GIFs to lớn PowerPoint to be funny or quickly test a process.Keep it simple. PowerPoint is an excellent tool to tư vấn your presentation with visual information, graphics, & supplemental points. This means that your PowerPoint should not be your entire presentation. Keep your text và images clear and concise, using them only khổng lồ supplement your message & authority. If your slides have dense & cluttered information, it will both distract your audience and make it much more likely that you will đại bại their attention. Keep your presentation persuasive by keeping it clean.Embed your fonts files. One constant problem presenters have with PowerPoint is that fonts seem lớn change when presenters move from one computer to another. In reality, the fonts are not changing – the presentation computer just doesn’t have the same phông files installed. When you save your PowerPoint file, you should click Save Options in the “Save As …” dialog window. Then, select the “Embed TrueType fonts” check box & press “OK.” Now, your presentation will keep the font file and your fonts will not change when you move computers.Embed multimedia. PowerPoint allows you to lớn either links to video/audio files externally or lớn embed the truyền thông media directly in your presentation. Embedding allows you to play media directly in your presentation. It will look much more professional than switching between windows. Embedding also means that the tệp tin stays within the PowerPoint presentation, so it should play normally without extra work.Bring your own hardware. Between operating systems, PowerPoint is still a bit jumpy. Even between differing PPT versions, things can change. One way lớn fix these problems is khổng lồ make sure that you have the right hardware – so just bring along your own máy vi tính when you’re presenting.Use “Presenter View.” In most presentation situations, there will be both a presenter’s screen & the main projected display for your presentation. PowerPoint has a great tool called Presenter View, which can be found in the “Slide Show” tab of PowerPoint 2010. Included in the Presenter View is an area for notes, a timer/clock, and a presentation display. Use the Presenter View option lớn help create a more natural presentation.

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Education born and bred. I have worked as a teacher for many private language schools, as a demo centre administrator, as a teacher trainer, as an educational consultant, & as a publisher. I am an advocate for literacy và a huge proponent of using giải pháp công nghệ in the classroom. I mostly write about English Language Teaching. I live in Oxford.