Improve your Powerpoints – Had enough of creating the same old Powerpoints? Have a look at these useful tips for creating presentations with pzazz.
We all love to hate Powerpoint, but there’s so much you can do to make your presentations more interesting and engaging. The excellent Lynda.com course Powerpoint 2010: Essential Training covers all the basics in Powerpoint as well as some neat tricks, including:
- Animating text, shapes and other objects
- Removing backgrounds from photos
- Inserting a logo in the background
- Adding audio and video clips
- Adding slide transitions
- Cropping video
The following Lynda.com resources also provide some useful tips and tricks on how to create engaging presentations:
- Designing a great presentation
- Powerpoint 2010: audio and video in depth
- Powerpoint 2010: new features
- Powerpoint 2011 for Mac: Essential Training
Lynda.com is free for all UCA staff and students to use. Create your account so that you can make the most of this excellent learning resource.
Try a different presentation tool
If you’ve had enough of Powerpoint altogether, try using Prezi instead. Prezi is a presentation tool which enables you to work on a large canvas, zooming in and out to keep your viewers engaged. Have a look at these six examples of great Prezis so you can get a feel for how it works – just scroll down and click ‘Start’ on a Prezi to view it.
There are also some excellent instructions and tutorial videos which explain how to get started with Prezi, and if you’re seriously interested then this course on Lynda.com provides a thorough introduction.
Make use of video
Research shows that the most popular search engine for 16-24 year olds is YouTube. Video can be a highly effective medium of enabling students to learn, whether as a means to introduce new topics and ideas or to provide supplementary learning resources.
You could even consider flipping your classroom, a method of instruction that is growing in popularity. This essentially involves providing videos of key course content for students to watch in advance of the lecture, then using the face-to-face time to discuss what students have learned. This excellent video explains the concept of flipping your classroom and provides tips on how to go about it.
Browsing and adding video to your units in myUCA is easy. Just hover over ‘Build Content’ and choose either YouTube or Planet e-Stream, UCA’s own video streaming service. You will then be able to search for and add relevant videos to your unit.