There are more than 300 millions powerpoint user in the world. They do 30 million presentations with powerpoint each day. We are familiar with the SANDHAN(educational TV broadcast) lecture series where most of the faculties give presentation with powerpoint. In fact powerpoint is default presentation tool. There is no doubt about it that, powerpoint is actually a constructive tool to facilitate learning and teaching, if you know how to use it. I learn lot about how to design cool and effective presentation using powerpoint. Lets explore some of the most amazing recourses to design great powerpoint presentation.
1) Keep it simple,
2) Limit bullet points & text,
3) Limit transitions & builds (animation),
4) Use high-quality graphics,
5) Have a visual theme, but avoid using PowerPoint templates,
6) Use appropriate charts, 7) Use color well,
8) Choose your fonts well, 9) Use video or audio,
10) Spend time in the slide sorter
Death by PowerPoint:
The Presentation secrets of Steve Jobs:
Designing Effective “Powerpoint Presentation”:
Powerful Presentation Techniques:
According to Don McMillan, here is a humorous & yet insightful viewpoint on how people (teachers included) should not
be using PowerPoint.
PowerPoint Extreme Makeover:
Present Like Steve Jobs:
Below is a summary of your favorite features along with links to their screencasts. If you have additional features or know of screencasts that support this list, please add them to the comments and we’ll update the list.
- Try this tool for removing image backgrounds in #PowerPoint 2010 (good for #Articulate projects)
- PowerPoint Tip: How to remove the background of an image
- Learn to remove the background from images in #PowerPoint 2007
- Removing backgrounds from images using shapes and clipboard fills in PowerPoint
- PowerPoint 2010: Use the animation painter to apply animations from one object to another
- Here’s how to save time using the animation painter in PowerPoint 2010
Video and multimedia
Saving Presentations as movies:
PowerPoint 2010 Video:
- Utilizing PowerPoint to create video/flash Articulate sidebar effects inspired by David Fair
- Replace the sidebar in Articulate Presenter with video content,such as a talking person
- Use the selection pane in PowerPoint 2007 to manage the layered objects on your slide.
- Use selection pane to manage object layers and names for improved efficiency when building elearning courses
- The difference between #PowerPoint slide masters & slide layouts in PPT 2007/2010
- Using Slide Masters to automate picture effects and styles
Customize menu bar:
- How to customize PowerPoint 2007 Quick Access Toolbar with your most frequent PPT and Articulate tasks
Image and Text Placeholders:
- PowerPoint MVPs
- PowerPoint Tutorials
- A bunch of cool PowerPoint tutorials and tips on mind mapping your visual design.
- Community tutorials: these are added to weekly. This is a good place to go for updates.
- How to PowerPoint Blog: All sorts of PowerPoint tips & tricks. Look for a boatload of PowerPoint 2010 tutorials.
- PowerPoint for E-Learning posts via the Rapid E-Learning Blog.
- Graphic Design Tips via the Rapid E-Learning Blog
- Examples of elearning course created with PowerPoint and rapid elearning examples.
- How to create the TV monitor.
- Non-Designer’s Design Book: If there is only one book to buy, it’s this one. You’ll learn all of the basics about typography and visual design.
- Beyond Bullet Points: Great tips to help organize your content whether presentation or rapid elearning.
- Better the Bullet Points. Practical tips on using PowerPoint.
- Slide:ology: Great book on visual design concepts and how to craft better presentations. They have some good examples of branded templates that do work.
- Presentation Zen: This book is very similar to slide:ology and will help you learn to communicate better with your slides. I haven’t read it yet, but his new book is supposed to be good.
- Back of the Napkin: Great book on organizing ideas and visual communication.
- Various PowerPoint books: Tufte is a critic of the poor use of PowerPoint. He offers a lot of good information on how to present complex data. There are also all sorts of good how-to PowerPoint books.
Check out the more than 200 free tutorials that cover PowerPoint and rapid elearning. Great place to find more people to follow on Screenr.( http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/here-are-more-than-200-free-rapid-e-learning-tutorials/)
- You have access to a lot of free tips and tricks. So there are plenty of opportunities to learn and it doesn’t cost you anything more than your time.
- Practice doing what you learn. The learning is only going to happen if you do more than watch the tutorials and read information. Apply some of the tips and tricks to your projects.
- Share what you know with others. One of the best ways to learn is to share what you’ve learned and done. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Trust me, there are more people getting started looking for simple tips than there are experts looking for advanced help. What you learn and share is really important to a lot of people.
Creating PowerPoint Graphics
Some of these tips are really practical and probably work right away. Others are cool and interesting. However, even if you can’t use those specific tips, it does help to practice the tips in the tutorials. You’ll improve your PowerPoint design skills and odds are you you’ll use the techniques in ways that do work for you.
- Create transparent background for your images in PowerPoint. Using a similar process you can create a spotlight focus effect, torn page effect, manipulate photos,
- Do you need show things sticking out of holes? Have a guy stick his head out of a hole. Great for sewer workers or manhole cover training. Or, have an arm stick out of a computer (or hole). Great for waving at sewer workers completing their elearning courses.
- Two-part series on creating some custom picture frames: custom fills and borders. With additional tutorials here.
- Create web comics using PowerPoint.
- Create a push-pin image in PowerPoint.
- Use crop and soft edges to create custom image.
- Create a film strip effect.
- Clever typewritten text effect.
- Create a rich looking interface.
- Deconstructing objects.
- Learn to use the slide background fill effect.
- Create an LCD panel.
- Create a 3D room effect.
- Use a gradient transparency to create magnifying glass object.
- Create a desktop surface.
- Create a custom color theme in PowerPoint.
- Calendar page effect.
- Create custom cue cards and memo pad.
- Create a glassy marble.
PowerPoint Animation Tips & Techniques
You might not need to use all of these animation tips, but it’s a good thing to practice them because the techniques can be applied in all sorts of circumstances. They’ll also help you think about the PowerPoint features in a different way.
- Follow the line animation with an augmented tutorial using that to create an Etch-A-Sketch effect.
- Animate a falling ladder with a different take on using pivots in this follow up to the ladder.
- Using multiple animations to create polishing effect.
- Create custom avatars from clip art and apply animation.
- Create an animated elearning sequence. Download the free folder file here.
- Animated hallway. Could be used to create an immersive learning experience.
- Add emphasis to bullet-point text.
- Animated bubbles.
- Animated clock.
- Animated timeline
- Star Wars credit effect.
- PowerPoint – On-Line Technology Practice Modules
A comprehensive directory of links (URLs) to tutorials, sites, game templates and articles on how to use PowerPoint effectively.
- Sonia Coleman’s Digital Studio
Free PowerPoint templates and tutorials!
- PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials (Florida Gulf Coast University)
Including graphics, tables, charts, formatting text, printing and slide effects.
- PowerPoint Tutorials (Wikivid)
PowerPoint tutorials are broken down by topic so that you can navigate the list to find exactly what you need or watch them all from start to finish to become a PowerPoint expert.
- Some short but creative tutorial on PowerPoint at http://www.screenr.com/user/tomkuhlmann
- PowerPoint Heaven PowerPoint Heaven is a PowerPoint entertainment portal for PowerPoint animations, games, artworks, showcases, animation templates and tutorials. http://pptheaven.mvps.org/
Tips & Tricks to Improve Your PowerPoint Skills
Here’s a series of posts that will give you all of the basic production techniques that you need to be successful. The trick is to practice the techniques so that you can apply them to your own courses.
- 5 Must-Know PowerPoint Tips That Will Save You Time
- How to Be More Productive When Using PowerPoint to Create E-Learning Courses
- How Walt Disney Would Use PowerPoint to Create E-Learning Courses
- What You Need to Know When Working with Grouped Clip Art
- 5 Easy Tips to Whip Your Slides Into Shape
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Slide Notes
- Here’s Why PowerPoint 2007 Helps You Build Better E-Learning
- Unleash Your E-Learning Graphics from PowerPoint 2007
- Little Known Ways to Create Your Own Graphics Using PowerPoint
- See How Easily You Can Design a Consistent Look for Your E-Learning Courses
- 15 Interesting Clip Art Styles for Your E-Learning Courses
- 5 Easy Ways to Add a Glossary to Your E-Learning Course
- Get Creative and Build Better E-Learning Courses
- These PowerPoint Experts Can Make You a Star
- PowerPoint – On-Line Technology Practice Modules