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Don't do PowerPoint like this!

  This blog relates to this video .... When I get an idea, I tend to just jump right in and try to get it on a PowerPoint slide as quickly as possible without a thought for my poor audience. After all, I have an interesting story to tell; I'm respected by everybody; why should my PowerPoint presentation distract from all that? The truth is: What we project to the world should reflect more of who we are. So my mission is to try and help educators do a little more with PowerPoint. We don't have to invest in new technology or new skills to make the most of what we have. To make a Presentation a little bit more of what it could be, we should do three things. I'll discuss all three briefly in this mini-blog. We should use background colors that 'rhyme with the time'. To find out what those are, Google "Pantone color of the year" . Use the main color discussed and supplement it with complementary ones. Use bold text and fonts that resonates with the color. Creat

Animated Text Effect in PowerPoint

  I used this presentation to make the video. This is the YouTube video where this presentation was used.  1. Choose a Picture All pictures tell stories. All stories can be told with a picture! So choose one that suits your story and place it on your slide. You can make it any size that you want to.  2. Place a shape and text over the picture Eventually, what we want to achieve is for the picture to peek out from behind the text; We want the picture to come flying toward the viewer through the text. Something like this... To achieve this effect we need a shape over the picture and we need to "Cut the text out" from the shape that is placed over the picture. To do that we need to place a Text box over the shape as well and enter our message in the text box. In the example below I used a rectangle; one could also use any other shape or even an image. Now select the shape first and then the text box and go to  Shape Format, Merge Shapes, and Union this will leave a void in th

The Prezi effect in PowerPoint

 More info to follow. This is the link promised on YouTube to the PreziEffect PowerPoint used in the video .

PowerPoint to Clipchamp

Say, you have a lesson in PowerPoint that is going to change the world and break YouTube. First, you have to get it out there.  So, save your PowerPoint as an MP4 file then Open Microsoft’s Clipchamp and choose to create a new video . One of the first things you should do is decide on a name for your video and the aspect ratio that would be suitable for your project. Different platforms desire/require different aspect ratios. Import your MP4 media file here or record something new or use a template. Click the plus sign to add your video to the timeline. Now you can snip and adjust to your heart’s content. You can add several layers to your video including background images and sounds. Start by experimenting with the filters and effects. The green screen filter allows you to have a background of your choice. Add extra layers to your production. You have a rich selection of Music and sound files as well as stock videos and images. Finally, when you are ready for the big time, give your v

PowerPoint and Jamboard

Use PowerPoint in collaboration with Jamboard to boost student engagement. Please make additions to this Jamboard ....(it will open in a new window.) I'll come back later and say some more. Udemy hosts a course on Interactive PowerPoint Animations that I created. So, please visit it. PowerPoint presentations used in the course can be used as templates for your own animations. Moreover, I sometimes have discount coupons for the course to give away. I post the coupons on my Facebook page, but they go quickly, so I offer them to my mailing list first. Please send me an e-mail   Loading…