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Using PowerPoint in the Classroom

Using PowerPoint in the Classroom

Second Edition

May 2006 | 128 pages | Corwin

"This book is easy to use and follow, and it has helped me successfully create PowerPoint presentations. It certainly is a good reference tool that will help the novice and will serve as a troubleshooting tool for anyone."
-Jim Hoogheem, Former Elementary School Principal

Engage students with PowerPoint-infused lessons!

Do you want to grab students' attention with dynamic lessons? Wish you could leverage technology to create a learning-rich environment? Now you can, with this updated user-friendly manual that walks you through every aspect of effectively creating and delivering PowerPoint presentations.

Key features of this second edition include:

  • PC- and Mac-compatible instructions and screenshots updated for the latest versions
  • New tips covering presentation, design elements, and delivery skills
  • "Troubleshooting tips," screen shots, specific examples, and "Quick Review" sections
  • Strategies for using graphics, graphs, sound effects, and animation 

Whether you are new to PowerPoint or already use it in the classroom, this book provides step-by-step, proven steps for creating "Wow!" presentations and lessons.


About the Authors
Introduction to Microsoft ® PowerPoint ®: Directions
This Book Contains the Following Helpful Features

What PowerPoint Version am I Using?

Using the Mouse

Launching PowerPoint

Starting With a Blank Slide

Understanding Menus, Icons (Buttons) and Keyboard Commands


Undoing Mistakes

What Does This Button Do?

Help is Only a Click Away

Quick Review

2. Creating a New Slide Show
Book Report Scenario

Creating the Title Slide

Creating the Second and Third Slide

Creating the Fourth Slide

Saving a Slide Show

Applying a Design Template

Viewing Slides in Slide Sorter View

Modifying Text

Quick Review

3. Adding Graphs and Graphics
Adding a Slide With a Graph

Adding Graphics

The Drawing Toolbar

Quick Review

4. Special Effects

WIN 00 and MAC

All Versions

Quick Review

5. Presentation Delivery
Adding Speaker Notes


Final Preparation for Presenting

Quick Review

6. Classroom Applications
Develop a Custom School Template

Adding a Gradient Background With School Colors

Adding a School Logo (Importing a Picture)

Saving a Customized Template for Future Use

Creating a Class/Team Yearbook Slideshow

Creating a Looping Slide Show

Adding Student Narrations to Showcase Student Work

Recommendations for PowerPoint in the Classroom

Application Ideas for the Classroom Teacher

Application Ideas for Students

Quick Review

7. Presentation Pointers
Presentation Design

Text and Type

Tips for Creating Overhead Transparencies

Design devices


Special Effects

The Delivery

Technology Tips

Quick Review


I found this book to be easy to use and to follow and it helped me be successful in creating a PowerPoint presentation. It certainly is a good reference tool that will help the novice and will serve as a trouble-shooting tool for anyone.

Jim Hoogheem
Former Elementary School Principal

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781412927987