Integrating Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom

  
Jean LeLoup & Bob Ponterio 
SUNY Cortland 
© 2017

PowerPoint (Office 2007)


Getting started

Find the PowerPoint icon on the Start menu or desktop and launch the program. 

(Although our examples use PowerPoint 2007, later versions are not very different.)


Choosing a presentation mode

When you create a new PowerPoint presentation, you will get a dialog box that will ask you if you wish to use the format of a blank presentation, one of your own previous presentations, various installed presentation template models, or a number of available models online: 
 

Choosing from these Templates skips this preliminary planning step and gets you immediately into choices of presentation design and mode.  Select a Template allows you to begin with a complete presentation design including background for your slides (or start from scratch).  You can preview all of these before choosing.

 

Blank presentation

If you choose to begin with a Blank presentation, you can select your own layout design for your presentation and for individual slides. You can preview all of these before choosing them. 

Choosing from these slide layouts can make it easy to add content to your slides. You can also modify these layouts after you insert them.


 

Other aids and special effects in PowerPoint

Toolbars

For example, the Home menu offers many options that you will want to investigate, such as inserting slides, layouts, and shapes, editing or aligning text, controlling fonts, etc. 
The Insert menu helps you insert tables, pictures, clip art, charts, links, objects of all sorts including movies, sounds, etc. 

 Special effects


First things first . . .


PowerPoint and Sound

Adding Sound to PowerPoint
Playing MP3 Files during a slide show

PowerPoint 2007 Tutorial 3.2. Adding Sound and Video (Youtube)

Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 - Full Tutorial for Beginners [ 14 MINUTES! ]*
PowerPoint Tutorial: Learn PowerPoint in 30 Minutes - Video

Learn How to Use PowerPoint 2007 (basics for beginners - for 2007 but mostly works for later versions as well)

echosvoice tutorials (lots of different tutorials)

PowerPoint was originally made for boring, page by page, business presentations. Be careful to avoid the negative aspects of PowerPoint.

Edward Tufts, author of The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. One of my favorite pieces by him is:
PowerPoint Is Evil - http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt2.html



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