Integrating Technology in the Second Language Classroom

Jean LeLoup & Bob Ponterio 
SUNY Cortland 
© 2003

PowerPoint (Office 2003)

Getting started

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

Choosing a presentation mode

When you first open up PowerPoint, you will get a dialog box that will ask you to choose from the following: 
    AutoContent wizard
    Blank presentation

AutoContent wizard

  • Type of presentation:  General, Corporate, Sales, Personal, Projects, etc.
  • How the presentation will be used

  • Type of output:  for example, will your presentation be on a screen, overheads, slides, and will you have handouts or not, etc.
  • It will also ask you for information for the title slide.  Once you have provided all of this information, you click on "finish" and it leads you directly into the Outline mode.


Choosing Template skips this preliminary planning step and gets you immediately into choices of presentation design and mode.  When you select Template, you get a series of windows that allow you to choose the presentation design or background of your slides.  You can preview all of these before choosing. 

Blank presentation

 If you choose Blank presentation, you get a window that allows you to select from templates for type of presentation and presentation design, much like in the Template window.  You can preview all of these before choosing them. 

Choosing a layout

Template for a Title slide
Template for an outline slide with bulleted entries
Template for a slide with graphics and bulleted text

Other aids and special effects in PowerPoint


For example, the Insert menu offers many options that you will want to investigate, such as inserting sound, pictures, objects, charts, movies, etc. 

 Special effects

First things first . . .

PowerPoint and Sound

Use embedded and linked sound files in PowerPoint
Playing MP3 Files during a slide show
PowerPoint And Sound
PowerPoint Tutorial: Adding Sound to a PowerPoint Show
Sounds/Movies don't play, images disappear or links break when I move or email a presentation
Introduction to Sound for PowerPoint Presentations

Be careful to avoid the negative aspects of PowerPoint:
Edward Tufts, author of The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. One of my favoritepieces by him is:
PowerPoint Is Evil -

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