Course Code: cp3
In your first lesson, you will explore the ways that Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 can help you teach all kinds of students. You will view two different types of PowerPoint presentations that you can use in a classroom setting and look at some helpful PowerPoint templates and slide layouts. Then you will learn about the File Tab, the Ribbon Tabs, and Task Groups in PowerPoint, and what all of them do. You will explore different functions in the Task Groups using a presentation template. You will also work with Clipboard, Font, and Drawing groups. You will create some basic slides and learn about different slide views. You will explore objects on slides and how to move, resize, and delete them.
Explore how to add, format, and manipulate text. You will insert text boxes; experiment with different colors, fonts, and styles; and add bullets to important information. You will discover WordArt and take a look at alignments, colors, placements, and Spelling and Grammar Check. Then you will learn the origins and purposes of different graphic formats. You will explore the Picture Tools and practice applying effects to pictures. You will explore sources of clip art, and see how to use options on the Insert tab to ad images from digital devices.
This lesson will continue your exploration of the Drawing group. You will look at Shapes, Shape Fill, Outline, line and arrow styles, SmartArt, and 3-D effects. You will have fun rotating, flipping, and distributing objects on your slides. Then you will discover how to locate, save, and insert sound files from the Internet. You will also learn how to record and add your own sounds and narration to a PowerPoint presentation.
Discover different video formats, as well as sources of videos and motion clips. You will learn how to insert videos using links, saved video files, and embed codes. You will explore a variety of play and formatting options you can apply to videos in a slide show. Then you will learn how to make your slide show more interesting and exciting by using the many visual and auditory transitions available in PowerPoint.
This lesson will demonstrate how animating text and graphics in your PowerPoint shows can help you bring any show to life. You will practice animating objects and see which effects work best in your presentation. Then you will create an interactive slide show that allows your students to explore information at their own pace. You will also learn how to design a home slide with hyperlinks to as many individual slides as you need.
In this final lesson, you will learn how to add notes to a PowerPoint presentation. You will also create handouts to go with your slide show. You will practice using the Rehearse Timings and Record Slide Show options to set up a show to automatically advance. Then you will see how PowerPoint’s Package Presentation for CD feature allows you to take your slide show wherever you want. You will also learn how to email a presentation, create a video of your slide show, discover how to upload a slide show to a Web server, and present a slide show online in real time.
Tracy Loffer holds a Master's degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been involved in education for twenty years, as a music educator and technology trainer of students and teachers. She has also worked in the private sector as a trainer of domestic and international technology franchisees as well as a writer and developmental editor of educational technology materials using Office and Publisher.
You will need Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 or Microsoft PowerPoint Home and Student 2013 or Professional Edition or the Home and Business Edition 2013 (all are acceptable). A free 60-day trial version of Office 2013 may be available at The Microsoft Store. Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users or for users of older versions of Microsoft PowerPoint.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.