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Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 in the Classroom

What teacher couldn't use help motivating students and keeping their interest? In this course, you'll learn how to create captivating lessons and attention-grabbing classroom presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.  You will cover the basics of this MS Office program including:  creating slides, using templates, inserting text, changing background colors, creating WordArt titles, using SmartArt graphics, and adding slide transitions. Then you'll develop advanced skills such as inserting graphics, sound, video, custom animations, chart animations, timed transitions, and links. 

You'll get step-by-step instructions for creating several different types of classroom presentations, including lectures and interactive narrations for your students' independent use at computer stations. You'll also see how PowerPoint helps you address different learning styles, making it much easier to reach every student. Then you will discover how to upload your presentation to a Web server, email a slide show, share a presentation in real time, and take your PowerPoint shows on the road. By the time you're done, you'll be an expert at using PowerPoint to add appeal to any lesson—and you'll even find out how you can help your students develop their own PowerPoint skills!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 in the Classroom

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Course Code: cp3

What You Will Learn
  • Learn about different templates and slide layouts
  • Explore the File Tab, the Ribbon Tabs, and Task Groups and what all of them do
  • Work with Clipboard, Font, and Drawing groups to create slides
  • Learn to move, resize, and delete objects on slides
  • Discover how to add, format and manipulate text in PowerPoint
  • Explore WordArt as well as Spelling and Grammar Check
  • Explore Picture Tools and practice applying effects to pictures
  • Learn how to use options on the Insert tab to add images
  • Discover how to locate, save, and insert sound files from the Internet and learn how to record and add your own sounds and narration to your presentation
  • You will learn to put objects in motion
  • Create an interactive slide show
  • Practice using the Rehearse Timings and Record Slide Sow options
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 4 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Discover ways Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 can help you teach all kinds of students
  • Gain a great foundation for beginning your own presentations
  • Have the opportunity to practice creating presentations through step-by-step instruction


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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support

Tracy Loffer

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. 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.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC.

Software Requirements: 


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course 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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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