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An Intermediate Lesson Plan for PowerPoint

written by: Profacgillies•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 7/24/2009

PowerPoint is the most commonly deployed graphics package in the world, partly because it comes as part of Microsoft Office. This is a lesson plan for an intermediate training course for PowerPoint for Windows 2007. It takes account of changes in the 2007 version including the ribbon interface.

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    Learning Outcomes

    At end of an intermediate training course in PowerPoint, a learner should be able to use some of the more advanced features of the PowerPoint application. This training program will equip learners to handle tables, images and charts and to build the whole presentation using slide animations and transitions. It assumes knowledge of the learning outcomes of my basic lesson plan for PowerPoint 2007. That’s why we start with learning outcome 4.

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    Learning Outcome 4: Adding Tables, Charts and Images to Presentations

    A learner should be able to create, manipulate and remove tables, charts and images within a PowerPoint slide. This will require them to:

    • add a blank table or an Excel worksheet to a slide using the Insert table drop down menu from the tabbed Insert ribbon;
    • insert or edit data in a table using the keyboard;
    • select rows, columns, cells, entire table by means of the mouse;
    • insert, delete, rows and columns by selecting with the mouse and using the [Del] key or by using the short menu options or by the Eraser tool on the Table tools tabbed ribbon;
    • merge and split cells by using the short menu options or by the Draw Table option on the Table tools tabbed ribbon;
    • modify cell border line style, width, colour and 3-D options from Format Shape on the short menu or using the options on the Table tools tabbed ribbon;
    • change the overall style of the Table using the predefined options on the Table tools tabbed ribbon; and
    • insert an object such as a bitmap image, vector graphical drawn object, at a specified location in a slide using the relevant section from the tabbed Insert ribbon;
    • select an object using the mouse, and then delete an object using the [Del] key; and
    • copy or move an object within a slide, and between open slides, either by using the mouse with the [Ctrl] key if required, or by use of copy, cut and paste from the Home tabbed ribbon;

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    Sample slides with image

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    Learning Outcome 5: Building the Slide Show: Animations and Transitions

    A learner should be able to add and edit animations within a slide and transitions between slides. This will require them to:

    • add an entrance, exit or emphasis animation effect from the Custom Animation options pane on the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • remove an entrance, exit or emphasis animation effect from the Custom Animation options pane on the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • modify the start effect to set the transition effect to manual, automatic and delayed from the drop down boxes on the Custom Animation options pane on the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • edit the properties and speed of an animation from the drop down boxes on the Custom Animation options pane on the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • reorder the animation effects from the Custom Animation options pane on the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • preview the animation effects from the Custom Animation options pane on the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • set slide advance to manual, automatic and delayed from the Advance Slide pane on the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • select a predefined slide animation effect from the tabbed animation ribbon;
    • add a sound to the slide transition from the tabbed animation ribbon; and
    • modify the slide transition speed from the tabbed animation ribbon.

    For more on Powerpoint, look out for more intermediate lesson plans, or try my book The Art of Presenting or my articles on PowerPoint 2003 Getting Creative with PowerPoint or see the Bright Hub articles How to Make Exceptional Presentations in PowerPoint and Great PowerPoint Presentation Samples.