(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about faculty demonstrations scheduled for the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference March 4-5 at K-State. See the conference schedule and details at theitl.org.)
Mitch Ricketts, a graduate K-State faculty member and administrator, will present “Illustrating Educational Concepts: How to Create Custom Drawings, Animations, and Videos Using Simple Technology” at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning (ITL) conference 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Union Flint Hills Room. Many educational concepts are easier to understand when illustrated with vivid examples. He will explore methods for creating visual instructional materials using simple tools such as PowerPoint, basic photographic equipment, and free software. Bring a laptop, if you wish, and try the techniques as they are discussed. Continue reading “Ricketts to cover illustration of educational concepts with simple technologies at ITL Conference March 4–5”
Do you need ideas for improving your PowerPoint presentations? Common pitfalls in creating a good presentation include things such as too many bullet points, not enough images, too much animation, complicated charts and graphs, and more. Check out Microsoft’s PowerPoint Slidefest for tips and tricks on designing better presentations.
Want to make your presentation more visual? Want your materials to have more impact? Looking for a way to put more life in your teaching than what PowerPoint can give you? Find out how Prezi breaks the mold of boring and linear presentations. See demos, participate in discussions, and share ideas about teaching with this new and free, exciting software.
Ben Ward and Huiming Lu will be presenting 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Room 212 of the K-State Student Union.
Continue reading “IDT Roundtable Oct. 27: Prezi: Single Canvas, Dynamic Design, Presentation Pizzazz”
I liked the K-State-themed PowerPoint templates mentioned in last week’s article. When I download them, where should they be stored?
You can add them to PowerPoint’s Project Gallery so they’re easy to find and available whenever needed.
- Open the K-State PowerPoint template in PowerPoint.
- On the File menu, click Save As.
- In the Save As box, type a name for your design template.
- On the Format list, click Design Template (or Presentation Template if you use PowerPoint 98)
- Save the template in the My Templates folder under the Microsoft Office folder and then click Save.
Continue reading “Q/A: How to add new PowerPoints to my Project Gallery?”
A number of K-State-themed PowerPoint templates are now available on the IT training site for download and use by K-Staters. Currently there are eight templates, each with a different K-State look. If you’ve developed any K-State-themed templates and would like to share them with the rest of the campus, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them to the templates already available.
Continue reading “K-State-themed PowerPoint templates available”
Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson will present an eTips session on “Using PowerPoint with Accessibility in Mind” at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, desktop webinar via Wimba. This session will cover creating accessible PowerPoint slides with text, graphics, and video. This session will also discuss some common mistakes that make PowerPoint inaccessible. Ultimately, you will learn how to make an accessible PowerPoint that can withstand the test of time and still effectively communicate to all students.
eTips registration is required at least 24 hours in advance to allow time to add you to the session and ensure your workstation is configured properly to access the session.
Using custom fonts in your PowerPoint presentations can give them originality over using the standard fonts that come with Microsoft Office and Windows. However, if the computer you’re going to be displaying your presentation on does not have the same fonts installed, they will be converted to a standard font or may not display properly. By embedding the font using the following steps, your presentation will display as you intended no matter what computer is used, as long as it’s running Windows and PowerPoint. Continue reading “Using custom fonts with PowerPoint 2007”