PowerPoint is just my favorite, my first EdTech love. OneNote and Minecraft are close behind, but there’s just so much you can do #OnlyInPowerPoint. These are all topics I’ve treated separately, but I really think they deserve to be pulled all together into one place. (PowerPoint’s Greatest Hits?) There’s a lot here, so no pictures and just a brief description follow, but you can click on any of these to get a lot more information. Day 90 of 365 Ideas for Office 365.
Presenter Coach– #OnlyInPowerPoint
This one is truly #OnlyInPowerPoint- Rehearse your PowerPoint presentation and get live feedback and a summary via AI. This is part of the online version of PowerPoint, so it works on Chromebooks, too.
Create non-linear presentations with PowerPoint Zoom. This basically inserts a link to any slide in your presentation onto another slide. Easy way to do a Table of Contents, but also things like clicking on a label on a diagram to go to the part you want or need to learn more about. Another #OnlyInPowerPoint exclusive
Easily add slides from another PowerPoint into the one you are currently working in.
Did you know there are templates for Infographics built into PowerPoint? When you create a new PowerPoint, click on the Infographics templates and choose the type you need. Add your own data to customize.
Add live captions to any PowerPoint. As you speak, your words are printed, live, onscreen. You can choose the top or bottom of the screen, over your slides or above/below.
Presentation Translator– #OnlyInPowerPoint
This has two components. You can translate all the text in your slides. You can also use the Live Captions to translate and display what you are saying into another language. There are 60 different languages available now. This is the same Live Captions as the post above, but you can choose to have the captions appear in any of the 60+ languages. Can’t do this in any other presentation software- it’s #OnlyInPowerPoint
Dictation (Speech to Text) is available throughout Microsoft Office, and that includes PowerPoint. I was recently at a conference session about Google Slides where the presenter showed how you can use dictate in the Notes section of Slides, then copy and paste it onto the Slide. That seems like a lot of work to me. Why not just make your slideshow in PowerPoint, and dictate right onto the slide? Just sayin’. Obviously, this is also #OnlyInPowerPoint
Ever look at someone’s PowerPoint and wish there was more contrast between the text and the background? Add a shape, type your text inside it. Fill the box with a dark color and make the text light (or vice versa). Need to see the image behind the text box? Make it 50% transparent.
Add-ins are like apps within apps, or programs within programs. They give a program superpowers. This post walks you through how to add them to PowerPoint (or Word.)
Add Word Clouds into your PowerPoint– #OnlyInPowerPoint
Create a word cloud and insert it onto a PowerPoint slide. You can even create a word cloud out of the content of your slideshow. Pro Word Cloud is an Add-in to PowerPoint (and Word).
Comic Strips and Storyboards- #OnlyInPowerPoint
The next few items are all for creating comic strips and storyboards, but some of the ideas are also useful for other applications and use cases.
This has lots of uses, but if you want to insert one image on top of another, like placing an image of a dog onto an image of a couch, you can’t use an image of a dog in a field. You need an image of just a dog. This is one way to add characters to your comic strip. Find out how, here.
When you absolutely have to use this particular image with a background instead of searching for a different image without a background, PowerPoint can remove the background from your image!
Once you have characters with no background, you need a background to place them on.
A much simpler way to add characters is to use the Pixton Add-In for PowerPoint. It has 25 characters, each in 50 poses, with or without speech bubbles, so you can add the character in multiple slides, each in a natural pose.
Pixton has speech bubbles, but they are part of the image of the character, so when you need to make the speech bubble larger to read more text, you have to make the character larger as well. That’s why even when I use Pixton, I usually still use the speech bubble shapes built into PowerPoint.
There are so many things you can do with shapes in PowerPoint, like fill them with a picture, turn them into buttons to open a web page or play a recording.
We already saw some cool things you can do with shapes, but check out what you can do when you merge shapes together! There are five different combinations to try out. #OnlyInPowerPoint
Yes, icons. Easy to understand symbols. Did you know they are made of component shapes? Did you know you can deconstruct them to alter them?
I always give credit to Tony Vincent for this one. As far as I know he was the first to post this idea for Google Slides. This is how you can print anything you want on a sticky note in PowerPoint.
Building on the ability to make any image your background for your slides, you can also make your slide any size you need. There are presets for standards like the size of a sheet of paper (even legal size) but you can also make it really long for Infographics. Why not turn your course syllabus into an Infographic in PowerPoint?
There are templates for all kinds of graphic organizers in PowerPoint. Just look under Insert–> Smart Art. Plug and Play!
This AI wonder pops up when you add an image to your slide, suggesting different options for fabulous looking slides. Save all that time your students spend on appearances and get back some more time to work on content!
Another huge time saver- there are dozens of education-themed templates for students and teachers in PowerPoint. Stop clicking “new presentation” and automatically selecting “blank presentation”. Slow down and look around in there!
For your students that need more support than a template, there is Quick Starter. This scaffold allows them to enter a topic and PowerPoint creates a skeleton outline of a slideshow on that topic. Students still need to add all the content, but for those that got hung up on getting started from scratch, it gives them a push on the right direction. Sort of #OnlyInPowerPoint- it’s also in Microsoft Sway
These are terrific for any kinds of graphic organizers. Insert some shapes. Then insert a line and connect it to two of your shapes. Now, as you move those shapes, the connecting lines move with them!
One of my favorites, Morph is technically a slide transition, but it creates animation with AI. Objects on one slide can change color, size, shape and location on the next slide. Morph does all the math and algorithm work to gradually change it on screen. Another #OnlyInPowerPoint exclusive
No need to move one item at a time, waiting for those little dotted lines to appear on screen to show you when your items are lined up. Use the Alignment and distribution tools to do it all automatically.
One (actually two) of the specific types of Smart Art are timelines. This not only automates creating the timeline, but then you can add hyperlinks to the item in your timeline and zoom to more information.
You can not only add 3D images from an existing online library crated and compiled by Microsoft, you can add your own. (Like those things you built in Minecraft and exported?) IN your PowerPoint, you can click on those 3D imaged and manipulate them to see them from all sides. Exclusively #OnlyInPowerPoint
PowerPoint is always adding new features. When I write about the screen recorder and slide recorder, and when the upcoming PowerPoint Live launches, I’ll be sure to keep this post updated. Oh yeah, those three are also #OnlyInPowerPoint
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