Last time we looked at how your students can create an AI-created outline and starter slides when creating a new PowerPoint presentation. That is specifically for creating a presentation based on a topic. PowerPoint also has a large library of presentation templates available based on the type of content you want to present. Those themes and templates are what we will look at today in 365 Ideas for Office 365.
When you first choose to create a new PowerPoint, you are confronted with a great many choices (Including the Quick Starter), but these are simply visual themes- packages of background images and color-schemes.
Theme suggestions in PowerPoint
At the top there is a search box and several tags. Click on the Education tab and prepare to be overwhelmed!
Notice the slider on the right side- what you see is just the tip of the iceberg!
Education Templates in PowerPoint
There are templates specifically for the beginning of the school year, like Getting to know your teacher, Playground rules, Beginning of the year procedures, Getting to know your classmate and Welcome back to school presentations.
There are templates specifically for teachers, like Classroom Open House, Safety procedures, Classroom timers, Lab safety and Student does/teacher does for classroom procedures and classroom management. Most of the template are specifically for students- Persuasive Speech, Problem/solution cycle, research presentation, trading cards, My invention, Science fair, Book report, Digital time capsule, Biography; the lists goes on and on.
Additional educational templates in PowerPoint
Once you choose a template, like the Virtual Field Trip, a Help menu immediately opens on the right side to help your students take this support structure but customize the presentation to make it their own. It guides them through how to add different types of content like images, and even explains Slide Masters so they can do the work once and have it apply to every slide.
The Help window opens automatically in each template
Each template ends with a link to the Office Help website for further tips.
So much work has already been done for you and your students that automates the process of creating a presentation. The beauty of these resources (besides the fact that many of them are literally beautiful) is that, once again, Microsoft has found a way for students to just focus on the content, you know, the stuff they’re supposed to be learning, and make it easy to show what they know in visually impressive ways, without having to spend all that time on the design step. Sure, Sway takes that to the extreme, but the scaffolds available in PowerPoint, right when you click to create a New presentation, that series of clicks that most of us go through automatically without noticing what we’re missing, can take a lot of the pressure off students (and staff) and be a real timesaver as well.
Do you and your students a favor, and point this gallery of themes and templates out to them. While you’re at it, be a hero to your coworkers, and show them, too.
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