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15
Jan

by Angel Brady

We just recently gave a talk about using tablets in the classroom for a Lunch and Learn session here at Princeton. The focus was to address how an instructor can not only use their tablet device for their personal life, but cross over and use the same device in the classroom to teach.

Tablets are becoming more and more popular with instructors and they are opting for them instead of carrying a laptop around. Once instructors get use to using the iPad or any tablet device for their daily personal tasks, it only makes sense that instructors would want to start venturing into use the tablet device for lecture and course work. Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Tablet use in the classroom also goes in the vein of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement which we have been seeing for years with students and instructors bringing their own laptops to class.

Below we have a summary of apps we tested (mostly iPad but a few can be found in the Google Play Store). We have also categorized them by topic. They are listed below:

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14
Jan

By Wayne Dixon

I was asked a question via email by a Macgasm reader on how to play an audio clip across a set of slides within PowerPoint for Mac 2011. I knew it was possible, since I’ve done the same thing under Office 2007 on the PC. So, I set out to investigate, and I thought I would share my findings.

It’s actually quite simple if you want to play an audio track across an entire slideshow.

  1. Click on Insert -> Audio -> Audio Browser (or Audio from File).
  2. Select which audio track you want to play.

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13
Jan

Many presenters have the habit of using quotes from well-known personalities, research or experts as part of their presentation. Relevant quotes strengthen a point in the presentation, provide a change from the general flow and show the audience you have done your research.

But quotes need to be showcased properly in PowerPoint to make an impact. Here are 5 ways in which you can showcase a relevant quote to your presentation.

This is the typical way in which presenters put up their slides. You may have seen motivational presentations, with a collection of quotes that use this format.

 quote in powerpoint

This image at the back overwhelms the message. Another more stylish option suggested is to use this format of quote with image of expert:

quote from bloomberg for presentation

While this format is much better, visually, remember your business audience may not really be interested in seeing what the expert looks like. They are more interested in understanding your source and logic. An image, especially a face, calls audience attention away from your message.

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13
Jan

 

You can add sound files to your presentations from a variety of sources. For example, you can add sound files you download from the Internet or special sound effects CDs. However, PowerPoint does not recognize all sound file types. WAV and MIDI are two of the types it does recognize.

PowerPoint also lets you attach sounds to different objects on a slide. However, the objects must be animated before you can attach a sound file to them.

Adding sound from a file

  1. If you wish to use a new sound, make sure you download and save the file on your computer, preferably in the same folder with your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click on Insert menu < Movies and Sounds < Sound from File
  3. In the Look in drop-down menu, specify the drive and folder where the sound file is located.
  4. In the file list, click the sound file you want, then click OK.
  5. PowerPoint may ask you whether you want the sound to play automatically or on mouse-click. If you choose mouse click, you will need to click the icon during the presentation to start it playing.

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10
Jan

By Boris Hoekmeijer

 

For creating digital presentations, the vast majority of people use Microsoft’s PowerPoint. It’s quite simple to work with, and does the job quite well. But if you’re a designer, you like to have more freedom of choice when it comes to the layout. In that case, you’re better off with Adobe’s InDesign. It has a million possibilities, especially when it comes to styling typography.

However, the world can’t read INDD files, or view them as presentations. So how do you create a presentation from your InDesign file?

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10
Jan

The exact way may depend on what other programs you have available to you, but basically you need to turn each page into a graphic format that you can then import into Powerpoint.

Screenshots are one way of doing this but it would be my last choice as the resolution and therefore the quality of the display will suffer.

From InDesign check out the Export options under the File menu. You’d certainly be able to place jpgs in Powerpoint, if you also have Illustrator or Photoshop I suggest you go with pdf format, you can then open each page and convert to tif which will be better quality than jpg.

09
Jan

08
Jan

By Wendy Russell

Slide Numbers are Added to the Footer of the PowerPoint 2010 Presentation

Click on the Slide Numbers button on the Insert tab of the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

Click on the Slide Numbers button on the Insert tab of the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2010

It is an easy task to let PowerPoint add the slide numbers automatically to your slides.

  1. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click on the Slide Number button, located in the Text section of the ribbon.
  3. The Header and Footer dialog box opens.

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08
Jan

By Wendy Russell

Activate the PowerPoint Picture Tools and use the Compress Pictures button

Activate the PowerPoint Picture Tools and use the Compress Pictures button

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