Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing. The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.

PowerPoint Pizzazz

Designing visuals for presentation PowerPoint and other presentation graphics software have brought us a long way in a short time. Today’s tools allow us to create sophisticated pages with color, animation, charts, photographs, sound, video, and perfectly set type. While the tools to create presentations have improved, our skill at using these tools has not necessarily kept pace. When visuals are used, your presentations can be more persuasive, interesting and involving, you can cover more material in less time, and retention and comprehension are greater. This handout will help you design visuals and create a visual plan for your presentations that will make the information you have easier for the audience to understand. Remember that the number one priority with visuals is legibility — they must be easy to read.

Creating a YouTube Video From PowerPoint 2010

A guide to using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create a quality, engaging video for use on YouTube or other video services.
The first thing to keep in mind when creating a video from PowerPoint 2010 is a popular saying in media and information technology circles, "Garbage in. Garbage out." That means the quality of your finished video depends largely on the quality of the pieces it is built from. If you start with a bad PowerPoint presentation, you will end up with a bad video. If your narration is poorly planned or poorly delivered, you will end up with a bad video. Remember, "Garbage in. Garbage out."

Start with a quality presentation.

An easy way to make your presentation better from the very start is to use a PowerPoint template. There are a number of templates you can download and use  at PoweredTemplate.com