PowerPoint Assignment

NOTE: See below (bottom of this tutorial page) for a short list of PowerPoint tutorials on YouTube.

Create a Power Point slide show - PPT-1

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Assignment 5: PowerPoint 1
Slides (5 + Title) 2
Total 10

(It may also later be used as a slide show that presents your final project, if you wish.) You decide on the content and format. If you are unsure what to include just pretend you are presenting your project to an audience of your colleagues. Your presentation should have 5-10 slides title

Since this is an exercise designed to test your PowerPoint skills there are certain additional requirements,

  1. Your presentation should include Title slide.
  2. It should have an About Me or About Us slide.
  3. It can be over any topic that interests you.
  4. Your presentation should use a Theme. (Under the "Design" tab.)

Going further - PPT-2:
Using Your Power Point Assignment to Build a Final Project

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Final Project: PowerPoint 2
Slides (20 + Title) 60
Images 10
Transitions 10
Special Effects 10
Text 10
Total 100

NOTE: You may want to use Power Point for your CS105 Final Project. You CAN use this assignment as a warm-up for the CS105 Final Project. However, your Final Project would need to be at least 16-20 slides, as opposed to the minimum of 5 slides for this assignment.

  1. Your presentation should include a Title slide.
  2. It should have an About Me or About Us slide.
  3. It can be over any topic that interests you.
  4. Your presentation should use a Theme (a design template). (Under the "Design" tab.)
  5. A transition should be defined for each slide in your presentation. (Under the "Transitions" tab.)
  6. The bullets or text animation should be used for each slide (e.g."fly in from the left"). (Under the "Animation" tab.)
  7. It should add images. (You can use your own images or Web images or Clip Art.)



Partial Tutorial ( Tips and Examples )

The Script

Like a good movie, the easiest way to make your slide set is to start with a written script. Then all you need to do is to create slides to match the script. It is easier and more flexible to start with a set of written notes (your script). It doesn't have to be involved. A simple hash list is workable, as long as you have the text content gathered and ready to pour into your PowerPoint project. This includes gathering any images you have in mind, before you get down to the PowerPoint project itself.

Here is script text for the following set of slides and a set of pictures collected for use in this PowerPoint. I used some text and some pictures, though not all, for the example and how-to tips.

Spacing and placements for camera and spacing and placements for stage there is a certain area of overlap but there is also a certain amount of outright opposition to each other.

In both cases, stage and camera, we are trying to do the same thing, arrange performers so that the relationships between characters is presented to the audience as intended according to their arrangement (spacing) within the medium and according to the story.

1 - Stage placement is primarily on the "X" axis - left and right across the stage
2 - Camera placement is primarily on the "Z" axis - front to back and tight within the frame 
3 - There are always exceptions and there are generally areas of overlap

On stage almost all relationships and actions are handled on the "X" axis, left to right across the stage. On stage, in person, all these characters take on importance for audience members based on the woy our brains process information and select for attention. As an image the figures look tiny, distant and weak because our brains don't "reach into" the image the same way, instead our brains seem to take the image presentation as is. Even so, the performance is directed straight out into the audience and into the camera because this view is from the sight line. Close views from this camera position are helpful in grant proposals to give a sense of the performance and a sense of the purpose of the piece.

A simple way to modify stage placement for camera is to fold the line across from the middle backward (or forward)

Here we've folded the left-right stage arrangement backward using the person in the middle as the hinge. In a photo it replicates the feeling of watching a live stage from the audience position. But as you can see below, the same arrangement looks weak, distant and hard to see what is going on when live on stage.

In camera, almost all relationships and actions with any kind of depth are handled on the "Z" axis, front to back within the camera frame.

So many photographers go to the corner of the stage and shoot across in a diagonal direction. Not to get out of the way (unless they are taking performance shots and they mean publicity in your local newspaper). A picture from the side of the stage makes a stronger picture in terms of the size of the subject elements (people, in this case). You are pretty much assured that you will get someone up front and large in the frame. It could also indicate that the photographer (1) has no control over stage arrangements (unlike a photo studio) and (2) has given up trying to get a reasonable camera shot from some front center position.

stage 1

Camera arrangement on stage
stage 2

Camera arrangement folded back
stage 3

Camera arrangement folded forward
stage 4

Movement to fold stage arrangement into a camera arrangement
stage 5

Typical photographer's position from corner of stage
stage 6

Typical camera framing close up
stage 7

Typical stage arrangmement across (left to right)
stage 8

Same as at left but from on high, useful later for stage reconstruction
Here is the collection of images which I may or may not use in the intended PowerPoint. All of these were created and generated by me using an animation software for dance called DanceForms. They are here as an example of getting your material ready before making the PowerPoint.


The Steps (some of them)

Remember these are only a few tips and hints. You need to explore the features in any program you use, including PowerPoint, to determine how to work the program. Playing with the program is the best way to get familiar with it. Don't worry, it is within your reach.

Start PowerPoint with blank
Open PowerPoint and start with a "Blank Presentation"


plain text title slide
Get started with a title.


theme pick title slide
Under the "Design" tab the "Themes" gallery offers a set of instant appearance make overs for your slides.


new slide


slide 2
Here we've added a new slide, entered text, formated the last three lines (hint, select and right click) as numbered list items and clicked on the animation tab to set the last three lines to "float in" to the slide.

Note that as we add slides they show up in line on the left side.

slide 5

Note on pictures and text. To add pictures we can go to the "Insert" tab or, if we have a picture on the same disk, we can just drag a picture from the file explorer/manager onto the slide, then use the "handles" to size and position the picture to fit.

For text, you don't have to use only the supplied area to click on and add text. You can also copy text from somewhere else (such as your script document) then right-click on the slide and choose to paste as plain text. Again, you will have a bounded area with handles around the box which can be used to size the space and re-position the text where you need.

slide 6 of 7

Yet another slide, this time showing 7 slides in the left-side panel including an About Me slide (#7).



Set the type of transitions into each slide by clicking on that slide (left panel) then clicking on the transition you want from the transition selections under the transitions tab.

Also note that you can set the time to make the transtion by setting the "Duration" for each slide.


The image below gives additional control to an animation..

transition detail




A few YouTube links for Microsoft PowerPoint (a starter list only)

Just Google for "Microsoft PowerPoint tutorial"

PowerPoint 2016 Tutorial - A Complete Tutorial on Using PowerPoint - Full HD 1080P

10 Things PowerPoint Beginners Want to Know How to Do

How to avoid death By PowerPoint | David JP Phillips | TEDxStockholmSalon

Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 - Full Tutorial for Beginners [ 14 MINUTES! ]*