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Presentation Software

Learning Goal:

  • Students will be able to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a variety of business documents
  • Students will be able to use Google Slides to design engaging presentations
  • Students will understand new presentation methods and design basics

ted talk
Steve Jobs was a great presenter. Many of his presentations included only images. He illustrates a new method in presentation design that we'll cover in class. We'll look at this presentation that talks about why you stink at presentations. We'll also look at some good media sources from this link

We'll also talk about C.R.A.P. (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity) Design and look at the resources on this page

The Assignment

Use ThingLink to find examples of C.R.A.P. around the web. It could be an image, video, website, or something else that demonstrates C.R.A.P. design. You should include two points or two examples for each part of C.R.A.P. For example, two examples of good contrast. Send your ThingLink to me on Schoology. 

Often misused, Microsoft PowerPoint has been the go-to presentation software for business and personal use for decades. Many organizations will expect that you know how to use PowerPoint as an entry level skill. 

We will be using the following site as a resource for learning basic features in Word. 

The Assignment

Use the GFCLearnFree site linked above to learn about basic PowerPoint tools and options. Choose ten lessons that are new to you or skills you need to practice. You need to pick three lessons from each category and one from the extras category. 

In one presentation, demonstrate the skills from the ten lessons you chose. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to complete these tutorials. Make sure to label which lessons you are covering. Send the presentation demonstrating what you learned on Schoology.


Presentation software, when used correctly, can be a powerful design tool. In class, we will use information, examples, and the assignment from this link to create a flipbook using Google Slides. 

Google Slides Sales Presentation

Newman's Own
Google Slides is a capable presentation application with nice collaboration features. We will explore some tools and options together in class (creating themes and color tools). 

The Assignment

Expand your restaurant's brand and market with this rubric

Google Slides Design & Desktop Publishing

employee sign
As mentioned above, presentation software can be used for design and when needed, desktop publishing. In class, we will look at the following links to help improve the design of our slides. 

The first thing we need to do is set up our slide for a full page design, here is an example. We'll use this link to talk about the slide master, image masks, quick duplicates, and custom color. This link covers drop shadows and publishing your slides/designs to the web. Finally, this link shows how to use transparency to your advantage. 

The Assignment

Use this rubric to create signs for your employees and customers. Here are a few examples to get you started.