presentation skills in the classroom

Presentation Skills in the Classroom

Presentation software offers a motivating and comprehensive way for students to demonstrate their learning by creating a slideshow. A slideshow presentation is a formal display of information organized onto slides to show or explain a concept to an audience. Students apply technology skills to arrange text, pictures, diagrams, graphs, sound, and video onto slides. Animations and transitions can be included to add interest to the show. A presentation can act as a visual aid during a lecture or speech. In Microsoft PowerPoint, the presentation file can also be viewed as a kiosk, video, web page, or handout.

Students can learn presentation skills by completing a variety of projects.

When selecting a product you want students to create using a presentation program it is essential to determine the technology skills that are required. In addition, you must consider the students’ grade level and previous computer experience prior to selecting a task. Presentation skills can be grouped into basic and advanced levels of difficulty.

Basic Presentation Skills:


  • insert text into a placeholder
  • format text: font, style, size, and color
  • select a slide layout
  • apply a slide design
  • customize the color scheme
  • customize the font scheme
  • apply a background to a slide
  • insert and format WordArt
  • insert and format clip art
  • insert and format picture
  • draw and format shapes
  • scale, move, and rotate objects
  • spell check a presentation
  • play the slideshow
  • apply transitions
  • apply simple animations
  • print a slideshow as a handout
  • create speaker notes
  • Advanced Presentation Skills


  • save a slideshow as a web page
  • save a slideshow as a kiosk
  • create a slide master
  • display information in a graphic organizer
  • insert and format tables
  • narrate a slideshow
  • set slide timings
  • insert video or audio and adjust settings
  • add action buttons
  • group and align slide objects
  • sort slides in Slide Sorter view
  • use screen navigation tools
  • use the pen during a presentation
  • apply custom animation
  • customize headers and footers
  • add screen tips
  • bookmark a location on a slide
  • create a hyperlink to a bookmark
  • create a slideshow

    Integrate presentation technology skills into curriculum to create meaningful learning experiences for your students. Presentations are a creative and relevant way to hook students’ interest as they demonstrate their knowledge using multimedia.

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