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Assignment: Create a New Presentation

For this assignment, you will create a short PowerPoint presentation that includes several objects as well as slide transitions. In this assignment, imagine you have been asked to present at the next staff meeting. You know you will have lots of data tables and sales figures to discuss, but you also want to keep the mood light by having some humor in your presentation. So the first thing you will do is find some visuals to help break up the business discussion.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Open a new blank presentation. Save it to the Rowan folder on your desktop as BA132_LastName_NewPresentation.pptx, replacing “LastName” with your own last name. (Example: BA132_Ugwu_NewPresentation) It is a good idea to save your work periodically.
  2. On the first slide, title the presentation “Module 9 Presentation” with your name in the subtitle box.
    A blank Microsoft Powerpoint is displayed.
  3. Add three more slides with these layouts: “Title and Content,” “Two Content,” and “Title and Content.”
    A Microsoft Powerpoint is open with 4 slides displayed.
  4. Add an image of your choice to the second slide and align this image to the left.
    A Microsoft Powerpoint is open with 4 slides displayed. On the second slide an image of a koala has been inserted.
  5. Add clip art to the third slide. Align the left object to the top of the slide. Align the right object to the bottom of the slide.
    A Microsoft Powerpoint is open with 4 slides displayed. On the third slide two clip art images have been inserted. There is an image of Charlie Brown and friends in the top right of the slide and a smiling yellow star on the bottom right.
  6. Create a SmartArt graphic on slide 4. You may copy the example, which shows a basic process. Choose your own color scheme. Any color other than the default blue color is acceptable.
    A Microsoft Powerpoint is open with 4 slides displayed. On the 4th slide a smart art graphic has been opened. There are three boxes from left to right. The one on the left is yellow and says "Open a File", there is a yellow arrow pointing right directly next to it. The box in the middle is green and states "Edit the file". In between the green box in the middle and a blue box on the right is a blue arrow pointing right.
  7. Save your work.

Check Your Understanding: Infographics and Custom Shapes

In this PowerPoint module, we discussed a variety of visual tricks and tips such as inserting images and creating SmartArt graphics. With these tools and a little cleverness, you can also create your very own infographics!

Watch the first video below:

Now consider these questions: What applications might the techniques in this video have? How can you improve your presentations with this feature? Share your opinions below and respond to two of your classmates’ thoughts.

If you are interested in learning more, here are some other videos that build upon the first video to finish creating the infographic:

Putting It Together

Now that you know some of the more visual-based tricks in PowerPoint, let’s take a look at our opening list of possible presentation goals and match those with the skills you just learned.

  1. You want to show a clip from an advertising campaign. You can achieve this by inserting the video and even trim it to a shorter segment.
  2. You want to provide a visual introduction of newly hired employees. You can easily insert headshots of the new employees, and can even use the grouping and arranging options to make sure everyone gets equal billing in photo size and position.
  3. You want to illustrate a particular work process with several steps. You can create a SmartArt graphic showing the work flow.

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