Cruising Around Pahokee/
A Power Point Slide
Lesson Created by Patricia Janann Nicholson
You are going to make a title page for your slide show. The first thing you will create is the title and you will use WordArt to accomplish this.
You may at any time edit your WordArt object to add or change the words from the original. Just double-click the object to reopen the dialog box, place your mouse cursor at the point in the text that has to be changed. When finished click on the OK button. Reposition the object attractively on your document if necessary. When you click on the WordArt, you are selecting it. When you select the WordArt, the WordArt toolbar will appear:
The Shape button on the WordArt toolbar says ABC on the face of the icon. When you click on it, a grid of 40 different shapes appears.
You can select a different shape for your WordArt object by clicking on the shape you wish to change your WordArt to. Click the WordArt object to make it active and then click the icon with the paint can and brush. See that the first tab is selected that says Colors and Lines.
The next step is to drop down the arrow next to the color box in the Fill portion of the dialog box (upper-third). As you can easily see, this format box controls just about everything you would want to do with this object.
Choose a Preset color arrangement from the Gradient tab of the dialog box. Experiment with several until you find one that suits you.
Choose the Texture tab. Choose a texture from the list. There are 24 different textures for you to try.
The Patterns tab of the Fill Effects dialog box allows you to play not only with color for the foreground and background, but pattern lines as well.
The last dialog box is for Pictures to be used as fills.
You can change the Shadow shape, color and line color very easily. On the Drawing toolbar you'll see on the far right end two icons that deal with Shadow and 3-D . Select your WordArt object then choose the shadow icon.
The pop-up menu (below), will appear for you to select a shadow type to suit your need.
If you select the Shadow Settings... button at the bottom you will be given more choices to use and a lot more control. There may be times when your shadow color would be more appropriate if it matched the color used in the background instead of the silver color that is defaulted. More Shadow Colors... gives you more colors to work with than you'll ever be able to use!
Choose More Shadow Colors... to pick a different shade if you choose.
The 3-D feature will change the look of your work and allows you to be a little more creative. Be sure to select the WordArt object then click on the 3-D button on the Drawing toolbar. Next choose the direction and amount of extrusion desired for your object.
You may wish to experiment with the lighting (angle of direct light to create the 3-D effect) by clicking on the blue lamp icon from the 3-D Settings toolbar.
There are 8 angles to choose from, each will be demonstrated on the center cube. You may also choose Bright, Normal or Dim lighting. (The ways to tweak this puppy are almost endless; so don't get too carried away.) You may choose a color for your extruded portion as well as the face of the object, more fun for you!
Experiment with the fill colors and fill effects choice to see how it effects your text. Also experiment with the size and position options to see how your text changes.
Now you will insert two text boxes that will display the words "by" and "your name."
The next thing you will do is add a background to the title slide.
You will now add transitions to your WordArt and the two text boxes to give your presentation a more professional look.
Set your presentation to run by itself without you having to click on the mouse to change slides by following the directions below:
Now you will insert a new slide that will contain the graphics that represent a cruise through Pahokee. Your entire slide show will contain your title page along with four slides. You will save these graphics to your student folder (right click on image, chose save as, then type in the name you assign to the graphic). You want to choose things that are representative of this area (corn fields, rabbits, the marina, the lake, sky diving, etc.) Some useful web sites are:
You can also do a search for your graphics by name (car graphics, palm tree animated gifs, etc.) by going to Yahoo.com web page and typing your search word in the search box.
You will now become aquatinted with your drawing toolbar. To make sure it is open, click view, and if a check appears by drawing toolbar, it is open in your program. The drawing toolbar is usually located at the bottom of your screen. This is what you should see:
You will first create a road like the image below:
Next, find a car graphic and insert it on your page. You don't have to have an animated car because you can apply the transition of having the car move across the page. When you have your car graphic in place, continue applying graphics that represents the surroundings in Pahokee. You will continue adding three more slides, representing three different scenes you might see in town. For example, one slide could represent the airport where skydivers are filling the sky. Another slide could be of the Pahokee Marina and campground where you would use boats, jetskies, fishing, etc. to represent activities that take place there. Use the different features on the drawing toolbar to add your own art work to the page. Every student will have a different slide show, representing different scenery's in Pahokee. When you have all your slides and transitions in place, you will need to set the slide timing in order to control the time a slide appears on the page.
Follow the below directions to set the timing on your entire slide show presentation:
The last thing you need to do is add some cruising music to your file. Save the midi file below and embed it in your presentation.
Save and close the presentation.