Cruising Around Pahokee/ A Power Point Slide Show
Lesson Created by Patricia Janann Nicholson

Start PowerPoint:

  • Start Power Point from your programs menu.
  • Choose blank presentation from your start up menu, then select OK.

  • Choose the blank page from your auto layout, then click OK.

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Create a Title Page Using WordArt:

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.

  • Find the blue capital A on your WordArt toolbar. If you don't see it, click view on your standard toolbar, select toolbars, then select WordArt. The toolbar looks like this:
  • Click on the WordArt button to open the WordArt Gallery. Select a WordArt style from the given selection by double clicking on the style. Click OK.
  • The Edit WordArt Text dialog box will open.
  • Choose the font style and size that you want for your text.
  • Place your cursor in the Text box and type the title of your slide show "Cruising Around Pahokee," then click OK. Notice that small white boxes appear around the text. You can resize your text by holding down the left mouse button and dragging your text till you get it the size you want. You can also move the text around the page by moving your cursor around your text until an arrow appears. This lets you know that if you now hold down the left mouse button, it will allow you to move the text instead of resize it. Now you will experiment with formatting the WordArt text. Right click on your text, then choose format WordArt. A box will open with several options to choose from.

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Editing WordArt:

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.

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Inserting Text Boxes:

Now you will insert two text boxes that will display the words "by" and "your name."

  • Select the text button on the drawing toolbar to open the text box which will hold these words. If you don't see this button, click view on your standard toolbar, then select toolbars, then drawing from your selection list.
  • After clicking the text button, click on the page to open the text box.
  • In the first text box type the letters "by" and in the second type "your name."
  • Position them on your page where you get the best effect.

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Adding A Background To Your Slide:

The next thing you will do is add a background to the title slide.

  • Choose format from the standard toolbar, then select background.
  • Locate the blank line at the bottom of the slide. Click on the arrow to open a selection list. Look at the fill effects option first, then the colors to find the right background for your presentation. When you have found the background you want, click the apply button, not the apply to all because we only want the background to appear on the title page.

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Adding Transitions:

You will now add transitions to your WordArt and the two text boxes to give your presentation a more professional look.

  • Click on the WordArt text box to activate it.
  • Select Slide Show, and then Preset Animation. The custom animation box will open.
  • Make sure the Effects tab is selected.

  • You will need to select the text you want to apply the transition. Place a checkmark in the box beside the text boxes until you find the box that places small white boxes around the word by. (The above example shows picture frame 3 selected which represents the flower graphic.) When you place a checkmark in the box beside the text, it will unlock the effects panel.
  • Choose several different effects to see how each look by clicking on the preview button after each selection.

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Apply Order and Timing to Slide Presentation:

Set your presentation to run by itself without you having to click on the mouse to change slides by following the directions below:

  • Make sure that you have the Timing tab selected.

  • Under Slide objects without animation, double-click the objects you want to animate.
  • Use the up and down arrows to the right of Animation Order to change the sequence in which objects will appear (move objects up or down in the list).
  • Under Start Animation set the timing (when objects will appear).
  • Select each object and then do one of the following:
    • Under Check to animate slide objects, put a checkmark in the box next to the objects you want to animate.
    • Use the up and down arrows to the right of Animation Order to change the sequence in which objects will appear (move objects up or down in the list).
    • Under Start Animation set the timing (when objects will appear).
    • Select each object and then do one of the following:
      • To start the animation by clicking the object, select the On mouse click option.
      • To start the animation automatically, select the Automatically option, and then enter the number of seconds you want to have elapse since the previous animation.

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Inserting a New Slide:

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 web page and typing your search word in the search box.

To insert a slide into a presentation:
  • Select the slide you want the new slide to appear after..
  • Select Insert on the Menu Toolbar, then New Slide from the drop-down menu or click the new slide button on the standard toolbar.
  • Choose the page layout from the window
  • Press OK.

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The Drawing Toolbar:

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:

  • First, click the rectangle on your drawing toolbar, then drag the rectangle to fit across you slide.
  • Click the arrow by the fill button to choose the color of your road, then click in the rectangle to fill it with color.
  • Now you will create small rectangles to represent the lines in the road. Fill these lines with a yellow color. When you have the road the way you want it, you will group them together so the road becomes one.
  • While holding down your shift key, click all the rectangle to select them, then right click, chose grouping, the select group.
  • Now try to move the road. All the rectangles have become one object. If you want to edit them in the future, right click again on the road, select grouping, then select ungroup.

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.

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Rehearse Timing:

Follow the below directions to set the timing on your entire slide show presentation:

  • Click on the Slide Sorter View button located at the bottom left side of your screen (it has four squares on the button).
  • Click Slide 1, then click the Rehearse Timing button (the button that looks like a alarm clock) on the Slide Sorter toolbar. A small timing box appears in the lower-left corner of the screen with a current accumulated time for the slide. You can click the timing box or the slide to accept the time and continue to the next slide.
  • Click each slide to give it a slide time
  • Click Yes to record the new slide timings
  • Click View on the menu bar, click Slide Show. Your slide show should proceed with the timing you have entered
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.

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