Skip to main content

Week of PowerPoint (1) - The iPad App

PowerPoint: the go-to presentation tool in most classrooms. 

It’s a favourite with a lot of teachers, it does everything you need it to and it’s easy to use. Over the last year PowerPoint has undergone quite a few updates, and added in lots of new features to help in the classroom. In case you missed anything, this week I’m going to round up a few of my favourite additions in a blog post series ‘The Week of PowerPoint’. 

I’m going to kick off the series by introducing you to the PowerPoint iPad app. It’s been around a while and most of you will have it installed on your iPads - but do you use it? Granted, it’s difficult to build a whole presentation with text and images on the iPad version, however as a tool to just display presentations you already have, it’s definitely a game changer. 

When presenting a presentation from the iPad app you can use your finger as a pointer to focus on key areas, you can draw with your finger directly on the slides and navigate through your slides whilst standing anywhere in the room. 

Here’s how: 

1. Make sure you have the PowerPoint app installed on your iPad. You will also need to be set-up with AirServer so you can mirror what is on your iPad screen onto the big screen.  

2. Open a presentation you already have in the app. If you save all of your files in Google Drive, the easiest way to do this is by finding the file in the Drive app > open the options menu by clicking the three dots > Open in > Copy to PowerPoint. Once the presentation is open in the PowerPoint app, then save a copy to the iPad. 

3. Put your presentation into Presenter mode by clicking the Play button at the top or selecting Slide Show > From Start

4. To use the Pointer - simply press and hold on the screen to display the pointer and then move it around whilst pressing onscreen

5. To draw on the slide click along the top and select the Pen. You can also change the pen colour and size using the Pen Settings icon

6. To navigate through the slides simply press to the left or right of the screen

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

So External Hard Drives and Pen Drives are going to be banned...

We've taken the decision to ban external hard drives and pen-drives from all Trust computers and from all of our premises with effect from 1st January 2018. From that date they just won't work when you plug them into one of our computers. This article hopefully points the way for how to continue to work successfully without that trusted friend. This could inconvenience people - people that use them and me*

Every school still has one or two people that carry everything to and from work every day on that external disc they bought four or five years ago - I know of one colleague who has more than ten year's material on there, and another that lost everything when the drive failed and they had no backup. The ban comes from a security review where these devices were identified as one of our highest risks because:

From a data protection point of view, we know people know not to put any kind of personal or confidential data onto one, but there is always the risk of human error.The…

eLearning Scrapbook of Ideas

Our eLearning Conference is coming up fast and a number of ideas and mini-projects are coming up to release for it. One of these is what we've been calling internally a 'Playbook' then a 'Scrapbook.'

The premise is simple - we have the privilege of working with a lot of very clever people around the DRET Academies and often, something to them that seems mundane or just something they thought they'd show us as an afterthought turns out to be an idea we're blown away by and need to share. Over the year this has happened during visits to other people, at staff CPD events and through the blog, but we wanted to collect them together better. We have picked up many of these snippets and are making "top tips" website for our staff that will be publicly available with help videos etc very shortly.

Sometimes though you need a "brochure" version - on paper - to get attention. So we've packaged together a sample and had it printed for delegates…

Login to Our eLibrary

We've just taken delivery of banners and posters to promote our eLibrary at every one of the David Ross Education Trust academies - here is the handout to go with it.