PowerPoint — love it? hate it? Most of us still feel we have to use it. I know that many of our readers are having to teach online — some for the first time. So you might appreciate this short post from the Faculty Focus website “How Much Multimedia Should You Add to PowerPoint Slides When Teaching Online?” (September 22, 2010).
This funny video (see below) calls to mind the worst of PowerPoint. Most of us need PowerPoint in the classroom — if nothing else just to keep on track. This article at Slate (May 5, 2010) “No More Bullet Points, No More Clip Art: PowerPoint isn’t evil if you know how to use it” offers some suggestions for better presentations. The author, Farhad Manjoo doesn’t like PowerPoints — we avoid them, too. Our books’ slides have almost no bullet points or cartoonish clipart.
Do you want to add vintage ads to your class presentations? Or do you want to buy posters of vintage ads? Or just like to look at old ads? If any of these appeal to you, go to the Vintage Ad Browser.
This instructional video shows you how to embed a YouTube video directly into a PowerPoint 2007 presentation. Note that you have to have an internet connection, sound connected, and it might take 5-10 seconds or more for the video to start up. If you need to do this in PowerPoint 2003, check out How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint (2003).
Yes you can – sometimes. It might be helpful to have a copy of a YouTube video or commercial on your computer hard drive — so you don’t have to rely on an internet connection to show it in class. A friend introduced me to a website (KeepVid) which allows you to download videos from YouTube and other sites. I have found this doesn’t work on all sites, including BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal. Still, for videos that download, you can show them in class without the need for a fast Internet connection.