QM2 Insert

11. Powerful Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint

This video is an overview for getting started with this Quest. (0:57)
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Now your work begins! Each person is responsible for their slide (or slides) and for completing the following steps. We have provided three videos to help you with the process. 

I Can Statements

  • collaborate online to create a presentation with an attractive design theme

  • add a variety of content (including a textbox, shape, photos or images) to a slide presentation using slide Insert actions 

  • cite the source of information inserted on the slide appropriately

  • carryout online research and insert a hyperlink to the sources used

Key Vocabulary

Insert: To insert is to put or introduce into something.

Text box: A text box is a rectangular object on a worksheet or chart in which you can type text.

Hyperlink: A hyperlink is an address that refers to another location, such as a website, a different slide, or an external file

Shape: A shape is an element of art that is two-dimensional, flat, or limited to height and width.

Citation: A citation is a written reference to a specific work (book, article, dissertation, report, musical composition, etc.) by a particular author or creator which identifies the document in which the work may be found.

Screenshot: A screenshot is an image of the data displayed on the screen of a computer or mobile device.

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1. Add your name or initials to each slide you are assigned in the title area. After the title of the slide, write a more descriptive name, if applicable.

2. On your slide or if you have more than one slide assigned to you, include the following (slide requirements may be modified by your teacher):

  • Two pictures (photos or images) with proper citations
  • Four types of information in text boxes (one could be the image citation)
  • A link to a website about your slide content that you found in your research
  • A shape to enhance the design and content

There are three videos to demonstrate how to complete these insert activities. The Part 1 video is located at the top of this page.

3. In Quest QM1 Create, there are nine slides listed and one or more has been assigned to you or a group member. In Step two above, you are asked to make sure and include four types of information in textboxes. When you are fulfilling these requirements, there are many things you can research to support your slide topic. Research resources are available in the content box below. You are required to include a location (country you have chosen) on the first slide slide.

Then you may include the some of the following types of information:

  1. Personal Reflection
  2. Interesting Facts
  3. Population
  4. Definitions
  5. Culture
  6. Climate
  7. Geography
  8. Famous People

NOTE: The Bibliography/Credits could be on a separate slide at the end of your presentation. If you do this, make sure your teacher is able to determine who created each slide. Creating a Credits Slide would give you more room on your main slides. The tools to create a Bibliography are easy using the citation makers on Thing 14 Search Strategies Q4

4. Part One video demonstrates how to insert an image onto a slide. It shows searching maps.google.com, taking a screenshot, adding it to a slide using the shortcuts for Paste.

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5. Part Two video demonstrates how to add a text box, hyperlink to the source to give credit, and add a shape.

PDF transcript of this video (2:40)

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When you complete your research, you may use databases from MeL (Michigan Electronic Library). Most schools in Michigan have a direct link to MeL from their school media center. Great databases to choose from are Britannica School, Opposing ViewPoints and Explora for Middle School. 

  • Note: If you live in a state other than Michigan, check your state or school library for similar databases. 
  • You may also use find the following sites helpful for your research:
  1. The World Factbook

  2. Pure Michigan

  3. BrainPop - Geography 

  • When you do research, the information that you use must be cited properly. You can use any of the examples below to cite your work: 
  1. BibMe

  2. Citation Machine (Click on CMachine after reading the instructions)

When you do your research for images, it is helpful to look for public domain images that are shared freely for education. 

  1. Pixabay is a great site for free images. Note: Do not use the top row as they are Shutterstock images and there is a fee to use them.

  2. Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education.

  3. Photos For Class are properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school. 

  4. Iconfinder provides beautiful icons to millions of designers and developers. Type in the name of the clipart or icon you are searching for, then select ALLOWED FOR COMMERCIAL USE for images that are free to use.

  5. You could also take your own pictures. Remember not to include people in your pictures unless they are over 18 and they have given their permission.

  6. Use Remove.bg to remove the background from a person in a photo! A NEW cool tool. Here's a demo tutorial video using Microsoft (6:31)

*** If you are using pictures from the Internet you must cite the image properly:

Completing this Quest

When you have completed this Quest, review the I Can Statements. Check with your teacher when the group has successfully completed all the steps in the Quest.

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Ready for Quest QM3 Format

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

6. Creative Communicator
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences

7. Global Communicator
b. With guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal