Showing posts with label Free PowerPoint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free PowerPoint. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Free Timer Templates for PowerPoint Presentations

Over the years I have featured a lot of free countdown timers that you can use in your classroom. At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year I published this list of recommended countdown timers. Here's one more option to consider, using a timer in a PowerPoint slide.

Microsoft offers a couple of timer templates that you can use in your PowerPoint presentations. You can find those templates in this template gallery (use Control+F to search the gallery). You can use the default timer settings in the slides or you can modify them.

Applications for Education
Putting a timer on a slide can help you create a sense of urgency to complete an activity. Using a timer is also a great way to keep a break from running too long.

When I give conference presentations I usually include short breaks for teachers to talk to each other. Using a timer always helps me refocus the audience after those conversation breaks.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

PowerPoint Playbook - Animating Numbered Lists

Last fall I featured Tom Richey's free PowerPoint and video collection for AP US History and AP European History students. Tom's YouTube channel is full of excellent tutorials for history students. In many of those videos you see Tom's face in the corner of the screen while PowerPoint slides support his points. Now Tom has started a video series about how to get the most out of PowerPoint. The first video in his new PowerPoint Playbook is about animating numbered lists. See the video below.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Free PowerPoint Templates for Teachers and Students

We've all seen plenty of poorly designed slides that have harsh color schemes, fonts that are too small, or otherwise just don't look quite right. Fortunately, there is help for those of us who struggle with visual design. Sites like SlideModel, SlideHunter, and FPPT offer slide design templates that we can use in PowerPoint, OpenOffice Impress, and Google Slides.

SlideHunter is a free website containing a collection of free slide decks. These slides can be downloaded then imported into PowerPoint, OpenOffice Impress, or Google Slides. Pro tip for Google Slides users, you can import all of the slides or select just the ones that have the layout you want. Once you've imported the slide templates you can modify them to fit your needs. And if you don't need complete slides, but just a piece of artwork or a diagram template, you can find those on SlideHunter too. I'm a big fan of this design that I found on SlideHunter.

FPPT is another site that offers free PowerPoint templates for teachers and students. You can search for templates on FPPT according to category, tag, or even color scheme. There is an education section on the site. In the education section I found this neat template for a history presentation.

SlideModel is a website that offers professionally designed PowerPoint slide templates. When converted, the templates also work in OpenOffice and Google Slides. You can register for a free account on SlideModel to receive their free template of the week. There is also an option to upgrade to plans with unlimited slide template access.

Disclosure: SlideModel is currently an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com