Presentation Skills in the Classroom

presentation skills in the classroom

Presentation software offers a motivating and comprehensive way for students to demonstrate their learning by creating a slideshow. A slideshow presentation is a formal display of information organized onto slides to show or explain a concept to an audience. Students apply technology skills to arrange text, pictures, diagrams, graphs, sound, and video onto slides. Animations and transitions can be included to add interest to the show. A presentation can act as a visual aid during a lecture or speech. In Microsoft PowerPoint, the presentation file can also be viewed as a kiosk, video, web page, or handout.

Students can learn presentation skills by completing a variety of projects.

Presentation Skills

Presentation Skills

When selecting a product you want students to create using a presentation program it is essential to determine the technology skills that are required. In addition, you must consider the students’ grade level and previous computer experience prior to selecting a task. Presentation skills can be grouped into basic and advanced levels of difficulty.

Basic Presentation Skills:

    • insert text into a placeholder
    • format text: font, style, size, and color
    • select a slide layout
    • apply a slide design
    • customize the color scheme
    • customize the font scheme
    • apply a background to a slide
    • insert and format WordArt
    • insert and format clip art
    • insert and format picture
    • draw and format shapes
    • scale, move, and rotate objects
    • spell check a presentation
    • play the slideshow
    • apply transitions
    • apply simple animations
    • print a slideshow as a handout
    • create speaker notes
Advanced Presentation Skills

  • save a slideshow as a web page
  • save a slideshow as a kiosk
  • create a slide master
  • display information in a graphic organizer
  • insert and format tables
  • narrate a slideshow
  • set slide timings
  • insert video or audio and adjust settings
  • add action buttons
  • group and align slide objects
  • sort slides in Slide Sorter view
  • use screen navigation tools
  • use the pen during a presentation
  • apply custom animation
  • customize headers and footers
  • add screen tips
  • bookmark a location on a slide
  • create a hyperlink to a bookmark

Integrate presentation technology skills into curriculum to create meaningful learning experiences for your students. Presentations are a creative and relevant way to hook students’ interest as they demonstrate their knowledge using multimedia.


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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