4 Quick Tips to Create an Engaging PowerPoint Presentation

Engaging PowerPoint presentations will help to keep your students actively engaged with your content throughout your whole entire lesson. Adding interactivity to your presentations can be done with little effort, and luckily without making major adjustments to your existing slides.

From navigating your slides in a new way to using interactive slides, there is a tip for every teacher to enjoy upgrading their presentation. Below, are four quick tips for you to implement so that your next presentation is interactive and engaging.

Tip 1: Hyper-Links 

Insert hyperlinks to your slides

The first tip to create a more interactive presentation is to build hyperlinks into your slideshow. Use these links to easily move through your presentation in a non-linear way. You are able to jump to different points in your slideshow, without having to tab between every slide in between.

This tip can be applied in every presentation you make. You can use it to create a game, or when you are referencing a particular slide very often throughout your presentation.

To add a hyperlink to take you from one slide to another, insert a shape or an image, or use text to attach the link to. This way, when you click on the shape, image, or text during your slideshow, it will directly lead you to the linked slide.

Once your shape, photo or, text is placed on your slide, highlight the text or click on the shape or image. Then, go to the Link icon under the Insert tab. Click “Place in this document,” and select the slide you would like to link to. Continue this process for any other slides in your presentation!

Tip: Add a hyperlink back to your next slide in the sequence so that you can continue on with your presentation!

Tip 2: Transitions & Animations 

Add transitions to your slides

Now that you have the hyperlinks down, let’s add some animations and transitions to each slide to add some pizzaz to your interactive PowerPoint presentation.

Begin by adding transitions between your slides. There are many eye-catching transitions to choose from in the Transitions pivot. When you choose one, a quick preview will appear on the slide. Apply the same transition to all your slides with the button on the top ribbon, or go through and add one to each slide.

Next, let’s add animations to certain objects on your slides. This will allow you to reveal or take away information on the slides as you wish.

Similar to adding a link, click on a shape, text, or image to add the animation to, and in the animations tab, choose between entering, during, or exiting animations. By clicking on an animation you will see the preview.

Once you have chosen the correct animations, you can edit the order they appear in the Animations Pane window. Slowly revealing information on your slides will help keep your students engaged and on task.

Tips 3: Interactive Quizzes  

Interactive PowerPoint Presentation

The third tip to create a more interactive PowerPoint presentation is to add interactive quizzes into your slides. You can use this to receive real-time student responses during your class. Both students and teachers can benefit from receiving feedback on their teaching/understanding of the lesson.

To add in your interactive questions there are many different applications you can use like Poll Everywhere, PearDeck, or Mentimeter. However, we recommend using ClassPoint, a free interactive teaching add-in, because everything is integrated right in PowerPoint and you don’t have to have two applications open.

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To make your slide an interactive question slide with ClassPoint, you just need to add the correct question type and set the correct options.

Once you have added a question button to your slide, students will be able to join your class and respond to these questions on their own devices.

These interactive quiz questions can be turned into a quiz competition to be used to review and test your students’ knowledge. Gamifiying aspects in your classroom allows students to learn new things in an exciting way! Learn how to make your own Quiz competition in ClassPoint.

Tip 4: Annotations

Interactive PowerPoint Presentation

Lastly, tip number four: add in annotations to your slides while you are presenting. Within PowerPoint, there are 3 different ways you can do this.

The first way:

  • When you are in editing your PowerPoint presentations. Go to the draw tab and begin annotating anywhere on your slides. This way gives you some extra features, like Ink to Shape; however, the downfall to this is that you won’t be able to have your slides full screen.

The second way:

  • If you want to annotate full screen you can do so with limited capabilities. In addition, it is a bit difficult to get to. When presenting your slides, hover over the pencil in the bottom right-hand corner and choose your writing tool.

The third way:

  • In my opinion, the easiest way to annotate on slides to create a more interactive PowerPoint presentation is through the ClassPoint Toolbar. With ClassPoint, I can define my pens and easily click the one I want to use when I want to add something to the slides. Quick access here is key. 

In addition, if I need more space, I can add a whiteboard slide with the ClassPoint Toolbar! These two things are a great way to keep my slides interactive and different from any other old presentation.

Read more about the annotation and whiteboard tools on the ClassPoint toolbar.

These four tips are guaranteed to change up the way you present and turn your presentation into a more engaging interactive lesson. Let us know in the comments below if you have any other ways you like to create interactive PowerPoint presentations.

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