This step will guide you through the process of creating professional standard PowerPoints for each part of your course that you will use as backgrounds for your videos.
8a: Using PowerPoint
In this step you are going to create a PowerPoint for your videos. The slides will form the background for your course and will make it more interesting to watch for your students. The way you have already structured your course allows you to make these slides very quickly and easily.
Structure Of Your PowerPoint
Apart from the intro and conclusion, you are going to have a group of slides for each step. In each group, you will have the following format:
- Introduce the topic of the step (you will show the step title)
- Explain what they are going to learn in the step (you will show the learning points)
- One slide for each learning point (you will show the elements)
- One slide for the resources (you will show your resource explanation)
- One slide for the tasks (you will show your task explanation)
- One slide for a recap (again you will show the learning points)
What You Will Have To Do
You have prepared all of these parts already and you can copy the exact contents for each slide of your PowerPoint in the task section of this step. All you will have to do is to copy & paste the text from the task section into the slides. Apart from that, you are going to do some styling of the PowerPoint and create some free brand assets to make your PowerPoint professional quality.
8b: Course Slides
Here you can see what the contents of each slide will be.
Course Intro Slides
For your course intro, you are going to create two slides:
- Title Slide: The Name Of Your Course
- Overview Slide: List All The Steps In Your Course
For each step of your course, you are going to create a:
- Title Slide: Name of step
- This Lesson Slide: What This Lesson Will Cover (learning points from this step)
- Learning Point Slides: 1 Slide Per Learning Point (elements from each learning point)
- Resource Slide: An explanation of the resources for this step
- Task Slide: What the task for this step involves
- Recap Slide: A recap of what we covered in this lesson
- Next Lesson Slide: What You Will Cover Next Lesson
All of these PowerPoint slides will use the “Title & Content” format except for the Title Slide which will be “Title” Format. In PowerPoint, you can easily right-mouse click on the preview pane on the left and duplicate a slide.
Course Conclusion Slides
After all the steps are completed, you are going to create two slides:
- Recap Slide: List All The Steps In Your Course
- Congratulations Slide: Congratulate Your Students On Completing Your Course!
8c: Create Brand Assets
Go To Pixabay.com
It will help your PowerPoint if you have some consistent branding. You can find a large collection of transparent background images free to use from a great website called Pixabay.com Go to that website and sign up for a free account. You can sign up via Facebook login and it stops you from having to enter a captcha every time you download an image. Once you have signed up, type something into the search box and have a look through all the results. It helps to keep searches to one or two words, so that you don’t get “no results”.
If you want to get a cartoon or drawn image, it is easy to find them on Pixabay.com – click on the dropdown where it says “All Images” and select “Vector Graphics” or “Illustrations”. Then you will see a selection of images for your search term. Depending on the style of your presentation, you might want to include photos.
If you want to use your images on a coloured background, it will help if the images themselves have a transparent background. You can choose this by clicking on the “color” dropdown and selecting the box for transparent. By keeping your images in a similar or consistent style, you can make your presentation seem more professional.
For editing images, there are many programs you can use. To keep things cheap, you can use an online free image editor called pixlr – you can get there from this link. http://pixlr.com/editor
You can also use a free downloadable software package called paint.net. It has many functions and is completely free. Just go to http://getpaint.net
If you want to use a program that can edit images in bulk, try ImBatch which is available here: http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/products/imbatch
If you want to resize images in bulk, there is a great free website here which is quick and easy to use: https://bulkresizephotos.com/
8d: Decorate Your Slides
Once you have all the content in your slides, it’s easy in PowerPoint to make them look a bit nicer. Click on the design tab at the top of PowerPoint and you will see a range of themes. When you click on one of these themes, it will transform your entire presentation. You can also use variants which will show the themes in different colours.
Add Your Brand Assets
Now you can go through your slides and add any images that you have designed in the last part. You can consider using themed steps by using the same image for all slides in one step, then using a different image for all the slides in another step and so on.
Leave Room For The Webcam
Don’t forget you are going to be recording these videos with a webcam, so leave a small area on the screen empty where your webcam can be during the video recording. If you are uncomfortable appearing on the screen, you can record the screen without your webcam.