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Slide transitions can be a dangerous area for an educator. While they have the ability to give your presentation a polished look they can also cause distractions and take away from your content. In this video we're going to talk about educator best practices using slide transitions. We'll learn how to hide the transition. And we'll also learn how to make the transition pop. We're going to use slide transitions to cause movement as well as color change. The presentation we're using for this is the transitions presentation, which is found in chapter 7 of the Exercise Files. If you'd like to follow along, we're starting on slide 15. The first 14 slides in this presentation are an overview of what we'll be creating in this video, and they'll also model for you some of the color change, movement change I'll give you an example of an inappropriate slide transition.
The first thing I'd like to talk about, before we do any kind of work, is how to hide slide transitions. Sometimes during an introduction of new material, I'd like students to feel that the content on the slide is updating but the entire slide itself isn't changing. Often, I will take a small icon such as this flower that I've placed in the upper right-hand corner, and I'll keep it the same for a variety of slides. You can see even just as I scroll through these slides the header and the flower remain in the same position, which gives the slide a feeling of just having the content update, not the whole slide. This is going to help students flow with the lesson.
Sometimes, though, you want the entire slide to change. For example, when I move to group work time, or if I'm moving to an instructional time, I might even change the background of the slide to indicate to the students that we're in a new part of the lesson. It's important to think about how you'd like your transitions to play out in your classroom. The first thing we're going to do is talk about how we can simulate movement with a slide transition. The goal of this is to use the flowers from the offspring of the First Generation of Crossbreeding and show our students that they are becoming the new parents in the new generation of flowers. The reason I don't want to just put two new purple flowers here is there might be a misconception that these purple flowers somehow are not related to the first generation of breeding.
To do that we're going to use a special feature called Duplicate Slide. In the left-hand navigation I'm going to select the slide I'd like to duplicate. I'm going to right mouse click and select Duplicate Slide from the drop down menu. Now the first thing I'd like to do is add an arrow to show the students that these images are about to move. Here, I've selected a basic arrow under the Home Drawing menu. I'm going to drag that arrow out showing that this flower is going to move to the first parent position, select the arrow again, drag it at the second arrow out to show the second flower's going to move. And I'm going to format these arrows by clicking on the arrow, right-clicking and choosing Format Shape.
Once the format shaped dialogue box is open on the right side. I'm going to come down to width. And I'm going to make these a 2.75 width arrow. With the dialogue box still open, I can select the second arrow, and make the same change. There we go. So now we've got one slide, slide 15. As we transition to slide 16 using a fade transition, it'll look as if arrows appear in an animation. What we'll then do is go ahead and copy slide 16 by doing a right mouse click, and duplicate slide. And for this slide, we're going to go ahead and move the flowers. I'm going to grab the flower number one, use the guide hinting to align it to the flower directly above it.
Grab flower number two, once again, using the guide hints, see how it looks like it's centred. And already, as we go through these slides, I can see that we had flowers, arrows appeared, and the flowers moved. This will help students understand that those flowers were the offspring of the first generation. The last thing we're going to do is go ahead and copy the slide one more time, using the Duplicate Slide feature. In slide 18, we're going to re-select the arrows, and this time I'm going to come over to color and change them to a bright red color.
I'm going to do this with both arrows. Now these slides already have a fade transition applied to them. If I go to the Transitions menu, and I click on the slide, I can see that Fade is already applied. Please note that there are effect options, and I want to make sure these are fading smoothly through, not through black. From this slide, I can go ahead and play it by hitting Shift+F5. And we can see what we did. Here, as that fade transition happens, my arrows appear. Then my flowers move. And now I'm going to emphasize the flowers by turning those arrows red.
Now, you may be asking yourself, can't we accomplish this using an animation? And we did do that in a previous video. We animated these two flowers moving from one location to the next. And while the animation happened in a single slide, this takes four slides. One of the benefits choosing transitions over animations are that it actually did take four slides. If I had an animation and then wanted to print out my Power Point slides, either to help accommodate a student that has poor eyesight or, if I had a student that was absent and I'd like to give them the presentation, that animation would not print out very well.
Yet here, doing the same animation transitions, the student would be able to follow the four different slides sequentially. And understand that the flowers move from the offspring of the first generation, to become the parents of the second generation.
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