Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Enhancing student engagement with animations, part of Office for Educators.
PowerPoint animations are a great way to keep students engaged during a lesson. While most of us are familiar with the basic bullet point animations where individual elements on a slide come up on a mouse click. You can also use what's called revealing animations or layered animations in order to hide content on your slide that you don't want revealed until certain point in the lesson. We're going to go ahead and combine some of these techniques to create a very basic slide that will allow our students to move through discovery of a concept at the pace that we choose as we control our presentation. In Microsoft PowerPoint, I've gone ahead and opened up the animation presentation, which is located in chapter seven of the exercise files.
I'm starting on slide number four, slide number two and slide number three will actually model for you the animations that we're creating in this presentation. Here on slide number four, there's a few things I'd like to have happen. First off, there's four bullet points that I'd like to come in individually so students can take guided notes. Then I have a variety of questions. Number one is an exploratory thinking question to get our students pondering what would happen if we cross-bred a purple pea plant with a white pea plant. Then I need to reveal the results of the crossbreed to the students. After the results are revealed, I would like students to go back and have an opportunity to reflect on that.
Let's go and get started by building these animations in. The first thing I'm going to do is deal with the bullet points. This is the easiest kind of animation to add. Highlighting the text, I'm going to go to the Animations tab, and I'm just going to tell them to appear. Now right away you'll see that they all show up with a number one next to them. If I left this as-is, all four of these bullet points would show up at the same time on a mouse click. Instead, I'm going to go over, and I'm going to choose to have these show up individually by selecting On Click. You'll notice now the numbers change to one. Two, three and four. That means four mouse clicks in is what it will take for this final bullet point to appear.
The next thing we want to have happen is we'd like this question to be revealed to the students. In order to do that I'm going to use a shape. From the Home menu I can go ahead and select in the Shape browser. This really basic cloud shape. To draw the cloud shape, I'm just going to click and drag it out until I think it covers the text. That looks good. And then I'm going to go ahead and quickly use control+C, or command+C on the Mac, to copy and paste this so I have two clouds. One for each question. Now on top of the cloud, I'd like to go ahead and label these question one and question two so the students know where to respond in their guided note sheet.
To do this, I'm going to go ahead and use a text box. To place a text box, I'm going to go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and I'm going to choose Text Box. I'm just going to drag a text box out over top of the first cloud and type Question one. Quickly center and format that text. Once again, I will highlight the text box, use control + C or command C on the mac and control + V or command V on the mac to copy and paste it. I'll put that over the second cloud, and I will go and change this to question two. Now, I'd like both the text box and the cloud to disappear at the same time.
What I need to do is make sure they're grouped together. With either the cloud or text box selected, I'm going to hold down the control key and I'm going to select the other one. You'll notice the small plus sign appears next to my cursor telling me I'm ready to select multiple items. With both items selected, I'm going to right-click and I'm going to choose to group these items together. Once these items are grouped, I can now play an animation to the entire group. Let's go to our Animations panel and I'm going to tell these ones I don't want them to appear I want them to disappear. So I'll drop down the menu, I'll come down to my Exit Options, and choose Disappear.
Now, as I reveal the question, I only want students to see that there's the purple and the white flower. I'd like the results blocked from them. So in order to do this, I'm going to go ahead, and go back to my home page. And I'm going to draw this really basic, rounded rectangle. I'm just going to cover up the results. And I'll go ahead and add another text box with some question marks so students will understand that what's hidden here is a question, something they need to figure out. I'll highlight that text, use the quick drop-down menu. Make it 66. I'll go ahead and highlight the text box. Highlight the background.
Once again with the right mouse click we will group these together and so now we can add another animation. So let's think about the order for a second. We want question one to be revealed, we've got that animation put into place. We want to give the students to ponder about the two flowers. Next we want to reveal the solution, so I go and select that box, go to my animations menu. Drop down to the more animations options, and choose Disappear. And then finally, we want Question 2, or the reflection question, to be revealed. Once again, I will Ctrl-click both those items, right mouse click and group them, go back to my animations menu, and select Disappear again.
So as the slide happens right now you can see the numbers one through four I'm going to bring in these four bullet points. Five question one is going to be revealed. Six the solution is going to be revealed and seven the reflection question's going to be revealed. So this is a nice combination of both appearing. And disappearing effects. Let's go ahead and talk about another type of animation, which is movement. Here I've got two flowers, that are the offspring from the first generation of crossbreeding. I would like my students to understand that the new generation came from the offspring of the first generation.
If I just put two purple flowers down here, my students might miss that, and I might have a misconception on my hands that I'll need to deal with later on. So I'm going to chose to use an animation to actually move these flowers from this location to the next location. To help us walk through this process, I'm going to go ahead and delete these two animations and show you how I did this. Let's go ahead and select the first flower we would like to animate. Under the Animation's drop-down menu, I'm going to select More Motion Paths. Here I've got a variety of options. I'm going to go and select Diagonal, Down and Right. Now, you might be noticing that, wait a minute, I don't want this flower to go down and right.
I want this flower to go down and left, but there is no Down and Left menu option. The reason being is it doesn't really matter which one I choose, as long as it's a straight line I can grab this flower and move it anywhere I'd like on this slide. I'm going to drag this flower over here, line it up using the hinting guides. Once I think it's in the place I like I'll release, and do the exact same thing for the second flower. Go back to animations. Chose more motion pass. Chose a down and right animation. Click okay. Take my second flower, and drag it into position.
There we go. Now if I go ahead and play this slide, I can see that the flowers will move one at a time, from the top location to the bottom location. To help students understand that these flowers came from the offspring of the first generation, and are the new parent plants for the second generation. There's a variety of ways that these animations can be beneficial to you and your classroom. A couple things to try are to have a variety of numbers and symbols such as plus signs, multiplication signs, and equal signs, and on a mouse click, having them rearrange themselves into equations that students then need to solve.
This will definitely increase student engagement and hopefully will be fun for you creating the lesson.
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Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/01/2014. What changed?
A: We added a brand new chapter on Office Mix, the PowerPoint plugin that allows educators to record interactive presentations and test students with quizzes.
Q: This course was updated on 10/15/2015. What changed?
A. We added videos for OneNote, OneDrive, and Office Online. OneDrive replaced SkyDrive as the cloud-based file service.