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Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Saturday, December 5, 10:15–11:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Matthew Nickerson  
People's Choice winner. What ONE program you can use to create: Timelines, Screencasts, tutorials, StoryBoards, Comic Strips, Choose-your-Own- Adventure Stories, Customized sticky notes, Adaptive graphic organizers, Newsletters, Prezi-like slideshows, Backgrounds, Moving 3D models? Gives students feedback when they practice presenting, and has hundreds of education-themed templates? Surprise, it's PowerPoint!

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Some of the features require the desktop version of PowerPoint installed on a Windows or iOS device, but many are also (or only) on the free Office 365 (online) version of PowerPoint and can be accessed on a Chromebook.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
Related exhibitors:
Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

While PowerPoint remains the premier standard for creating and delivering presentations with text and images, most people are unfamiliar with tips and tricks to both make such presentations more engaging, but also ways to create them more efficiently. In addition, there are a number of accessibility features that are part of PowerPoint that most educators are unaware of. Besides these considerations about presentations, there are countless other uses for PowerPoint utilizing the powerful recording, drawing and translation tools, as well as the variety of options for inserting objects, files and media. In short, PowerPoint has become the most versatile content creation tool right under our teachers' and students' noses.


In this fast-paced session, we will model all of the following features in PowerPoint. All will be demonstrated, and we will walk through how to create or turn on may of the tools.
PowerPoint Live, Presentation Translator and Live Captions
Presentation Rehearser
PNG images/Remove backgrounds
Create backgrounds
Pixton Comic Maker
Align and distribute
Animation Morph
Combine shapes
Screen record
Slide record
Graphic organizers
Drawing Tools
Shape crop/picture
See-through Text boxes
Personalized sticky notes

Supporting research

Craig, R., & Amernic, J. (2006). PowerPoint Presentation Technology and the Dynamics of Teaching. Innovative Higher Education, 31(3), 147-160. Retrieved 9 25, 2019, from

Gunderman, R. B., & McCammack, K. C. (2010). PowerPoint: know your medium. Journal of The American College of Radiology, 7(9), 711-714. Retrieved 9 25, 2019, from

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Matthew Nickerson, AACPS

After 20 years as a Special Educator, Matthew, an Instructional Technology Specialist, delivers PD full-time, year-round. He has trained thousands of educators around the country as a Nearpod PioNear, as a trainer with Microsoft training partner i2e, in addition to delivering PD in his own district. He has presented at CUE, NCCE, ILA, FETC and PETE&C as well as several local Maryland conferences. He is an Microsoft MIE Expert and Master Trainer. Author of All the Microsoft Tools You Need to Transform Your Classroom: 75 Ideas for using Microsoft Office 365 for Education

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