MS Power Point
Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation software designed to allow users to create slide-based presentations including video and images, as well as slide transitions and animations. It can be used by teachers and students as a way of creating slideshows.
PowerPoint allows users to share the presentations live, in the room, as well as digitally online via a video conference interface. Students can also work through a presentation in their own time, making this a versatile way to communicate. But with lots of complex functionality, designed for more than classroom use, is this a tool that can be difficult to learn, and is it better than free alternatives.
PowerPoint can be an effective tool to present material in the classroom and encourage student learning. You can use PowerPoint to project visuals that would otherwise be difficult to bring to class.
For example, in an anthropology class, a single PowerPoint presentation could project images of an anthropological dig from a remote area, questions asking students about the topic, a chart of related statistics, and a mini quiz about what was just discussed that provides students with information that is visual, challenging, and engaging.
Using PowerPoint in the seminar style classroom can create a sense of technological continuation between the classrooms. It automatically creates a sense of formality in a classroom. Many students respond to PowerPoint the same way they respond to a lecture.
PowerPoint for mobile
PowerPoint Mobile is included with Windows Mobile 5.0. It is a presentation program capable of reading and editing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, although authoring abilities are limited to adding notes, editing text, and rearranging slides. It can’t create new presentations.
In 2015, Microsoft released PowerPoint Mobile for Windows 10 as a universal app. In this version of PowerPoint users can create and edit new presentations, present, and share their PowerPoint documents.
PowerPoint for the web
PowerPoint for the web is a free lightweight version of Microsoft PowerPoint available as part of Office on the web, which also includes web versions of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
PowerPoint for the web does not support inserting or editing charts, equations, or audio or video stored on your PC, but they are all displayed in the presentation if they were added in using a desktop app. Some elements, like WordArt effects or more advanced animations and transitions, are not displayed at all, although they are preserved in the document. PowerPoint for the web also lacks the Outline, Master, Slide Sorter, and Presenter views present in the desktop app, as well as having limited printing options.
Use cases/examples of usage: (tutorial)
Strenght: Now you can easily insert 3D objects and embedded animations directly into PowerPoint decks from your own files or a library of content. Easily ink onto a slide, then convert handwritten notes into text and make hand-drawn shapes perfect in seconds.
Weakness: The download version is not free, the “remove background” feature could be a bit more user friendly. Students with visual or hearing impairments may not be able to fully access a PowerPoint presentation, especially those with graphics, images, and sound.
People opinion about the tool: https://www.g2.com/products/microsoft-powerpoint/reviews
Similar Tool: PowerPoint Presentation Design Service; Openoffice; Keynote.
Technical and operational requirements: PC in order to create the Play; a mobile/PC in order to play it.