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Using Microsoft PowerPoint in the Classroom (K-12)/Flex One-Unit Course


Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint in your classroom for instructional purposes? The online course teaches educators how to use various functions in the ribbon to create effective presentations and classroom activities. The functions include inserting graphics, animation, audio, and video. Additionally, strategies on how to design and manage student multimedia projects are discussed. Content uses PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This course is worth 1 semester unit/1.5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The information gained in this course was valuable. I had worked with PP before but did not have any idea that I could do so much with the platform." - Kirk Hortemiller


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $68 (regularly $80)

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $136


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Introduction Quick Reference Guide” by Beezix, Inc.

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 8T03

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41521

Unit One

  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Adding and Organizing Slides
  • Inserting and Editing Text
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Tables, Images, and Illustrations
  • Embedding Video and Adding Audio
  • Using Animation and Transition Effects
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Integrating Links and Interactive Elements
  • Applying Aesthetics
  • Planning for the Development of a Presentation
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Student Multimedia Projects
  • Collaborating, Sharing, and Presenting
  • PowerPoint-Based Activities
  • Test #4