What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers

Now that Office 2010 is so close to the release date, I thought it would be a good time to start sharing a little bit more about the improvements and changes that are most relevant to education. Of course, there’s a pile of written fact sheets and guides – which I’ll share soon – but I thought you might like to actually see it in action. So I’ve roped in a few colleagues to record short demos of the bits they think are most likely to appeal to teachers.

I think I struck lucky in the random draw, as I had to make a video of PowerPoint 2010. Here’s my video – eight and half minutes to try and whizz across some of the key new bits.

A brief look at what's new for teachers in PowerPoint 2010

This is the first time I’ve ever tried to record something like this, and it was very tricky. My first attempt was 20 minutes long, and the second attempt had more “Ums” than you’d believe. This version is attempt number 3. As my wife once said to me “You’ve got a face made for radio, and a voice made for writing”. Judge for yourself!

Comments (2)

  1. matt84 says:

    But all of this has very little to do with learning. You’ve got some good new features in the 2010 version, but teachers are moving away from PowerPoint as it’s not interactive. It’s a presentation tool, and teachers do way more than just present.

  2. Suzanne says:

    The fantastic macros which people have created to make powerpoint interactive, for example, the drag and drop macro, do not work (I dont know whether this will be developed by people who are able) and the ability to embed video's will only work if the students have 2010 at home-to save the file in an earlier version saves the video as a picture.  If you are are teacher thinking of buying 2010 because you think it will be better then the older version, don't bother! x  

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