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Adding Audio Narration to PowerPoint


A narrated PowerPoint presentation about adding audio narration.

A narrated PowerPoint presentation about adding audio narration.

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  • 1. PowerPoint: Text Only??
    • Text only can work in the classroom – because the instructor “presents”
    • Online – it needs narration! Most PowerPoint presentations that may be used to present in the classroom are devoid of meaning in asynchronous online uses.
    • Adding narration is easy!
    • Section 508 laws governing “accessibility”:
      • How material can be presented for access to all students
      • Audio + text = more accessible!
  • 2. Adding PowerPoint Narration
    • Create Entire PowerPoint Presentation and save.
    • Under “SlideShow” menu, select “ Record Narration ”
    • Click “ Set Microphone Level ”
    • Speak into your microphone and you should see the green and yellow levels move with your voice. Adjust the slider as you speak: Not too much: red! Not too little: yellow is good!
  • 3. Recording Narration
    • Change Sound Quality
      • Defaults are ok
      • Here are some good settings: 22.050, 8-bit, mono
      • Or use “Radio Quality” (slightly better)
      • No need for stereo
      • No need for more than 8 bit or 22.050 khz.
      • Will increase file size: download time
  • 4. Record Narration
    • Select: First Slide
      • Start recording from first slide, narrating
      • Press space bar to go to each step of presentation – it will record timing along with narration
      • Press Esc to end
    • Save audio and timings?
  • 5. Finishing Up
    • Press F5 or select View Show under SlideShow
    • You should hear your voice and see the show along with your timing
    • Under File: Save As…
    • Give it a name, slightly different from the original
    • Save as type: Select PowerPoint Show (must scroll down a ways!)
  • 6. Viewing PPS: PowerPoint Show
    • Microsoft has a free “ PowerPoint Viewer ” for those with no PowerPoint – provide a download link for students! http://tinyurl.com/v2586
    • OpenOffice.org is free open source software for Mac, Linux, Windows – also provide a link for students
  • 7. Distributing
    • Upload the .pps (PowerPoint Show) file to WebCT, your personal web space, a wiki, a blog, or even email it to students (watch the file size!)
    • Other ideas:
      • Have STUDENTS add audio to your presentation for a portfolio project
      • Students “remix” and rework presentations for their own purposes and projects – adding images, narration, charts
      • Students create presentations with audio to share and compare, or even to generate content for your online course: best one gets used next year!
  • 8. The End
    • Thanks for viewing!
    • Need more help? Search PPT help for “narration”
    • Need an assignment to put this to use?
    • Follow all steps and record audio narration for 1 presentation, saving and uploading it to your course.
    • Use WebCT Quizzes/Surveys tool to create a 5 question self-check (for students to check understanding) and a 5 question survey (to get feedback from students on working with the PPS slideshow.)
    • In your self-check, use a few different types of answers, not just true/false or multiple choice.