Ok, ok, so most of our fathers probably never touched PowerPoint. Either way here are a couple cool links that demonstrate how to move past standard templates and boring bullets. Although Articulate is also used, note that even if you don’t publish to Articulate it’s pretty impressive what can be created in PowerPoint. Many animations can run similarly even in the absence of Articulate.
The first link comes from e-Learning Art, an excellent site to explore. They specialize in e-learning tools. Here is a link to one of their demos on how to build a change in emotion of a character in your presentation. It’s really not as complicated as it sounds, check it out…
The second comes from Tom Kuhlman’s Rapid eLearning Blog. He demonstrates how he built a television in PPT. He also embeds a video that you start using a remote control – which is a nice touch. What you’ll discover is that building graphical elements in PPT can be quite simple. To me, it’s like scrapbooking, taking a blank page and using shapes and colors to tell a story. It also reminds me of building blocks or sketch drawings, basically you use simple lines, shapes, and colors to build complexity.
I hope you enjoy checking out the demos and start experimenting in building better presentations.