Make Animated Videos in PowerPoint

I love it when I learn something new. For example, did you know that cicadas are the loudest insect in the world, and only the male sings? Or that you can make animations in PowerPoint, which you can insert into other PowerPoint resources?

PowerPoint, of course, has been around forever. So long in fact that it’s hard to imagine you can anything new with it. As a teacher, you’ve probably made more than your fair share of PowerPoint presentations (and watched your fair share too), and they’re great both for presenting new information and for setting up students to work independently. But what I’d always been missing was a way to set up scenes that played as discrete videos.

Of course, the great thing about PowerPoint is the way you can animate elements, but it does present problems if you want students to work with the presentation independently. Students can disrupt the animations, even accidentally, and then the effect you’re trying to produce is ruined. Alternatively, you can flatten PowerPoint before sharing, but while students are then unable to change any of the animations, the animations themselves won’t work.

This is where creating a video and inserting it into a PowerPoint resource works well. And it’s super easy to do. Just follow the steps in my example video below!

I really hope you found this information helpful. For many of you this will be old news but I’m sure that some of you, like me, hadn’t considered using the Record Slide Show function in this way.

Do you already do this in your PowerPoint resources? How does it benefit you and your students?

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