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Electronic PowerPoint Yearbook

Have your class create an electronic yearbook using this PowerPoint lesson plan. In this lesson, each student creates a PowerPoint slide with their yearbook information, then all of the slides are combined into a slideshow presentation. This lesson includes a PowerPoint template and easy to follow instructions for teachers and students.
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This Project

In this project, students will create a single slide including their picture and a short biography describing their accomplishments for the year. All student slides will be combined into a single slide show presentation about the entire class. This is a good project to show at Open House.

Computer Skills

  • Adding graphics to a slide
  • Adding text boxes to a slide
  • Using a digital camera or scanning pictures into a computer

Before Beginning

  • Take a picture of each student in your class. Then take a picture of the entire class. Scan the pictures into the computer, or if you used a digital camera, download them onto the computer.
  • Have your students vote on a title for their Electronic Yearbook.
  • Have each student complete the Student Planning Page. Show them how to fill it out by completing one for yourself.
  • Show students how to locate the Yearbook template for this project.

Teacher Extensions

  • Send students home with a printed or electronic format of their class yearbook.

Quick Steps: Student Yearbook Instructions

  • Open a blank PowerPoint presentation.
  • Select a background color for your slide.
  • Insert a picture of yourself. Using your mouse, resize it as necessary.
  • Insert a text box describing what you accomplished this year. Resize it to fit the slide.
  • Save the slide with your name and print it.

Quick Steps: Teacher Yearbook Instructions

  • Once all the students have finished their slides, open the (Yearbook) PowerPoint template.
  • Move your mouse over the title of the WordArt and double-click. Change the name.
  • Double-click on the dates at the bottom of the screen to change them.
  • Insert a picture of the entire class for the opening slide.
  • Pull down the INSERT menu and select Slides From Files. Click on Browse.
  • Scroll through your files to locate a student's slide. Click Open and then click Display.
  • Repeat for every student's slide.
  • Once completed, click Insert All and then Close.
  • Save and print your completed yearbook.

Student Instructions

Step 1:  Open PowerPoint and select a Blank Presentation. Click OK.

Step 2:  The AutoLayout menu will appear. Select a Blank Slide and click OK.

Step 3:  Pull down the FORMAT menu and select Background

Step 4:  Move your mouse to the arrow at the bottom of the Background Fill menu and click once on the menu.

Step 5:  Select More Colors with your mouse.

Step 6:  A honeycomb of colors will appear. Select a color you like for your slide background.

Step 7:  Click OK. On the second menu, click Apply.

Step 8:  Pull down the INSERT menu. Select Picture, and From File. Locate the picture of yourself in your files.

Step 9:  Select the picture file and click Insert.

Step 10:  Use the mouse and handles to resize your graphic as necessary.

Step 11:  Pull down the INSERT menu and select Text Box.

Step 12:  Use the mouse to move the I-beam to the location where you want your text box. Click once for a text box to appear.

Step 13:  Using the Student Planning Page as a guide, type a paragraph describing your accomplishments and favorite activities for this year. Be sure to press Return to keep the text box on the slide.

Step 14:  Use the mouse and handles to resize your text box as necessary.

Step 15:  Pull down the FILE menu and select Save As. Give your file the name (your name year).

Step 16:  Pull down the FILE menu and select Print. Click OK (PC) or Print (Mac).

Teacher Instructions

Step 1:  Once all the students have completed their slides, open the (Yearbook) PowerPoint template. This template is intended for readers who have a version of PowerPoint residing on their computer. This template does not contain the software application itself. You will be able to read the template file if you are using PowerPoint 97 for Windows, PowerPoint 98 for Macintosh, or a later version. If you do not have this software application, CLICK HERE to download PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

Step 2:  Template files are meant for you to open and immediately save under another name some where on your desktop, hard drive, or floppy diskette. So, if you open a template file, before entering any text or data, click on the FILE menu and select Save As. Navigate to where you want to save your file, rename it, and then click on the Save button. Then you can begin entering text and data.

Step 3:  Move your mouse until it is over the title at the top of the page and double-click on it.

Step 4:  A pop-up text box menu will appear. Highlight and delete the text in the box and give your class yearbook a title.

Step 5:  Move your mouse over the dates on the bottom of the page and double-click on them.

Step 6:  A pop-up text box menu will appear. Highlight and delete the text in the box and put in the dates of the current school year.

Step 7:  Pull down the INSERT menu. Select Picture, and From Files.

Step 8:  Locate the picture of the entire class that you either scanned or downloaded into the computer.

Step 9:  Select the picture with the mouse and click Insert.

Step 10:  Using the mouse and handles, resize the graphic as necessary.

Step 11:  Pull down the INSERT menu and select Slides From Files.

Step 12:  If you are working on a PC, move your mouse to the Browse button and click once.

Step 13:  Scroll through your files and locate the student you want to place first in your electronic yearbook.

Step 14:  Select the file with your mouse and click Open (PC) or Insert (Mac).

Step 15:  If you are working on a PC, the file name will appear in the File box. Click Display. A picture of the slide will appear in the box below.

Step 16:  Repeat Steps 13-15 for each student in your class.

Step 17:  If you are working on a PC and have selected all the student pictures, click on Insert All. Move your mouse to the Close button and click on it.

Step 18:  Pull down the VIEW menu and select Slide Sorter to rearrange the slides in any order you please (such as alphabetical order).

Step 19:  Pull down the FILE menu and select Save As. Give your file the name (your name yrbk).

Step 20:  Pull down the FILE menu and select Print. Click OK (PC) or Print (Mac).