Welcome! Be prepared to WOW your audiences with unique and awesome-looking games using PowerPoint. Your students/audiences will literally ask you "what program is that?" while you're playing. They won't BELIEVE that such awesome-looking and FUNCTIONAL games can be made and executed using PowerPoint.
Playing games is a great way to LEARN and RETAIN information. The retention rate is RIDICULOUSLY high and the fun/rapport generated is immeasurable.
You'll find a few templates online, but:
You will create two very popular games that you can use for any occasion: Jeopardy and Family Feud. Your audience will not have a learning curve on how to play...everyone can just jump right in!
You will learn a lot while building your own game! You'll use many of PowerPoint's features to create a functional, highly-responsive game such as:
The PowerPoint games you'll create can be used for COUNTLESS occasions such as:
But enough reading...let's get to building!
Take a look at a preview of the Jeopardy game you'll be building in PowerPoint!
The game board is the most important part of the game! Learn to build it from scratch using PowerPoint tools (e.g. shapes, format painter, duplication).
The "answer" slides (or question slides...depending on how you're playing the game) must be created. Create them all in under 5 minutes.
Hyperlink the game board to jump to the answer slides upon clicking.
Hyperlink the answer slides to get back to the game board.
The animations we're going to set up is what separates this game from most you'll find online. Animate the game board so boxes disappear after use.
Transitions are subtle but so important to the game. Jeopardy does a lot of going back and forth, so it's important that we appeal to the human eye with fabulous transitions.
Save as a template so you doing have to start from scratch every time you create a new game or risk overwriting an existing game.
Add the most common type of answers found in Jeopardy...text.
People love pictures! Images are a great way to stimulate and entertain audiences/students' minds.
Sometimes, the content you're teaching/training/presenting might call for a sound, song, or even a speech.
Include videos in your game for additional fun.
Sweeten the pot and add to the excitement with daily double answers!
Add the daily double sound to the daily double!
Create a host card to be more like Mr. Trebek!
Before jumping into creating the game elements, let's get the master slide stuff out of the way...specifically your game's background. We'll also set up the icons we'll be using for the theme music trigger later.
Create the rectangle covers and answers using shapes. No need to grab external images from the outside world that don't fit our theme when we can just create it directly in PowerPoint!
Wrong answers are a huge part of family feud! Let's create the X's we'll need using PowerPoint!
We've got to remove the covers when someone gets a right answer! We're going to set up the animation to do that in this video.
Let's animate the red X's also. Remember, wrong answers a huge part of the game!
Trigger the theme music in the event you're not using an external source for music.
Control the entire game using the presenter view which gives you the answers right on screen while showing your audience only the game!
Want to add fast money to your game? Here's where we'll do it! Like always, all of the elements are created directly in PowerPoint. This video also includes animating and adding the Fast Money sounds!
Want to keep score directly in the PowerPoint Family Feud game? Learn how to add ActiveX text box controls in this video! (Does NOT use macro or VBA!).
Save your Family Feud game as a template to use it over and over again without overwriting previous games!
Now that you've set up your AWESOME Family Feud game, learn how to build it and where to get the questions and answers!
Learn to build your fast money game from your template!
Learn to create a very simple host card for your host if needed.
Hello! My name is David Waldron, and I've been teaching MS Office for the past five years. I possess a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and I'm currently teaching at a few different colleges around NJ. I'm originally from NYC and reside nearby...far from the noise, but close enough to still see...perfection :)