IC3/Presentation Software

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Presentation software is a category of application software that is specifically designed to allow users to create a presentation of ideas by stringing together text, images and audio/video. The presentation tells a story or supports speech or the presentation of information.[1]

This lesson introduces presentation software and helps learners prepare for the IC3 Key Applications certification exam.

Objectives and Skills

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Objectives and skills for the presentation software portion of IC3 certification include:


  • Be able to create and format simple presentations


  • Inserting content: Text, table, media, chart, graphic
  • Slide Management: Add slides, delete slides, revise slide order
  • Slide Design: Layout, animations, transitions


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  1. Wikipedia: Presentation program
  2. Wikipedia: Presentation slide
  3. Wikipedia: Slide show
  4. Wikipedia: Microsoft PowerPoint
  5. Wikipedia: Office Sway
  6. Wikipedia: Powerpoint animation
  7. Wikipedia: Keynote (presentation software)
  8. Wikipedia: Prezi
  9. Wikipedia: SlideShare


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  1. YouTube: Which Presentation Tool is Right For You? Powerpoint vs. Prezi vs. KeyNote
  2. YouTube: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016-Full Tutorial for Beginners
  3. YouTube: How to Design a Good Slide PowerPoint Tutorial
  4. YouTube: Prezi Tutorial: My first Prezi
  5. YouTube: Keynote 2016 - Tutorial for Beginners
  6. YouTube: Tutorial: Google Slides
  7. YouTube: Creating an Interactive Presentation


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  1. Complete one of the following tutorials:
  2. Learn the step-by-step method to follow in creating a PowerPoint presentation at WikiHow.
  3. Create a more engaging presentation using one or more of these 5 Activities to make your PowerPoint more engaging.

Lesson Summary

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  • Presentation software (sometimes called "presentation graphics") is a category of application program used to create sequences of words and pictures that tell a story or help support a speech or public presentation of information. [4]
  • A presentation program is supposed to help both the speaker with an easier access to his ideas and the participants with visual information which complements the talk.[5]
  • Common presentation programs include, but are not limited to, LibreOffice Impress, Adobe Acrobat, Emaze, Apple Keynote, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi and SlideShare.[6]
  • The "slide" analogy is a reference to the slide projector.[7]
  • LibreOffice Impress is presentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint. Presentations can be exported as SWF files, allowing them to be viewed on any computer with Adobe Flash Player installed.[8]
  • Keynote began as a computer program for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to use in creating the presentations for Macworld Conference and Expo and other Apple keynote events.[9]
  • Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service.[10]
  • Prezi's flagship platform is a visual storytelling software alternative to traditional slide-based presentation formats. Prezi presentations feature a map-like, schematic overview that lets users pan among topics at will, zoom in on desired details, and pull back to reveal context.[11]
  • Built especially for professionals, the Prezi Business platform combines Prezi’s core features with business-focused productivity tools, including real-time data analytics, integration with the business collaboration platform Slack, commenting and co-editing features, and the Live Prezi feature, with virtual meeting rooms for hosting remote Prezi presentations.[12]
  • LinkedIn SlideShare is a Web 2.0–based slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites.[13]

Key Terms

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A typographical symbol or glyph used to introduce items in a list.[14]
clip art
Pre-made images used to illustrate any medium and used extensively in both personal and commercial project[15]
Refers to the removal of the outer parts of an image to improve framing, accentuate subject matter or change aspect ratio. Depending on the application, this may be performed on a physical photograph, artwork or film footage, or achieved digitally using image editing software.[16]
Allows you to jump to another location.[17]
image editing (enhancing)
Encompasses the processes of altering images, whether they are digital photographs, traditional photochemical photographs, or illustrations.[18]
Microsoft PowerPoint
A presentation program currently developed by Microsoft for use on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems.[19]
presentation slide (slide)
A single page of a presentation.[20]
slide show
A presentation of a series of still images on a projection screen or electronic display device, typically in a prearranged sequence.[21]
The animation-like effects that occur when you move from one slide to the next during a presentation.[22]


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See Also

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