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How to Make Classroom Slideshows Work Like PowerPoint
Information provided by the G.R.E.A.T. National Program Office

The G.R.E.A.T. National Program Office is committed to improving the G.R.E.A.T. curricula and giving G.R.E.A.T. instructors the right tools with which to teach. One question asked by many instructors is how to make classroom slideshows work like a full-screen PowerPoint presentation. The graphics/instructions below illustrate how it is done.

  1. Save the classroom slideshow by right-clicking the link and scrolling down to "Save Target As…."
  2. Demo

  3. Save the file as a PDF in a desired location.
  4. Open the PDF by double-clicking it.
  5. Once the file opens, look at the upper menu and find "View."
  6. Click on the "View" menu. From the drop-down menu, select "Full Screen Mode."
  7. Demo

  8. The classroom slideshow will now display as the entire screen.
    1. Left-click moves the slideshow forward.
    2. Right-click moves the slideshow backward.
    3. "Esc" key returns you to regular PDF view.

"Why are there blank green slides?

Answer: The blank green slides allow you to refocus the students’ attention on their handbook or on what you are saying versus what is on the screen.

For instance, on Slide 2 of the Middle School Lesson 1 slideshow, students are instructed to turn to page 3 in their handbooks. The Instructor’s Guide on page 1.4 instructs you to review the ground rules on page 3 in the handbook. However, students tend to stare at the screen rather than look at the handbook.

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