Microsoft PowerPoint

Presentation software allows you to use text and images to support a presentation or speech that you are giving or they can be set up to give information to someone who watches the presentation on their own. They can include text, images, videos and sounds. They can be set up to be controlled by a user or to be fully automatic.

Slides

Presentations are made up of a series of slides that can images, text, sounds, videos etc. To make an effective presentation you have to make sure that you have planned the content so that the audience learn from you. If you are presenting it then have short simple facts and support that with your talk. If it is an interactive or automatic presentation then you need to include all the details.

Transitions and Animations

Transitions (the change between slides) and animations, the way objects are revealed/hidden are to help you control the pace of a presentation and to help create a style (Random choices can be very distracting)

Notes

The notes section allows you to keep more detailed information in the presentation that the audience will not see. This can been seen on screen while you are editing, on a separate screen when you are giving a presentation or printed out on notes pages alongside a copy of the slide to help you while you are giving a presentation.

Interactivity

As well as manual control of animations and transitions you can add interactivity through videos and sounds that only play when they are clicked on and by setting up hyperlinks between slides allowing a user to choose what order to look at information in.