Is a picture really worth 1,000 words? That depends on the image. Some may be worth only 10 words, while others might be enough to inspire an entire set of encyclopedias. In any case, if you add images to your PowerPoint presentation, it's going to make your information more valuable and a lot more interesting for your audience. Images not only add important visual info to your presentation, they also give your audience a necessary break from looking at big blocks of text.
Where do you get images?
Royalty-free CDs feature all varieties of subjects, from exotic vegetables to African jungle animals. Many of these affordable CDs - about $40 U.S. - include thousands of different clip-art drawings and/or photo images. It's also possible to buy individual images on the Internet for about $10 U.S. each. Depending on how many you want to use, it may be cheaper to buy the entire CD.
If you go to the Corel Corporation site, you can search for particular images by entering a subject name:
PhotoDisc also sells a number of CDs of fine art and retro images. These specialty CDs are generally more expensive, going for about $149 U.S. plus shipping.
The World Wide Web
It's also up to you to set a good example. E-mail the Webmasters to ask for permission to use specific content - and tell them why your students want to use it. Chances are, they will be flattered when they find out how much you like their work. Just include your name and your school - and be prepared to wait a few days for a reply.
Try saving this picture by following these instructions:
2. Click your right mouse button. A pop-up menu will appear.
3. Select Save Picture As in the pop-up menu. The Save Picture window will appear.
4. Type a name for the image into the Save Picture window and find a directory to store it in.
5. Click the Save button.
Adding clip-art to the PowerPoint ClipGallery
To add clip-art images to the PowerPoint ClipGallery:
2. Open the ClipGallery.
3. Select the "Clips from the Web" or "Connect to the Web for more clip-art" button. This will automatically open your Web browser and take you to the Microsoft ClipGallery Live site.
4. Search and preview the image, then save it to a folder on your computer. (In other words: download it!) Be sure to remember which folder you have saved it to.
5. To import these images to the ClipGallery in PowerPoint, go to the folder that contains the downloaded images.
6. Double click the .CIL file. This will automatically open in the ClipGallery under the category "downloaded images."
Note: you can also download pictures, sounds and animations from the ClipGallery Live site