Introduction

The methodology is the same, only more efficient
...and it keeps getting better

Creating a multimedia presentation with digital images is not nearly as difficult as
you think. In fact, this tutorial is determined to prove to you that it is simpler and
more efficient than using the traditional 'slide and slide carousel' method, with many
advantages. If you think about it, software companies, professors, and computer
gurus all over the world have spent years creating software that is both powerful and
simple to use. When was the last time the slide carousel has gotten an update? Has
slide-engineering technology improved so dramatically in say, the last ten years?

If you know your way around a computer, you can do it...

If you have a computer with internet access and software to make a presentation,
such as Microsoft Powerpoint, you have everything you need to make a
digital presentation. Then you bring the file on a disc or on your computer
to the presentation room or lecture hall, connect it to a digital projector et voila!

So why learn this at all?

The greatest advantages to this method are permanence and flexibility.
Permanence meaning you don't have to take the slides back to the library, only to
assemble them again next time you want them - just keep the presentation file on
your computer. Then next time you have to give the lecture, just bring the file,
plug it in and go! You can make as many presentation files as you can store on your
computer, or you can put them all on a CD. Imagine having your entire "101" class
lectures all ready to go before the semester begins, or every class or conference
presentation you've ever given all archived - and they can be used and re-used!

The presentations are also flexible - if you decide to remove images, add new
images, change the order of the 'slides', or even add movies, it's as simple as 3
or 4 clicks with your mouse. Simply find your images on the database and insert
them into your Powerpoint file.

Many professors use digital solutions to make their presentations.
It saves them time, stress, and has proven to
dramatically increase the value of their lectures.

Presentation Software

This tutorial will show you how to make a presentation using the most widely
used software, Microsoft Powerpoint. There are, however, many other software
applications that will aid in image management and creating presentations.
Some are less costly and don't offer as robust a feature list, and others are
available only on certain operating systems. A few are mentioned here:


What these tutorials will do for you

This tutorial will show you the basics on getting your images from the Kiosk
image database (http://worldimages.sjsu.edu), and putting them into a Powerpoint
presentation. Microsoft's Powerpoint software is the standard tool for making
multimedia presentations. There are many other similar programs, but Powerpoint
is the simplest to use and the most powerful. The following steps will instruct
you on the simplest and safest way of finding and saving images. Then
you'll have a permanent collection that you can take anywhere.

The Steps

Essentially, there are three basic steps to making a digital presentation.

1) Find your image in the kiosk gallery.
2) Download the image and the image record information to your computer.
3) Insert the image into your presentation.

The first section of this tutorial will provide basic information on using the
kiosk, and offer links to get additional help. Let's go!