tools in Microsoft Word or Microsoft
PowerPoint to create graphic organizers
for presentations and reports. Keeley
Library April 24, 2000
This example was
created using Microsoft PowerPoint.
Other drawing programs such as Paint, Clarisworks,
Microsoft Works can also be used.
the drawing or graphics toolbar in Microsoft Powerpoint or Word.
1.Use the AutoShapes
pop-up menu to select the kind of shape you want to draw. Then, Click on
one of the classes of shapes, such as Basic Shapes, to see available options.
of the Basic Shapes you want to draw and click on it. Then, position your
mouse pointer in your document where you want the shape to be, and hold
down the mouse button as you draw the shape. Near the AutoShape menu is
the color fill "paint can" which can be used to color your autoshape. Also
near the AutoShape menus are line tools, which can be used to connect your
shapes. Lines can also be selected and color added. A little experimenting
will often produce great results.
Now that you have shapes, you will want to write
in them. First, you need to select the shape by clicking on it. You will
see little handles appear around the shape.
you will use the Insert Pull Down Menu and choose "Text Box". by
clicking on it. Then, go back and click inside the autoshape to insert
the text box.
If you click right in the middle of the
autoshape when you are inserting the text box, you will fix the
position of the text box in the center of the autoshape, and it will move
with the autoshape when you reposition it as you add more items.
You can go back to the Insert menu and
change the appearance of the texture, line thickness, and other features
of both autoshape and text box later. Your results will improve with practice.
After you have all the elements of your graphic
organizer or concept map in place, you can then use the "Group" function
in the "Draw" menu to group all the shapes, lines, and text boxes together
as one object, which can then be moved around.
You can also save it as a "gif" file or "jpeg"
file for importing into other documents, or web pages at a later date.
Computer technology and library media staff will gladly help you with this
if you decide to use a computer generated concept map for your project.
You could always use a hand drawn concept
map and then use a scanner to save it as a file, but the results might
not be as crisp, and you would have fewer display options. Editing
the computer generated concept map should also be much easier than
changing a hand drawn map, and the results should look much neater.