I recently shared this text message scenario quiz template for PowerPoint that’s been getting a lot of love, so I thought I’d follow up with the quick and easy steps that went into creating it. Tip: You don’t need any graphics editing software, it was all created directly in PowerPoint!
Add a Background Image
The first step to creating this quiz template was to pop in a background image that had a wooden texture, like the top of a desk. Here’s a helpful tip: right-click anywhere on your PowerPoint slide, and click “Format Background” from the menu that appears. That will bring up a “Format Background” window, and under “Fill” you’ll notice a “Texture” option, where you can choose a wooden background. You don’t even have to hunt for a photo online!
Create the Phone Graphic
Once the background image is in place, I used simple shapes to create the phone graphic. A black rounded-corner rectangle at the back with a drop-shadow, a white rectangle over top, a few light gray rectangles, and a callout shape for the text message itself. Once I had placed all my shapes to create the phone, I grouped them together to create one group.
Create Your Quiz Question
The next step is to create the quiz question. To do this, I popped in a semi-transparent rectangle as a background shape and added my title and question text over the top. I used three rectangles to create the choices for the scenario. Remember, the choices should be possible replies to the text message that was received.
Add a Feedback Slide
Once I had my question slide looking just right, I duplicated it to create the feedback slide. On the duplicate slide, I added a checkmark next to the correct response, and I added a few more callouts on the phone. The first callout has the same text as the correct reply, and the second shows the response to the correct choice.
Now that I had created both my question and feedback slides, I just needed to go back to my question slide and set up my hyperlinks. I added a hyperlink to each of my three responses so they all link to the feedback slide. This way, when the learner clicks on a response, it will automatically link to the feedback slide, which will show them if their response was correct.
To add a hyperlink in PowerPoint, select the shape, go to the Insert tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, and click the “Action” button. From here, a menu appears where you can choose your “Action on Click” to be a hyperlink to the feedback slide.
And that’s all there is to it! In a few simple and easy steps, you can create a completely customized quizzing scenario directly in PowerPoint, no graphic editing software required!
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