Powerpoint Dos and Donts


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Powerpoint Dos and Donts

  1. 1. PowerPoint <br />Dos and Donts<br />On the following slide you can watch a video available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cagxPlVqrtM <br />According to Don McMillan, here is a humorous & yet insightful viewpoint on how people (teachers included) should not be using PowerPoint. <br />
  2. 2. Getting started Tips<br />Decide on an appropriate slide layout and style<br />Be consistent - keep slides concise<br />Do keep it brief - get to the point<br />Don’t include too many details and data - don’t over clutter<br />Limit the number of slides<br />Use statements not sentences<br />Use keywords that help audience focus on an idea<br />Create contrast using font sizes and colours<br />Check your grammar and spelling<br />Save your work often<br />
  3. 3. Text – Font Advice<br />DO<br />Use appropriate clear fonts that are easy to read (Arial,Helevtica)<br />Font size for body text should be at least 24+ <br />Font size for titles/headings should be at least 36+<br />Use dark colours for text<br /> DON’T<br />Use all uppercase letters<br />Use flashy or curvy fonts<br />Use font types that are hard to read<br />Include too much text<br />Use different fonts and colours on each slide<br />
  4. 4. Font Examples<br />Bad examples<br />Appropriate fonts<br /><ul><li>Can you read me?
  5. 5. Can you read me?
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  11. 11. Can you read me? – Times New Roman
  12. 12. Can you read me? - Arial
  13. 13. Can you read me? - Perpetua
  14. 14. Can you read me? – Bell MT
  15. 15. Can you read me? – Book Antiqua
  16. 16. Can you read me? – Bookman old style
  17. 17. Can you read me? - Cambria
  18. 18. Can you read me? - Calibri
  19. 19. Can you read me? – Century
  20. 20. Can you read me? – Garamond</li></ul>….and many more!<br />
  21. 21. Colour Analysis<br />DO<br />DON’T<br />Use appropriate colours <br />Use high contrast (light backgrounds and dark text or vice versa)<br />Use PowerPoint’s predefined colour schemes<br />Limit the use of colour to 2-4<br />Use too bright colours<br />Use multiple colour schemes<br />Use bright background colours<br />Use dark colours on dark backgrounds<br />Use yellow on blue and red on green<br />
  22. 22. Good<br />Good<br />Bad<br />Bad<br />Good<br />Bad<br />Good<br />Bad <br />Bad<br />Good<br />Use Contrasting Colors<br />
  23. 23. Graphs, Shapes and Charts<br />DO<br />DON’T<br />Use 1-2 images per slide<br />Use shapes to illustrate complex topics<br />Include graphs and charts that show relationships, comparisons and change<br />Use relevant images and graphics<br />Overuse shapes, charts.<br />Use too many graphics – this can be distracting<br />Use low-quality images<br />
  24. 24. Special effects: Animations, transitions and noise effects<br />DO<br />DON’T<br />Use sounds to help convey and complement the message<br />Avoid excessive motion<br />Use sounds when they aren’t appropriate<br />Overuse transitions and animations<br />
  25. 25. PowerPoint Tools and Tips<br />Small audio clips can automatically be embedded in PowerPoint<br />Large audio clips can be linked<br />PowerPoint can run video<br />PowerPoint links to videos<br />Insert images, graphs, charts and shapes from the ‘Insert’ button<br />Insert links to websites, readings, etc from the ‘Insert’ button<br />
  26. 26. Useful Links<br />Getting Started with Powerpoint :Video demonstrations<br />Improve your PowerPoint skills :Support Guide (.pdf)<br />Presentations for the UoM<br />MBS templates<br />
  27. 27. How can we help you?<br />Please take a look at our eLearning intranet pages, subscribe to our mailing lists and keep an eye out for our quarterly MBS eLearning newsletter.<br />We would value your feedback!<br /> Kind regards,<br /> MBS eLearning Team<br />http://intranet.mbs.ac.uk/elearning.aspx<br />