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  • 1. Universidad Mariano Gálvez de GuatemalaFacultad de HumanidadesEscuela de IdiomasLicenciatura en la Enseñanza del Idioma Inglés conEspecialización en Tecnología EducativaTecnología de Información y ComunicaciónPOWERPOINT TIPSTERE REGINA MEDRANO FIGUEROAApril 26th, 2013
  • 2. SERIF vs. SANS SERIFSerif are the Font styles that have tails atthe ends of the lines. The tails help theletters fit together into words. These typesof fonts have a personal, humanisticcharacter and are useful to involve readersin the presentation. Examples are TimesNew Roman or Georgia.Sans Serif they do not have tails and are good to have a technical, impersonalcharacter in the text and content of your presentation. Examples are Arial andVerdana.COLORMake your font colors bold in order to contrastwith the backgrounds colors.MATCH THE TONE OF CONTENTTry to match the type of font of your presentation,according the type of audience and message orinformation you want to transmit.SPECIALIZED FONTSIf your presentation will be viewed in othercomputers, you should stay with basic fonts that are found on most computerslike Arial, Times New Roman, Tahoma, Verdana and Georgia.CONSISTENCY IS A KEYFor a professional and better looking presentation limit your font selection,from 2 or 3 fonts.TEXT EFFECTSItalics can be difficult to read, so leave them for emphasis in the text.VISUAL IMPAIRMENTBe careful with lots of colors in your slides. Try to combine the appropriatecolors and make it as simple as possible.POWERPOINT COLOR SCHEMESThis program presents pre-installed colors schemes thatcontain eight complementary colors.
  • 3. LIMITED COLOR VISIONTake into account people with all kinds of color vision and the ones that havethe disability to interpret them. This is really important whenever you choosecolor for the design of your presentation.TEXTUse the 7 and 7 rule for legibility, which means seven words per line, seven linesper slide with a 25 word- per slide maximum. Remember to use text to highlightand support your presentation not to narrate all the content.Font colors can influence the positive or negative results of your text to theaudience.If you cannot fill all your points of information on a slide, break them up indifferent slides.BACKGROUND COLORSContrasting light vs. dark and vice versa is a good technique whenever you thinkin the background of your presentation. In addition, cool colors make betterbackgrounds, while hot colors are not a good option for backgrounds.It is important to search about the colors and their meanings and also to knowthe reactions that they can evoke in the audience, all these in order to get betterresults in the design and presentation of our work.DESIGNING TEMPLATESPower point provides pre-installed templates, however you have the opportunityto explore your creativity and create your own design templates and also save itas a design template.HOLD THE EXTRASUse graphics such as borders, boxes, lines or arrows just when it is needed. Donot overuse them and also different types of transitions in your presentation.KEEP IT SIMPLEThe overuse of effects in your presentation can have negative results since theaudience is not focus on the content, conversely they are focus on the effects.Think carefully before using animations, sounds, videos etc.IMAGESImages can be a powerful tool when they are appropriate to reinforce thecontent of your presentation. They can help you to catch the attention andclarify doubts, also to describe, explain and present sequences andrelationships. Be aware of the audience that you have and the type of image youare going to use.
  • 4. ANIMATING TEXT AND OBJECTSYou can apply a preset animation schemes toitems on different slides and also you can createcustom animations that gives you theopportunity to control the appropriate momentyou want an item to appear on a slide.You should consider:For any animation you choose, think about if you really need it or if youcan explain without it.Overuse of animation can be the cause of distraction.Functional animations, such as the ones that delay texts or pictures inorder to engage the audience can contribute to get better results.CONSIDER THE PEDAGOGICAL USEImages can help your students remember meaningful parts of thepresentation.Establish a relationship between concepts.Highlight key points.TRANSITIONSThey are special effects that are used to introduce a slide during a slide show.Even though, PowerPoint lets you choose the transition you want, as I mentionbefore their overuse can evoke distraction and misunderstanding.
  • 5. REFERENCESPowerPoint Tips, Design keys for classroom presentations.Be Free To TeachTeaching Effectiveness ProgramTeaching and Learning CenterUniversity of OregonAdding Animation to Your PowerPoint PresentationBe Free To TeachTeaching Effectiveness ProgramTeaching and Learning CenterUniversity of Oregon

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