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Taking Your Slide Deck to the Next Level

A presentation I gave to my faculty at a staff development last month. Originally posted on my blog here:

The attention my little slide show has gotten has been truly humbling! What started as a presentation for my staff has taken on a life of its own! THANKS to those who have viewed and shared!

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Taking Your Slide Deck to the Next Level

  1. Taking Your Slide Deck to the Next Level Content, Delivery, and Design
  2. Quick Write What would you most like to improve about your presentations? What do you hope to get out of today’s session?
  3. Creating (un)Engaging Content • This slide is an example of what we have come to typically expect from a PowerPoint presentation • There is a lot of text (small text) that conveys a lot of information • Plus we’ve got bullets • Presenters read line-by-line exactly what is on the slide • Students work furiously to copy the slide verbatim into their notes • It becomes the 21st century equivalent of the overhead projector • What’s going on for students cognitively while the presenter reads the notes and they copy?
  4. The use of the PowerPoint presentation has been a disaster. It should be ditched. John Sweller, University of NSW
  5. We read: Between 250 and 400 words per minute We can hear: About 150 to 160 words per minute We can speak: About 105 words per minute We can copy by hand: About 22 words per minute
  6. The PowerPoint Curve Student Engagement Words Per Slide
  7. Lecturing is not good for children and other living things. Edward Redish, Ph.D. U of MD Physics Professor
  8. Why To make present? meaning
  9. If you're not trying to persuade, why present at all?
  10. Ask a question Poll the class Think-Jot-Pair-Share Quick writes
  11. 10-20-30
  12. Design
  13. Don’t Design decorate
  14. Albert Einstein Born March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany Theoretical physicist Special theory of relativity - reconciled mechanics with electromagnetism General theory of relativity Extended theory to non-uniform motion Created new theory of gravitation Won Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 Died April 17, 1955
  15. “Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein
  16. But don’t get crazy
  17. This is almost as bad.
  18. Maybe white will be better.
  19. Yes. That’s better.
  20. Don’t Design decorate
  21. Would you want to be in your class?
  22. Where I Got This Stuff PowerPoint for Teachers Presentation Tips How To: Visual Effects in PowerPoint 2003 Life After Death by PowerPoint How I Made My Presentations a Little Better Presentation Zen dy/dan
  23. Scott Elias