• A multimedia tool that reaches students with different learning styles.• Students learn visual literacy by communicating in this medium.• Also, this program has the capability of including video and easily links to the internet.
• Write a script• One thing at a time, please.• No paragraphs• Pay attention to design• Use images sparingly
• Think outside the screen• Have a hook• Ask questions• Modulate, modulate, modulate.• Break the rules
• The goal is improved learning• Be conservative – keep it simple• Use contrast (dark-on-light or light- on-dark, for example)• People see graphics first, then text
• Be concise with text• One concept per slide• Plan on spending two minutes per slide• Limit use of special effects (animation, sound, transitions)
• Background patterns usually make screens harder to read• When creating original media, use the best equipment you can find• Edit files to a minimum meaningful length and size
• Leave the lights on• Blank the screen when not using the presentation• Face the students and dont block the screen• Print out large blocks of text, rather than presenting them on the screen
Analyzing and synthesizing complexitiesEnriching curriculum with interdisciplinaryIncreasing spontaneity and interactivityIncreasing wonder
Although there are manypotential benefits toPowerPoint, there areseveral issues that couldcreate problems ordisengagement.
Teacher-centered. Students often respond better when instructors have designed sessions for greater classroom interaction.Potentially reductive. PowerPoint was designed to promote simple persuasive arguments. Design for critical engagement, not just for exposure to a “point.”
Potentially reductive. PowerPoint was designed to promote simple persuasive arguments. Design for critical engagement, not just for exposure to a “point.”Presentation graphics should be about learning, not about presentation.
PowerPoint presentations should help students organize their notes, not just “be” the notes. This is a particular danger withstudents who grew up accustomed toreceiving PowerPoint notes to studyfrom. Some may require convincing thatnotes should be taken beyond what isalready on the slides.
Lack of feedback. PowerPoint-based lectures tellyou nothing about student learning. Design them to includeopportunities for feedback (notsimply asking if there arequestions, but more activelyquizzing your students).
• PowerPoint, when displayed via a projector, is a useful tool for showing audiences things that enhance what the speaker is saying.• It is a useful tool for illustrating the content of a speech, such as by showing photos, graphs, charts, maps, etc., or by highlighting certain text from a speech, such as quotations or major ideas.
• Slides used in a presentation should be spare, in terms of how much information is on each slide, as well as how many slides are used. In most cases, less is more, so four lines of text is probably better.• Don’t display charts or graphs with a lot of information.
• Unless you’re an experienced designer, don’t use the transition and animation “tricks” that are built into PowerPoint, such as bouncing or flying text. By now, most people roll theireyes when they see thesethings, and these tricks add nothingof value to a presentation.
• Above all, use high-contrast color schemes so that whatever is on your slides is readable.• Get used to using black slides. There are few speeches that need something displayed on the screen all the time.
• Concentrate on keeping the audience focused on you, not on the screen.• Keep motion on the screen to a minimum, unless you’re showing a movie or a video.• Engage the audience, and use slides only when they are useful.
• Learn how to give a good speech without PowerPoint. This takes practice, whichmeans giving speeches withoutPowerPoint. Believe it or not, publicspeaking existed beforePowerPoint, and many peopleremember it as being a lot better then
Avoiding bad PowerPointhabits means, first andforemost, becoming a goodpublic speaker.