This was a good session that gave some basic common sense tips on using PowerPoint.
Why would we want to use it (well)?
• This generation has little tolerance for delays or mistakes in delivery of information
• It’s an easy way to get information across in a short time period
- Too much information – on each slide
- Color choices (may depend on lighting in presentation location)
- Can be “eye catching or eye watering”
- Presentation often not test driven to catch problems
If well used can be extremely engaging
- Proof read
- Don’t include all information
- Practice test run
- Don’t over-use the software in the classroom
Key – Keep the focus on the presenter
Start with the basics
- Know your information
- What are the key points or concepts
- Make an outline (enter basic information on blank slides)
- Order is important
- Add relevant materials (diagrams, images, audio, video)
Consider approaches for presenting
- How is the slide being used?
- Ask a question on the slide (stop for discussion)
- Break up with a related activity (stop presentation, do short activity, go back to presentation)
Adjust style elements (easy place to waste time)
- Visual interest is key but remember to keep focus on the presenter
- You can use WordArt to make notes on each slide to remind you of details, changes, and additions – what needs to be done to each slide
- Do test run
- Prepare your oral presentation (this is the part that many people omit!)
- To prepare you can take your original outline and print it out or print slide handouts.
- 3 slides to a page and you can have lines on the right side for notes
Presentations without a presenter
- Podcast presentation
- Save each slide as a jpeg
- Insert into MovieMaker
- Create audio voiceover using Audacity put together audio and movie – Podcast
*They did a Distance Learning Day at Good Shepherd. They submitted lesson plans, students stayed home and did assignments via internet. This type of podcast presentation was part of her lesson.