These days most students do at least one PowerPoint presentation in elementary school.
As you might expect, they utilize just about every annoying sound effect, nauseating background color and dizzying animation feature imaginable to make their first slideshow. There’s nothing wrong with this, it's a great way for kids to learn about all the features available in PowerPoint. But if you want your students to develop a sense of design (or you're working with adult professionals who desperately need to develop their sense of design) then you need some guidelines to improve their PowerPoint presentations.
Here are some very reasonable guidelines for PowerPoint Presentations (they are the same ones we stress for 7th graders for reference):
For you social studies teachers out there, here’s a hypothetical version of the Gettysburg Address done by Abraham Lincoln using PowerPoint. We're very lucky this show was never presented.
Here’s a blog about improving all your presentations through simplification. Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds is full of tips and commentary that can help you improve your shows. Consider this entry comparing the visual presentations made by Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
And finally, for any teachers out there who need a pre-made PowerPoint, check out this website for hundreds to choose from: http://www.pppst.com/themes.html
(Special thanks to TheTeacherList.ca for sharing this resource!)
And for your enjoyment: Life After Death by PowerPoint, by Don McMillan
PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try opening a blank PowerPoint presentation and try to find the premade (guaranteed to look good) Design Templates.
Look for a button like this on the Tool Bar:
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: If you're looking for more ways to improve your PowerPoint presentations try searching the internet for:
Improving Your PowerPoints
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