Resources for Presentation Zen
The first four slides on this blue PowerPoint below show you what NOT to do - the rest are good samples of an effective PowerPoint presentation:
Tips for a better PowerPoint presentation
- Aim for no bullets. Aim for just one word or phrase on a slide.
- Aim for one powerful image on a slide. That image could be accompanied by minimal text or no text at all.
- Unless you are using the photo images as a background or image in the PPT, avoid clip art. Do not use "cartoon" clipart from Office.
- Search for images conceptually rather than literally. For interest, what images would photographers tag to represent "lonely"or "cold"? You can also create your own images.
- If you needed to include a quote, look for the nugget within the quote. Shorten it as much as possible and discover its essence.
- Slides are cheap. In fact, they are free. Use as many as you need. Run through some quickly. Stay on some a while. Consider the pace required by the slide or the thought.
- DO include a "Works Cited" or "Credits" slide.
- Be creative in grabbing and maintaining attention. There is no formula for presentation. Think outside the box.
- Do include the source of a quote in the lower corner (either side is fine) of the slide.
- DO include the source of your image in the lower corner of your slide (whichever slide is best). Please document with this text: "This image is used under a CC license from [insert URL back to image].
- The slides are for the audience; they are not for you to read from!
- Your title slide may have a striking image and include your name, class period, figure researched.
- Many thanks and credit to Joyce Valenza, School Library Media Specialist, for pioneering presentation zen with high school students; this text adapted from an original blog post by Valenza.
Where Can I Get Great Pictures??
Pull down to find the Images tab above. Ms. Arkans recommends Flickr Advanced Search - select Creative Commons licensed photos. Be sure to give attribution on the slide (see above tips).
Garr Reynolds - Presentation Zen