D&D Tutorial: Quickstart Powerpoint Presentations

Finals week is just around the corner (which means so is Summer..hooray!) and many students are working on final presentations in my courses. Above is a very quick video I made in class to help get students started with Powerpoint – should it be a presentation software they choose to use as it is available in all of our college computer labs.

A Few Additional Tips:
1. Use system fonts in your presentation so they are compatible on cross platform machines in any computer lab.
2. Minimize text on slides (move to notes section instead) and print them out to use during your presentation so you’re not staring at your monitor the whole time.
3. As an alternative to putting heavy text on a slide, use interesting visuals. To make a screen grab on a mac: (cmnd+shift+4 and sometimes add the space bar for the camera icon) OR print screen on a PC then paste and crop in any graphics program.
3. Always use credible sources and cite them on last slides, as footnotes or on handouts. The fair use act allows content for use in education but anything used otherwise should be properly rights managed.
4. Practice your presentation & time yourself in front of a mirror, friend or video camera. Practicing will boost your confidence. Make eye contact with your audience and have fun!
5. Save your Powerpoint presentation in the .ppt (older) format to assure compatibility on most systems.
6. Save some time for Q & A for your audience but stick to your proposed or assigned time frame as a courtesy to your peers and viewers.
7. As an option and on the course blog – use slideshare.net to post a link to your presentation in class for your peers to re-visit later.

One thought on “D&D Tutorial: Quickstart Powerpoint Presentations

  1. From an interview with Prof: Sherry Turkle:

    Let me say one more thing.

    One of the things that has been most distressing to me in looking at K through 12 is the use of PowerPoint in the schools. It is statistically the most used piece of educational software. Students are taught that the way on how to make an argument — to make it in bullets, to add great photos, to draw from the popular culture and show snippets of movies and snippets of things that [he or she] can grab from the Web, and funny cartoons and to kind of make a mélange, a pastiche of cropped cultural images and animations and to make a beautiful PowerPoint. And that’s their presentation.

    PowerPoint presentations are about simple, communicable ideas illustrated by powerful images, and there’s a place for that. But that isn’t the same as critical thinking. And PowerPoint is easy, and kids love to do it, and it feels good. And it simply isn’t everything. You know, great books are not fancied-up PowerPoint presentations. Great books take you through an argument, show how the argument is weak, meet objections, show you a different point of view. By the time you’re through with all that, you’re way beyond the simplicities of PowerPoint.

    Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/interviews/turkle.html#1#ixzz1LPUvkNXA


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