using powerpoint for class lectures

A Checklist for Better PowerPoint Presentations

We’ve all sat through some pretty horrific PowerPoint presentations. Too much text. Tiny font. Confusing graphs. Dizzying slide transitions and effects. Cheesy clip art. Poor color combinations. The list goes on and on.

But don’t blame PowerPoint just because some slide shows are bad. Blame the

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What Did We Learn about PowerPoint and Student Learning?

The recent post on PowerPoint use generated a healthy response. That’s encouraging, but blog exchanges can seem like conversations without conclusions. There is no summary, no distillation, and no set of next questions. And when there are many comments, I worry that those

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Does PowerPoint Help or Hinder Learning?

I’ve had some nagging concerns about PowerPoint for some time now. I should be upfront and admit to not using it; when I taught or currently in my presentations. Perhaps that clouds my objectivity. But my worries resurfaced after reading an article

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We've all sat through some pretty horrific PowerPoint presentations. Too much text. Tiny font. Confusing graphs. Dizzying slide transitions and effects. Cheesy clip art. Poor color combinations. The list goes on and on. But don’t blame PowerPoint just because some slide shows are bad. Blame the presenter. When used appropriately, PowerPoint is an effective tool for increasing student attention and participation. Here are a few basic guidelines for creating more effective presentation slides: Have you answered the following questions for each slide in your slideshow? Have you practiced: Finally, have you evaluated your slide show following class (to see what you might improve before you give it again)?

Excerpted from the 20 Minute Mentor titled How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills?