Am I the only one who is so OVER students making PowerPoints/Google Slides/Prezis? I mean, even though I go over what to do & not do, the kids still end up committing every PowerPoint crime their is (as explained by this guy).
If you're wanting to avoid a PowerPoint like the one above, there are some helpful guidelines that I even use when creating presentations for workshops.
- PLAN - Students need to have a plan going into creating their presentation. If they don't, they get sidetracked by font choices and pictures.
- Ideas for planning: a web, storyboard, outline, mind-map of what will go on each slide. See planning examples here.
- Get the big picture - Have your students create a web/mind map, note cards or some other planning tool so they have a plan going into their presentation.
- Font Faux Pas - View slides at 66% and students will have a good idea what people will be able to see. Please, please, please do NOT use Comic Sans (for reasons why, click here).
- TMI - The audience is either listening to you or reading your slide. The less information that's on the slide makes the presented come across as more of an expert.
- KISS ("Keep it Simple, Students") - As Jim Knight says, "Think about each slide as a billboard." Going back to point #3, less is more. Post a quote, a main idea, a diagram, an image instead of the content of the talk. SlidesCarnival has some great templates that follow this model.
These suggestions are from Chapter 5 of "Unmistakable Impact" by Jim Knight