Content Keep priorities straight when creating: –Content first –“Fun stuff” later CONTENT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!
Word Phrasing Use phrases whenever possible Avoid sentences (too wordy)
Word Phrasing: Sentences vs.. Phrases “ To take advantage of the annual flooding of the Nile, the people built irrigation channels to carry water into the fields. They also built dams to hold back the water for use during droughts.” from Message of Ancient Days textbook p. 188
Word Phrasing: Phrases vs.. Sentences Annual flooding -advantages: Built: –Irrigation canals Carried water to the fields –Dams Held back water -use during droughts
Style of Font Choose style that is easy to read –Cute, fancy, etc.: they don’t matter! Should fit your topic
Size of Font Use as large a font as possible –Suggestion: nothing less than 40! (...and sometimes that’s even too small!)
Size of Font Keep audience in mind –Small group? –Whole class? We can’t see!
Font: A Wrong Example “Eagle Flight” An eagle wings gracefully through the sky. On the earth, I stand and watch. My heart flies with it. by Alonzo Lopez
Font: A Correct Example “Eagle Flight” An eagle wings gracefully through the sky. On the earth, I stand and watch. My heart flies with it. by Alonzo Lopez
Number of Words Limit yourself to 25 words per slide Present only “kernel” ideas –Use detail verbally when you present
Number of Words If need more room, make a new slide with additional information! 2 This slide is getting way too crowded, so... …MAKE A NEW SLIDE!!!
Colors Create contrast Use “opposite” colors when layering Examine carefully to see if pleasing to the eye
Backgrounds/Templates Should “set off” your ideas Should fit your topic Should not be a distraction
Pictures/Drawings Must be appropriate to presentation –Must fit time period, topic, etc., of project Must be large enough to see from distance
Pictures/Drawings Must not distract from text Give credit for pictures at end of presentation Credits!
Spacing Do not “crowd” slide –Leave “white space” so eye can process information on slide Leave some empty space!
Notice: –colors don’t compliment each other –background “fights” with words and pictures –picture doesn’t “fit” with topic of slide –slide too crowded Notice: –colors don’t compliment each other –background “fights” with words and pictures –picture doesn’t “fit” with topic of slide –slide too crowded Example: A Poor Slide
Notice: –colors compliment each other –background does not “fight” with words and pictures –picture “fits” with topic of slide –slide not too crowded Notice: –colors compliment each other –background does not “fight” with words and pictures –picture “fits” with topic of slide –slide not too crowded Example: A Good Slide
Sounds Use only in limited way Should not provide any distraction Useful to signal change of ideas
Animation Effects Should not be a distraction –Consistency! Should make it easier to process information on slide
Animation Timing Mouse Click vs.. Automatically Timed –Think through how being presented
Slide Transitions Should not be a distraction –Consistency! Should make it easier to process information –Not too slow; not too fast
Consistency If presentation is short: –All background, transitions, font styles, etc., should be same 1
Consistency If presentation is long: –Maintain consistency within sections of presentation
Way too many sounds! Example: A Poor Slide Way too many animation effects! All of the noise and activity distracts from the slide! –ANNOYING!!!
Limited sound Example: A Good Slide Consistent animation effects Nothing to distract from content
Music If saved within presentation, uses LOTS of memory
Proofreading EVERYTHING counts: –Spelling –Capitalization –Grammar MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PRESENTATION IS FREE OF ERRORS!
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