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2 G.S. Betney (2011) How to use PowerPoint effectively

3 Today’s workshop What is PowerPoint? Designing PowerPoint presentations – some do’s and don’ts Creating a PowerPoint presentation Delivering a PowerPoint presentation

4 What is PowerPoint? PowerPoint is a presentation program Easy to learn Easy to use Can incorporate clipart and multimedia such as graphics, video, audio..

5 PowerPoint however is not… A replacement for presentation skills A replacement for knowledge Easy to use WELL

6 A warning from the experts “In the hands of an agile expert, Microsoft's (MSFT) PowerPoint can be a powerful weapon. For everyone else, the world's best-selling presentation software has the impact of a squirt gun. It isn't that the software is hard to use. On the contrary, the fact that it's so simple to use may be why so many audiences are asleep before the fifth slide.” Business 2.0 ( u.pdf)

7 Designing PowerPoint presentations Choose a design template that has high contrast between text and background especially when using projection equipment The idea is to make it easy for your audience to read NOT to distract them with overly complex designs and colours, remember that some people are colour blind Bad design can create problems especially for students with bad eyesight or dyslexia

8 Fonts Be consistent Don’t use more than three fonts in a presentation Do not use script fonts or fancy fonts You may wish to adjust the font for handouts

9 Font size Your font size should be big enough to be seen!!! For a large room at least 24 point Be consistent

10 Text Do not put too much text on a slide, this can lead to the number 1 PowerPoint error of ‘reading’ the slide No more than SIX bullet points per slide Use the NOTES feature Use headlines and sub-headings

11 The NOTES feature

12 Text Use spell check – just press F7 – spelling errors always look unprofessional, much more so in 24 point projected onto a screen Ask a friend to proofread for you before you actually present Use correct punctuation and be consistent Use upper case and lower case letters

13 Animation Animation is fun but can distract your audience from what you are saying so: USE SPARINGLY Not like this….

14 Music Music is best avoided but can be pedagogically useful at the start of a lecture How, why and when?

15 Graphics Clip art Photographs Only use if it illustrates the point Only ONE per slide

16 Charts and Tables Charts and tables are useful to explain complex ideas Make sure they are big enough to see easily including legends Normally only ONE per slide (unless comparing)

17 Creating a PowerPoint presentation Do NOT start by opening PowerPoint Always PLAN the presentation out first Create a ‘storyboard’ Then…

18 Creating a PowerPoint presentation

19 Click on Design in toolbar

20 Choose a design…drag to preview

21 Then just add your text etc…. Remembering to adhere to the guidelines about: Backgrounds Fonts Colour Text Etc….

22 Inserting clip art Click on ‘Insert’ in the tool bar Select Clip Art The task pane will open in the right hand side of the screen

23 Clip Art task pane

24 Type in a search term You may have to try several search terms This is especially the case if you are trying to illustrate abstract concepts. Let’s try teacher…

25 Just choose the clip by clicking on it and then drag to resize to fit

26 You can add a photograph

27 Just click on the bottom left icon

28 Animating text First type in your text Then click on Animations Then choose Custom animation….

29 This opens the custom animation task pane

30 Select an element of the slide and click ‘Add Effect’

31 Choose the effect and set the parameters..

32 Delivering a PowerPoint presentation PowerPoint is there to help you get your points across NOT to distract the audience and dominate the lecture. It is NOT a substitute for knowledge Remember PPPPP Prior practice prevents poor performance

33 Delivering a PowerPoint presentation Do NOT read the slides, explain the points Do NOT speak with your back to the audience If necessary use a spare laptop or hard copies so you don’t have to look behind you Do not rush, spend 2-3 minutes on each slide

34 Handouts It is usually a good idea to provide handouts When to give them to your audience is a matter of some debate You can produce them with 3 slides per page and space for notes

35 Go to print, select handouts…


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