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Powerpoint in the classroom

PowerPoint in the classroom


Catalyst services
Catalyst Services

Tools and resources to help you achieve your goals

  • Learning Spaces

  • Web Tools

  • Knowledge Services


Help and resources
Help and resources

  • Web: http://catalyst.washington.edu

  • Email: [email protected]

  • Drop-in: Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

    Odegaard Library, Room 230

    Monday-Friday, 12:00 - 5:00

  • Phone: (206) 897-1999


Workshop objectives
Workshop Objectives

  • Discuss planning issues and pros/cons

  • Overview of PowerPoint features

  • Hands-on work with PowerPoint


Hands on work
Hands-on work

  • Choose design template & slide layout

  • Insert objects

  • Format text & background

  • Use various views

  • Present your slide show

  • Print handouts


Why use powerpoint
Why Use PowerPoint?

  • Quick and easy visuals for presentations

  • Easy to modify, annotate & archive

  • Ability to add links, sound, & video

  • Web presentations

  • Many format options


Presentation formats
Presentation formats

  • Color or black & white transparencies

  • Screen-projector presentations

  • Handouts

  • Outlines

  • 35-mm slides

  • Upload presentations to a Web site


Technical planning
Technical Planning

  • Software considerations

    • Mac/XP/2000 – compatible?

    • Package for CD option – files and “player”

  • Hardware considerations

    • Verify projector and computer set-up

    • Verify access to Internet if needed

    • Have a backup plan


Planning
Planning

  • Who is your audience?

  • What are your time constraints?

  • What are your goals?

  • What is the best way to present your material?


Pros and cons of screen projectors
Pros and cons of screen projectors

  • Convenience of digital format

  • Presenter remains at front of room

  • Lower resolution than 35 mm slides

  • Tendency to wash out color

  • Color inconsistency from projector to projector


Design considerations
Design considerations

  • Don’t crowd too many points on a page. It’s really distracting to try to read a lot of text.

  • Solid blocks of heavy text are hard to look at and counteract all the great visual potential that PowerPoint offers to presenters.

  • Your audience will end up spending so much time reading the text on your slides that they are going to miss everything that you are saying because they are so busy reading and why not just send them a letter if that’s all you wanted to do in the first place.

  • Small fonts are hard to read in large lecture halls and can make it very distracting for students to pay attention to your lecture. Use 18 pt font at a minimum.


Design considerations1
Design considerations

  • Use a sans-serif font like Arial or Verdana

  • Serif fonts are best for print materials

  • 18 pt text at a minimum (this is 32 pt!)

  • Contrast between text and background


Design considerations2
Design considerations

  • Use a sans-serif font like Arial, Verdana

  • Serif fonts are best for print materials not screen projection

  • 18 pt text at a minimum (this is 32 pt!)

  • Be careful of contrast between text and background (light background with dark text is easier to read)


Design considerations3
Design considerations

  • Use a sans-serif font like Arial, Verdana

  • Serif fonts are best for print materials not screen projection

  • 18 pt text at a minimum (this is 32 pt!)

  • Be careful of contrast between text and background (light background with dark text is easier to read)


The lure of bells and whistles
The lure of bells and whistles

  • PowerPoint makes it easy to add bells and whistles

  • Should you?


Powerpoint bells and whistles
PowerPoint bells and whistles

  • Designed for business communication

  • Goal to entertain, impress, obscure, sell – not necessarily to teach

  • But studies show students perceive use of PowerPoint positively

    Are students right?


Studies say no
Studies say “No!”

  • No significant difference in quiz scores (transparencies vs. text PowerPoint)

  • Students do 10% worse on quizzes that come from expanded PowerPoint lectures.

  • Adding pictures doesn’t always have a positive effect on student learning.

    --(Bartsch & Cobern, 2003)


For example
For example

  • Unrelated images actually detract from student learning

  • Even relevant pictures do not help

  • Notice the interference?


Guidelines for use of images
Guidelines for use of images

  • Only use images when relevant to content

  • When in doubt, leave it out

  • Images that illustrate complex concepts are beneficial to student learning

  • Put images on slides separate from information


Creating a slideshow
Creating a slideshow

  • Let’s start creating a slideshow

  • To open PowerPoint, select Start>Programs>Microsoft Office>PowerPoint


Catalyst user experience team cue
Catalyst User Experience Team (CUE)

Help us design for your needs

Initial and quarterly surveys

Invitations to focus groups & interviews

2-3 hours/year

Hear from us

Semi-annual newsletter

1-3 quarterly emails


Thank you for attending
Thank you for attending!

Let us know how to improve our workshop

http://catalyst.washington.edu/learning/ppt.html

Click “Evaluation” at top of page.


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