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PowerPoint Guidelines. 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).

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PowerPoint Guidelines


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!)


We can’t see!

Size of Font

  • Keep audience in mind

    • Small group?

    • Whole class?


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!

This slide

is getting

way too

crowded,

so...

…MAKE

A NEW

SLIDE!!!

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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!


Leave some empty space!

Spacing

  • Do not “crowd” slide

    • Leave “white space” so eye can process information on slide


Example: A Poor Slide

  • 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 Good Slide

  • Notice:

    • colors compliment each other

    • background does not “fight” with words and pictures

    • picture “fits” with topic of slide

    • slide not too crowded


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

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Consistency

  • If presentation is long:

    • Maintain consistency within sections of presentation


Example: A Poor Slide

  • Way too many sounds!

  • Way too many animation effects!

  • All of the noise and activity distracts from the slide!

  • ANNOYING!!!


Example: A Good Slide

  • Limited sound

  • 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!


Final Thoughts

  • Content!

  • Content!

  • Content!


Credits

Message of Ancient Days

Houghton Mifflin Social Studies: 2001

Chapter 7, Lesson 1, p. 188

Star-Walk

Silver, Burdett, & Ginn: 1989

“Eagle Flight” by Alonzo Lopez, p. 331


THE

END


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