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Tips for Making PowerPoint a More Dynamic Teaching Tool. Beth Fisher, Ph.D. Associate Director The Teaching Center [email protected] ITeach 2010. Tips for Making PPT a More Dynamic Teaching Tool. Love It or Hate It?. “PowerPoint is Evil.”.

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tips for making powerpoint a more dynamic teaching tool

Tips for Making PowerPoint a More Dynamic Teaching Tool

Beth Fisher, Ph.D.

Associate Director

The Teaching Center

[email protected]

ITeach 2010

love it or hate it
Love It or Hate It?

“PowerPoint is Evil.”

“Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely. “

Wired Magazine, 9/03

Edward Tufte

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During Class

Interact

Get students involved

Move around the room

Look at students, not at slides

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Design Slides to Facilitate Interaction

Reduce Information

Text: Apply 6/6 Rule

Make Connections and Show Relationships

Organize Information Visually

Incorporate Active Learning

Allow for Non-Linear Movement

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Incorporate Active Learning
  • Create opportunities for students to
    • discuss an argument or issue
    • solve a problem
    • analyze a text, an image, or a data table
    • annotate or explain a diagram
    • answer a multiple-choice question
  • Prepare “bare-bones” slides
  • Consider using chalkboard, document camera, SMART Board, or tablet PC
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Group Discussion: 10 minutes

Identify the predominant visual image in your group’s assigned paragraph.

Underline key words or phrases.

What does this image contribute to the meaning of the paragraph? and to the larger themes of the novel? (Discuss more than one answer or possibility and be ready to explain your answers to the class.)

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Biology 3191

SeeTeaching Commentaries

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PowerPoint Design

1. Select Sans-Serif Fonts

2. Use 24-pts or larger

3. Test slides in classroom before class:

Does projector display graphics and colors as desired?

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1: Outline of Topics A-D

Slide 2: Topic A Details

Slide 3: Topic B Details

Slide 4: Topic C Details

Slide 5: Topic D Details

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Create Flexibility

Slide 2: Topic A Details

Slide 1: OutlineTopic ATopic B

Topic C

Topic D

Slide 3: Topic B Details

Slide 5: Topic D Details

Slide 4: Topic C Details

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Create Menus

Topic A Details

Topic B Details

Topic C Details

Topic D Details

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Preparing to Teach ≠ Preparing Slides
  • Use PowerPoint
    • for specific purposes, including active learning.
    • with other tools.
  • Reduce and organize information on slides.
  • Create flexibility with hyperlinks.
  • Stay engaged and interactive during class.
  • Consult with The Teaching Center.
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PowerPoint Design

Less is More

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Select Sans-Serif Fonts

For example: Calibri, Arial, Tahoma

NOTTimes New Roman

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Use 24-pt or Larger

Can your text be read at the back of the room?

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Color

Dark Background = Dark Room

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