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PowerPoint: A Two-headed Instructional Tool PowerPoint Common Abuses Best Practices You get to practice Common Abuses Funky graphic design Distracting noise Graphic density too high Dual processor fouls (read and listen) Graphic Design Watch for color bleed This is Hard to Read

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powerpoint a two headed instructional tool

PowerPoint: A Two-headed Instructional Tool

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

powerpoint
PowerPoint
  • Common Abuses
  • Best Practices
  • You get to practice

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

common abuses
Common Abuses
  • Funky graphic design
  • Distracting noise
  • Graphic density too high
  • Dual processor fouls (read and listen)

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

graphic design
Graphic Design
  • Watch for color bleed

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

this is hard to read
This is Hard to Read

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

choose 1 emphasis method
Choose 1 Emphasis Method

If you choosetoo manymethods of

  • emphasiszing
  • something,

your students don’t know what is important!

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

so is this
So is This

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

fonts should be large
Fonts Should Be Large

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

use contrasting color schemes
Use Contrasting Color Schemes

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

fonts
Fonts
  • This is a 32 point font
  • This is a 32 point font
  • Notice any difference??
  • Serifs make it difficult to read text.
  • It’s pretty but it is less legible.

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

noise
Noise
  • Can be useful (rarely)
  • It is usually distracting and counter-productive

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

graphic density
Graphic Density

This is just a fancy way to say that many people try to put too much stuff on a slide. PowerPoint isn’t meant to be used this way. You don’t ever want to put more than 25 words on a slide. This slide has 47.

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

dual processing
Dual Processing

Never read to your students while expecting them to read. If you were going to read it to them, you shouldn’t have put it on a slide, unless, of course, you were going to give them time to read it as well.

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

best practices
Best Practices

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

large fonts
Large Fonts

This is a 60 point font

This is a 40 point font

This is a 20 point font and has become an eye test

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

some colors just work better
Some Colors Just Work Better

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College

dark font on light text
Dark Font on Light Text

It’s fairly dull but it is legible

light font on dark background is also fine
Light Font on Dark Background is Also Fine

Dr. G.L. Whitt

Roanoke, College