Creating a PowerPoint Presentation Adapted from presentation by Dr. Carolyn McKeon Kaplan University
Slide Style Tips • Clearly label each slide. • List main points. • Write in bullet-point form, not complete sentences. • Include 4-5 points per slide. • Try to avoid wordiness; use key words and short phrases.
What not to do! • Do not write in paragraph form. For example, this page contains too many words for a PPT slide. It is not written in bullet-point form, which makes it difficult to read and extract the key points. Paragraphs look much more complicated than bullet points, and that can be distracting. In short, the reader will feel overwhelmed by this slide and will not find the main points easily.
Font Style Tips • Use a minimum of 18-point font • Use different font sizes for main points and secondary points • On this slide: The title is 43-point font, the main points are 32-point font, and this secondary point is 28-point font. • Use easy to read fonts
What not to do with Fonts! • If you us a small font, the reader will not be able to read your slides with ease • CAPITALIZE ONLY WHEN NECESSARY, OR IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO READ • Do not use complicated font, such as ‘Impact’ or ‘GoudyHandtooled BT’
Good Color Tips • Use a font that contrasts sharply with the background • For example, black font on white background • You can change colors to reinforce the logic of your structure • For example, using light blue title and dark blue text • You can also use color to emphasize a point • Only do this occasionally
What not to do with Color! • This font color is hard to read since it does not contrast well with a white background • If you change colors simply for decoration, it will be distracting and annoying • It is not necessary to use a different color for each point • Using a different color for secondary points is also unnecessary • Trying to be creative can also be annoying
Background & Image Tips • Choose a background that will not interfere; keep it simple • If you choose a dark background, be sure to use a light-colored font • Be sure to use the same background consistently throughout your presentation • Add only images that emphasize your points; keep it simple
Spelling and Grammar Tips • Proof your slides for: • Speling mistakes • The use of of repeated words • Grammatical errors you might have make
CE 114 Unit 3 Projectshould contain… • Title Slide (1 slide) • Introduction (1-2 slides) • Body (3-5 slides) • Conclusion (1-2 slides) • Reference Slide (1 slide)
General Note • Each slide should have an appropriate title • For example: “Introduction”, “The Ideal Learning Environment”, “Conclusion”, etc. • The slide presentation should follow a logical pattern
How to design a Title Slide • ‘Project Title’ including the subject investigated in the PPT • Include author’s name, date, and course name/ number
Introduction • Think of the first one or two slides as a synopsis of the introduction you would write for an essay • Introduce the focus of the project • Provide background information (with citations)
Body of the PowerPoint • Create 1 or 2 slides for each topic related to the main focus of PPT, but do not put more than one topic on a slide • Cite specific reasons that support your ideas; including personal examples • Make sure to use references or direct quotes to reputable resources; if using a direct quote use quotation marks • For example: Puckett & Black (2005) suggest “…”
Concluding Slide • Use a conclusion slide to summarize the main points of your presentation, including • What it was about • Main ideas of an ideal learning environment • Final thoughts
Reference Slide • See the last slide of this presentation as an example • Make sure references are alphabetized and numbered • For Websites, include more than just the URL • Correct APA format is not necessary, but should be attempted
References • International Association of Science and Technology for Development. “Presentation Tips.” on 11/12/2006 http://www.iasted.org/conferences/formatting/Presentations-Tips.ppt. • Puckett, M., & Black, J. (2005). The young child: Development from prebirth through age eight. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.