Rebecca . May 10, 2010. 7 DON’Ts of PowerPoint. Reading your text directly from the screen
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May 10, 2010
Reading your text directly from the screen
Put an entire paragraph of text on the slide, making it so that anyone in your audience can see word for word exactly what you’re going to stay for the next 10 minutes, and guaranteeing that they’re not going to pay attention to you
Have more than 7 lines of text on one slide, so you have to shrink the font to make it fit, and thus make it so that your audience will have to lean in or refer to notes to see what it is that you’ve printed on the page. Better yet, you could copy and paste the entire textbook into PowerPoint, and save yourself awhole bunch of trouble having to refer students back to it.
Annoying transitions - Add a bunch of text to the slide, and make it fly in one character at a time, or do the wave!
Add as many sound effects as you can find, especially if they’re not relevant
Don’t Use consistent sizes and fonts
Forget contrast –use a font color that blends into your background
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I have had pets all of my life.
I won a jump rope contest in kindergarten
Reading has always been a big part of my life.
I try to read 50 books a year but I don’t always make it!
I love mysteries, history and books about education
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Estonia has beautiful castles and scenery.
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I hope to go there this spring or early summer.
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