Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Powerful PowerPoint Presentations

As I was sitting on my back porch with my laptop this evening, one click led to another and I came across a video, Extreme Makeover, PowerPoint Edition, on using PowerPoint effectively. The video, which is about 20 minutes long, shows examples of both effective and poorly designed presentations.

Admit it . . . we've all sat through one too many PowerPoint presentations, whether in our own classrooms or at a workshop presented by a professional, while the presenter read every word on every slide. And/or the presenter used every transition and every animation and every sound effect, from screeching brakes to breaking glass, that PowerPoint offers. Jamie McKenzie refers to this use of the software (all glitz and no content) as "PowerPointlessness." (I admit that I've given a few of these presentations myself . . . minus the breaking glass!)

We all need to work with our students on their presentation skills. We must insist that they prepare themselves for their speeches and refuse to let them read bullet after bullet after bullet. Let's put the sound effects and clip art to rest once and for all!

Check out Seth Godin's 10-page e-book (pdf) on Really Bad PowerPoint (and How to Avoid It).

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