Ideas for Using Presentation Software in the Classroom

Alternatives to Powerpoint:

Characteristics of good Powerpoint presentations:

Multimedia can become a goal in itself.
Students may devote more attention to special effects than on the issues being studied.

In the best case…
The presentation enhances and communicates a larger and deeper body of work and thought.
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  • Outline, not full text

  • Limit to about 6 lines
  • Limit to about 6 words per line
Font Size
  • Titles: 36 or 44 points
  • Text: 28 or 32 points
  • Subtext: 24 or 28 points
Fonts - Good
  • Use at least an 18-point font
  • Use different size fonts for main points and secondary points
  • Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial

Color - Bad
  • Using a font color that does not contrast with the background color is hard to read
  • Using color for decoration is distracting and annoying.
  • Using a different color for each point is unnecessary
  • Using a different color for secondary points is also unnecessary
  • Trying to be creative can also be bad
Background - Good
  • Use backgrounds that are attractive but simple
  • Use backgrounds which are light
  • Use the same background consistently throughout your presentation
Background – Bad
  • Avoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read from
  • Always be consistent with the background that you use

Spelling and Grammar
  • Proof your slides for:
  • speling mistakes
  • the use of of repeated words
  • grammatical errors you might have make

Suggestion: End with a Blank Slide