Powerpoint Intervention

Wednesday, June 8 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm in the Tally Computer Lab

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci

Presenting well is a "whole minded" skill. Good presenters target people's "left brain" and "right brain".

Ask the question: What is my absolute central point? - if the audience is to remember only one thing, what do you want it to be?

Trick of the Trade: turn off the computer

Pen and Paper: Spontaneous flow and rhythm for visualizing and recording ideas.

Post-It Notes: Fill a wall with them and put ideas on each slide to create a storyboard. This lets you see the idea form and flow from start to end.

Whiteboards: Sketch ideas on a large scale and step back to visualize flow

Handouts: Use a handout to keep you from being compelled to cram everything into the visuals.

Food Example of Zen Use

Garr Reynolds author of Presentation Zen: Preparation Tips

Garr Reynolds author of Presentation Zen: Tips for Presenters

Simplicity: the careful reduction of the nonessential
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Use Color Well - color is tethered to emotion

Text within Images

Garr Reynold's author of Presentation Zen: Tips for Slides

Making Multiple Choice Tests in PPT:
For teachers, from teachers

Alternatives to Powerpoint:

Animoto -

Characteristics of Living Things; Energy Forms; Nature's Wrath; Foods We Eat From Plants; The Water Cycle

Animoto - Leonardo Project
Microsoft Photostory 3
SlideShare.net- lets you upload presentations to share online
Google Presenter
Adobe Buzzword
Slide Story
Slide Rocket

Learning on your own:
Microsoft Help - The blue question mark button on the top right of each Microsoft Office program
Office Help Online
Office Podcasts
Atomic Learning
Google Search

In the Classroom:
Microsoft links for Educators
Templates for Students
Grading Rubrics for Powerpoint
Free online templates

Classroom Uses for Microsoft Powerpoint:

  • Flash Cards - Create Flashcard presentations for individual and group reinforcement. You can create a template and choose whether you or your students will insert the words or phrases. Topics may include: reinforcing math concepts; practicing parts of speech; practicing spelling; reinforcing story problems; and reinforcing numbers, letters, or colors.
  • Field Trip Slide Shows - Develop field trip slide shows to review and apply knowledge learned on a field trip. Students can work together to make a slide show that presents what they saw, as well as what they learned.
  • Autobiographical Stories - Students can create short autobiographical stories about themselves. Scanned photos can be inserted for interest. Once the slides are complete, you can put them together in a presentation to show an audience, such as an open house or parent night.
  • Interactive Book Reports - Have students create a PowerPoint presentation about books they read.
  • Music Class Recitals - For music teachers, PowerPoint is a useful tool for creating slide shows of student recitals. During a recital, take pictures of the students while they are performing and record a small portion of their music. On slides, include both each student's picture and music.
  • Group Slide Shows - Give your students a topic (such as zoo animals) and tell them to choose parts of the topic to focus on (such as specific zoo animals). Have students research their assigned portions of the topic and develop slides to serve as a part of a group presentation about the topic.
  • Seating Chart - Teachers can customize shapes to build a replica of their classrooms for sub folders or keeping track of where students sit.
  • Poetry Readings - Students can create slides exhibiting their personal poetry along with a voice recording.
  • Science Presentations - Use PowerPoint to teach processes and how things work. Teachers or students can add additional items to a diagram to illustrate how a process grows and changes. Science principles work well using this format.
  • Student Portfolios - PowerPoint can be used to create portfolios of student work.
  • Class Yearbook-Type Presentations - Collect photos; information about special events; examples of class and student projects, etc. throughout the year and create a year-in-review presentation.

What these projects look like:

Ancient Greece
Oh Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Solving Algrebra Equations
Star Trek Next Generation Intro
Writing Tips
WHS Vietnam Memorial Project

Finding Online Images: