I have never put too much thought into my PowerPoint presentations. I would get all my information onto the slides and include a couple images and call it good. What I did not know was that there are books and techniques for making a better presentation. On example of a book that helps make a presentation effective is, Presentation Design. For the chapter of the book that I read, I learned a lot. I had previous knowledge of the fact that tons of text on a slide was a bad idea, but I had no idea how many other techniques there are to have a good presentation.
One of the most interesting things that I learn was the less is better technique. From the chapter in the book Presentation Design I saw before and after slides of the technique, less is better, and it really does make a difference. Having 12 pictures and labeling them is not a good idea for having an effective slide. Having one picture and maybe a label really draws the students in to understand what the slide is really trying to emphasize. I also knew that bullet points can get boring on a PowerPoint, but I did not know that it was such a tiresome idea to include any at all. I thought that learning about the Big Four, contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity were very helpful to understand how to make a visually pleasing slide.
A lot of this information can be incorporated into the presentations that I make for my students and presentations that students will make to share. As a teacher I will want my students to be interested in the topic that I am presenting, so I will incorporate some of the techniques that I learned about PowerPoint’s into my presentations. Instead of having my students just make a PowerPoint, I will help them and show them how to make an efficient PowerPoint.
As a student I have never had to make too many PowerPoint’s, but the few that I have made seem to lack a lot of the techniques that are suppose to make PowerPoint’s, powerful. Most often my slides would be filled with pictures and words everywhere, so that I could cram all of my information on one slide. Other times I would create a PowerPoint that would be like my note card and I would just read off of it. I now know that my techniques for PowerPoint have been vastly wrong, and I hope that reading this article will help me in the future have amazing presentations.