Death by PowerPoint06-Jul-2007
MEC training Manager, Mike Green, writes:
‘I’ve recently come across some great tips for sprucing up PowerPoint presentations. So if you ever use PowerPoint with students or in other areas of your work, then read on!
Firstly, check out the blog from the MS Office UK manager. He’s got some great ideas on how to brush up on your presenting technique. These two tips in particular are great – I will definitely be using them in future:
- Use shortcuts to find individual slides.
“… print out your deck in handout mode for yourself with the slide numbers. Then if you type ’13′ and hit enter, PowerPoint will display slide 13 without you having to press escape, find the slide and then restart the presentation.”
2. Use the “b” key to blank the slide.
“Sometimes leaving a slide up can distract the audience when you want them to listen to you. If after showing a slide, you blank it, the focus returns to you in the room and you can again make a key point. You can press ‘b’ again to bring it back.”
You should also beware the dangers of too much PowerPoint. This article from the Sydney Morning Herald explains why researchers at the University of New South Wales, Australia, have challenged popular teaching methods, including the use of presentations with tools such as PowerPoint. John Sweller from the university’s Faculty of Education argues that only diagrams should be used in presentations because speaking the same words that are written on the PowerPoint decreases the mind’s ability to process the information.
Do you or would you ever use PowerPoint with students?’