Presenter’s Tools & Tips

Created by Francine Vasilomanolakis, 2009 [email protected]


Presenter’s Tools & Tips . Created by Francine Vasilomanolakis, 2009 [email protected]. An “Ideal Teacher”. Fluent in the first language of all of students Has no gender - sexless Is not too young or too old nor too enthusiastic Inspires and never nags - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Created by Francine Vasilomanolakis, [email protected]

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An “Ideal Teacher” Fluent in the first language of all of students

Has no gender - sexless

Is not too young or too old nor too enthusiastic

Inspires and never nags

Is as funny as Bill Cosby

Is a combination of Bill Cosby and the Dalai Lama with a dash of the latest superhero and is an angel of light

Quoted from:


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What Do Students Want???Strongly preferred instructors’ use of key

phrase outlines revealed line by line on PowerPoint slides, to use them as discussion points, adding examples and elaborating beyond the slides and the text book on the key points.

Preferred the use of sounds congruent with the slide content and from the popular media. Bartsch and Cobern (2003) study, when not used purposefully, students found sounds distracting or “not worth the effort.


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What Do Students Want???Preferred the use of any color background to

white, except for the use of bright colors that “hurt the eyes”. Similar to the use of sounds, colors and lightly patterned backgrounds can be used purposefully to cue learning.

Strongly preferred the lights dimmed during the PowerPoint presentations.

An assessment of student preferences for PowerPoint presentation structure in undergraduate courses Jennifer M. Appersona, Eric L. Lawsa and James A. Scepanskyb

Computers & education 50.1 (2008): 148-153.


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Basic PrinciplesKeep it simple

Impact with content not glitz

Be organized


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Research has found when using PPT in class…Students perceived lectures as more organized and

better at emphasizing key points

Students’ attitudes toward the course and their self-efficacy beliefs were positively effected

Students claimed it was easier to attend to and understand the lectures

Students felt they took better notes and believed their notes were more organized, easier to understand, and useful for studying for exams


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Research has also demonstrated that…Students preferred that faculty make PPT’s

available electronically for printing before class – did not affect their attendance

Students preferred copies of actual PowerPoint slides, including pictures, graphs or charts, significantly more than just text alone


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Five P’s to RememberPlan





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What is the purpose?

What's the goal of your talk?Plan around your audience


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Preparing your planPlan on paper

Graphic organizer

Note cards

Post-it notes


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Begin with a POP!Prepare an “opening” with pizzazz

Use the power of multimedia

Pose a question related to the content focus

Present a challenge


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Good use versus Bad use

Create contrast between font and backgrounds

Create contrast between font and backgrounds


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Use readable fonts

Correct use of fonts

Use large font size Titles 48+ Bullets 24+

Make use of two different font types

Use sans serif fonts such as Arial, Tahoma, Verdana


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Too many lines!

Too many words!


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Keep sentences short – chunk information

Avoid punctuation

Avoid using ALL CAPS

No more than five/six lines of text per slide


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Bullet PointsSpace out

Use sparingly

Reveal all points at once… research

Keep attention…by contrast

Fading techniques

All slides should not look alike..


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How can technology be used to enhance writing assignments?

Remember that technology enhanced writing instruction at its best is student-centered, collaborative, and hands-on.

Begin at the end. Consider the goals for the final assignment and how they fit the overall course goals.

Break large projects into smaller writing assignments.

Remember that all writing does not have to receive a letter grade.

Sequence all of the assignments to correspond to students’ increasing mastery.




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Change the Format


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TransitionsSelect natural transitions

Focus on content

Be selective…do not over do special effects


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Current studies show…From Inside Higher Ed Newsletter – Nov. 13,


Students like to see PowerPoint used in their classes, but are very critical of poor presentation skills, especially when a professor just reads the slides.


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Practice Makes Perfect!Practice your presentation

Do you know your content well

Are you prepared to answer questions

Time yourself


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It’s in the PresentingHow confident are you in:

Using your voice clarity and volume

Building rapport with the audienceEye contact and changing to cues

Dealing with nervousnessBefore and after

Using body languageGestures and facial expression

Do not read word for



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Presenter Nightmares

Make sure everything works

Are you prepared?? Practice makes perfect

Handouts (hard copy versus virtual copy)


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Stop Death by PowerPoint1. Present supporting data with points on the

first slide and show the data and draw conclusions on the next

2. View the presentation as a short summary of the text conclusions…use it as a guide

3. Limit the amount of time you spend on each slide

4. Don’t read the slides5. Start presentation before audience arrives

and let your purpose drive some kind of change(Buss, 2009)


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Follow these step by step instructions!


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You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.

Henry Ford

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Resource Articles Apperson, J. M. (2008). An Assessment of Student Preferences for PowerPoint

Presentation Structure in Undergraduate Courses. Computers and Education , 148-153.

Buss, W. C. (2006). Stop Death by PowerPoint. Technology Today , 20-22.

Clark, Jennifer. (2008). PowerPoint and Pedagogy: Maintaining Student Interest in University Lectures. College Teaching, 39-45.

Jaschik, Scott. (2009). PowerPoint Studies. Inside Higher Ed .

Jill M. D'Angelo, S. A. (2007). Technology in the Classroom: Friend or Foe. Education , 462-471.

Klem, W. R. (2007). Computer Slide Shows. College Teaching , 121-124.

McKinney, Dani. (2009). iTunes University and the classroom: Can podcasts replace Professors? Computers & Education, 617-623.

Steve Mahar, U. Y. (2009). Less is More When Developing PowerPoint Animations. Information Systems Education Journal , 2-11.

Wet, C. F. (2006). Beyond Presentations: Using PowerPoint as an Effective Tool. Gifted Child Today,, 29-39.


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29F. Vasilomanolakis, El Camino College, 2009

[email protected]