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  • Design Strategies for Effective Presentations

  • PowerPoint PoisoningHave you experienced it?How can you avoid it?

  • Important Introductory NoteMany slides in this presentation contain little or no formatting. Any formatting present is intentional.

  • I Can See Clearly Now

    A - Title off center?

  • I Can See Clearly NowB - Title centered?

  • I can see clearly nowThe visual center of a page is NOT the exact center of the page. Position your title slightly above the center of the page.

  • Four design goals:Get the audiences attentionDraw the audience into the informationKeep the audiences attentionMake a lasting impressionA - Lots of transitions and sounds?

  • Four design goals:Get the audiences attentionDraw the audience into the informationKeep the audiences attentionMake a lasting impressionB - Limited transitions and sounds?

  • I can see clearly nowBeware of novelty bumps. Dazzle is no substitute for substance!Limit the use of transitions and sounds.

  • ConsiderSound and videoTextColors and backgroundPictures and clipartRelevant learningA - Bulleted text?

  • ConsiderUse sound and video only for educational purposes. It is easy to get carried away with the bells and whistles. Dont let it happen to you. You must consider how you use text. You should think about the size of the text, the amount of text, and the font of the text. You should also Preview the effect of chosen colors and background. Try to preview it on the machine you will use. The screens may look different when you connect to a projection unit. Choose pictures and clipart that enhance the presentation. Photographs are powerful and we probably do not use them enough. Look for ways to provide relevant learning clues in the presentation. Finds ways to involve your learners beyond just listening.B - Paragraphs of text?

  • I can see clearly nowIf there appears to be too much writing, the viewer may not read the text.Apply the 6X6 rule. Put no more than 6 words per line and 6 sentences per page.Use words as markers of key ideas.

  • Lets Look at Formatting TextCaseSizeFontAmountPlacementA - Capitalize title and bullets?

  • Lets look at formatting textcasesizefontamountplacement

    B - Lowercase title and bullets?

  • I can see clearly nowTitles and bullets can be in lowercase.However, if this bothers your readers, you may want to capitalize titles and bullets.

  • WHICH OF THESE TWO BLOCKS OF TEXT IS EASIER TO READ? WHY DO YOU THINK THATS THE CASE?Which of these two blocks of text is easier to read? Why do you think thats the case?A - Lowercase? or B - Uppercase?

  • THIS IS APPLE CHANCERY IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.This is Apple Chancery in small letters. Which is easier to read?A - Lowercase? or B - Uppercase?

  • I can see clearly nowText should not be written in all capitals. Capital words are only 60% as readable as lowercase words.

  • Can you read this without glasses? 4 pointCan you read this without glasses? 6 pointCan you read this without glasses? 8 pointCan you read this without glasses? 12 pointCan you read this without glasses? 14 pointCan you read this without glasses? 18 pointCan you read this without glasses? 20 pointCan you read this without glasses? 22 pointCan you read this without glasses? 24 pointCan you read this without glasses? 28 point

    A - Less than 18 point? B - Above 18 point?

  • I can see clearly nowThe minimum size of font is 18 point. Stand 10 back from your computer. If you can read your text, your audience will be able to read it.

  • Serif fonts vsSerif fonts include tiny horizontal or vertical lines. They are highly readable because the serifs facilitate the ease of eye movement across each line of text.A - Serif font?

  • San-Serif fontsSan-Serif fonts do not include tiny horizontal or vertical lines. They are highly noticeable and get the readers attention. The lack of lines tends to slow down the readers eyes.B - San-Serif font?

  • I can see clearly nowSerif fonts are appropriate for formal presentations.They guide the readers eyes.San-Serif fonts are easy on the eyes.They get the readers attention.

  • A look at fontsComic Sans is Dilberts favorite!This is what Garamond looks like.Avant Garde has a clean look.Schoolhouse makes you feel like youre back in school.Helvetica is the default for many programs.Arial is popular for web pages.Times is an easy-to-read font

    A - A lot of fonts? B - Limited fonts?

  • I can see clearly nowTry not to use more than 2 fonts in 3 sizes on any slide.Try not to use more than 3 fonts in 4 sizes in your entire presentation.

  • Aligning your textType can express moods and emotions too. Type can be serious and business-like, or it can be relaxed and open. It can shout at you, or it can give its message quietly. A - Left-justified?

  • Aligning your textType can express moods and emotions too. Type can be serious and business-like, or it can be relaxed and open. It can shout at you, or it can give its message quietly. B - Centered?

  • I can see clearly nowWe read from left to right, so text that is left justified is more readable.Titles are also easier to read aligned on the left instead of centered.

  • The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.A - Text on one line?

  • The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.B - Text in phrases?

  • I can see clearly nowLong lines are harder to read. Think of reading patterns.We read in phrases, so a phrase of text is easier to read than a long line of text.

  • Create contrastLight background and dark textA - Light background?

  • Create contrastDark background and light text?B - Dark background?

  • I can see clearly nowGraphics and text need contrast.Dark print and a light background is easier to read in print, but darker colors generally make better backgrounds for presentations.

  • Using imagesWhich one do you prefer?A - Clipart?

  • Using imagesWhich one do you prefer?B - Photographs?

  • I can see clearly nowWhenever possible, use photographs rather than clipart.

  • Using imagesFollow the eyesA - Off the page?

  • Using imagesFollow the eyesB - Towards the center?

  • I can see clearly nowBe aware of apparent motion.Keep the viewers eyes on the page by placing pictures so they face inward or towards the message.

  • More information can be found at:

    http://www.thecommittedsardine.net/infosavvy/education/ejukesbio.html

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