I’ve seen some rubbish presentations with PowerPoint. I mean some absolute horrors, almost as bad as some of these.
Apparently, lots of us are poor at using Powerpoint. It has become synonymous with dry, lecture style content, wordy slides and crass images.
Confession time – how many of you reading this blog post still create slides like this:
You’re asked to create a presentation and our default is to create a title slide.
Next it offers up an opportunity to add a slide of bullets with an image.
For variety, we then add an image with bullets.
And then another image with bullets. If that’s the way we’ve been shown, it’s not wrong just easy.
Just look at the quality of the clipart images we can use. Isn’t our work original? We have no excuse – we were taught this in the workplace when the tools were launched and we haven’t changed our ways. Our children however…
This topic has come up as my youngest son was asked to create a PowerPoint presentation as part of his science homework. I asked him when he was presenting it and he answered that he wasn’t – it was to be printed and handed to his teacher. He had to produce a minimum of 4 slides that incorporated images and text and are about the topic of natural resources.
Aside from the fact this is a waste of resources – he could have created it and sent it via email, VLE, or a cloud storage provider – it’s teaching him the bad habits of PowerPoint above.
So I sat with him and firstly showed him how to source copyright free images. We looked at the fonts he could use and how to find one he liked. We talked about colours and how he could use them to theme his work. After a bit more time than he’d usually put in he created this: