Tips for Creating Effective Presentation Slides

We’ve all seen those Death By PowerPoint talks at some point. Yet, presentation after presentation is filled with way too much text and clashing color schemes. As teachers, we are so guilty of this. I think that much of the time we think that our presentation slides should serve as lecture notes that can be reviewed. (However, studies have shown that this is not an effective mode of presentation: Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides.) So I feel that students are always seeing these text-heavy slide shows and mimic that when creating their own class presentations.

One of the teachers at my school asked me to put together some tips for creating effective presentation slides. Below is what I came up with. I tried to keep it really short while touching on the ideas I thought most important for our students to keep in mind. I way oversimplified the chart types, but thought something on the topic would be helpful to include. I’d love to hear any thoughts/feedback on the below. I’ll work to update and revise this in the future.

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