One message on a slide, use note pages, and I should use more slides when keeping them simple: these are the main ideas I have learned for formatting content on slides and presentations. I will use these ideas when creating future presentations.
I have updated my:
- Systems infographic from week 3
- Systems slides
Systems Infographic Comparison
Feedback given: a lot of information, busy, not enough white space, lots of color, flow a bit confusing (what are the 2 kinds of systems?), titles competing for attention. As you can see, I deleted a lot of text and created an infographic about systems with less information. I kept contrast (white background, grey content boxes, brightly colored boxes for accentuation) and added more pictures. Each row was enlarged and two columns created to compare the two types of systems. Arrows were added to focus attention on the flow.
Systems Slides Comparison
Feedback for the Before slide was: this slide was boring, has explicit information, no pictures, has clear sentences, too much text for some students. There is only one slide. It has three sentences written on it and no pictures. I added a border around the text box to add separation from the title and also bolded main words to focus attention. I showed this slide to my class and then read the information.
After watching How to Avoid Death by Powerpoint (David JP Phillips for TedXStockholmsalon) and reading Garr Reynold’s website Presentation Zen: 10 tips for improving Your Presentations Today; I made slides simple and added more slides (three compared to one), added a dark background, increased the title font size, and added text animation to catch attention. The theme is about systems and because my audience is ten to eleven year olds, I used Lego pictures to connect with them.
I have noticed that the resources I have viewed are for adults giving presentations to other adults. Do the same design principles apply to eleven year olds?
Since I teach eleven year olds, this influences the way I give presentations which are usually about content or instructions. In my experience, students:
- won’t read the Notes Pages in Slides or forget this section exists
- expect me to give them information about the content and to find it on the slide
- lose focus on slideshows that are too long (about 10 slides).
I usually have students do more interactive activities (ex: 4 corners, other visible thinking routines, exploring science tools and ideas, etc.) where they don’t have to rely on a slideshow presentation to make meaning of the content.
When students are taking their own notes from information I am relaying, I do think using less text and more photos are helpful. I would also direct attention to a unit Word Wall so students can find the words they need for their writing.
How about you?
Which design principle is the most important for you to include in presentations?