For this trimester you’ll be presenting a slideshow on the topic of Greek mythology.
Here are some tips to follow when planning your presentation:
- Write a script. Plan what you will say. Give it a beginning (introduction), a middle (body) and an end (conclusion). You can use notes as a guide, but try not to depend on them too heavily.
- Talk about what is on the screen at the moment. Reveal bullet points one at a time. You should control the flow of information.
- Do not use paragraphs. Your slides are the illustrations for your presentation, not the presentation itself. They should underline and reinforce what you’re saying as you give your presentation — save the paragraphs of text for your script.
- Pay attention to design. Keep it simple. Avoid adding too many features that distract the viewer.
- Use a sans serif font for body text. Sans serifs like Arial, Helvetica, or Calibri tend to be the easiest to read on screens.
- Use decorative fonts only for slide headers, and then only if they’re easy to read. Decorative fonts –calligraphy, German blackface, futuristic, psychotic handwriting, flowers, art nouveau, etc. – are hard to read and should be reserved only for large headlines at the top of the page. Stick to a classy serif font like Georgia or Baskerville.
- Put dark text on a light background.
- Align text left or right. Centered text is harder to read and looks amateurish. Line up all your text to a right-hand or left-hand baseline – it will look better and be easier to follow.
- Avoid clutter. A headline, a few bullet points, maybe an image (a related one)– anything more than that and you risk losing your audience as they sort it all out.
- Use images sparingly. If you must use images make sure these are different and relevant to the topic. Keep in mind that most are familiar to your audience and may not be necessary for the presentation.
- Remember, the slides on the screen are only part of the presentation – and not the main part. Even though the classroom may be dark, think about your own presentation manner – how you hold yourself, how you wear your uniform, how you move around the room. You are the focus when you’re presenting, no matter how interesting your slides are. How you present the information is just as important as the information itself.
- Open with something surprising or intriguing, something that will get your audience to sit up and take notice.
- Ask a question or two during the presentation, even if no one answers your question. It keeps the audience on their toes and makes the presentation more interesting.
- Always speak as if you were speaking to a friend, not as if you are reading off of index cards (even if you are). Practice with a friend.
- End with something that will make your audience remember your presentation.
Check out the Evaluative Criteria: 2014-2015 Fourth Trimester Assessment #2 . Print it out if you want to but it’s not necessary. You will use Google Slides for the presentation (watch the tutorial below).
We will begin on Thursday, March 19, with the first ten topics (check the number of your topic). On that day we will also have the first quiz based on the texts I distributed in class.
Here’s a tutorial for working with Google Slides that can assist you. Check with me ahead of time if you need more help. ~~LMM