Create a Dynamic Presentation

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In the previous section you chose an application for your presentation that you are working on for your assignment for this module. 

No matter which application you have chosen, the design principles are always going to be the same. Below you are going to learn about design which includes graphics and layout. You will also learn about planning the final stages of creating your presentation as well as tips for presenting effectively. 


1. You are ready to create your presentation. You should have your message, an outline created and an application chosen for the creation. 

2. Depending on the application you have chosen there may be different themes. Choose one that is applicable to your audience. You will want to choose font that is easy to read especially when it is projected to your audience. 

3. The layout is very important. Your text and images should be balanced on the page. Size, shape and colors are very important. In terms of aesthetics you will want to use contrasting colors, etc. Create a sample slide and project it in the room you will be presenting in. Is the text legible in every spot in the room? (Arial and Helvetica are good choices)

 REMEMBER: Less text is better! Bullet your main points. Use visuals instead of text as they can convey messages too. 

  •  Do not put text on your slides for your audience to read AND read it to them. They can’t process the auditory and visual cues at the same time.

  • If you put a quotation or any sentence text up for your audience to read, tell them to read it, but do not read it to them. One quote/big idea per slide, no paragraphs

  •  If the application has slide notes, type what you are going to say there. Your audience does not have to see all the text that you are going to say. 

  • Watch the transitions. It is fine to experiment with transitions and flying bullets, but they should not be a distraction.   

  • Read this article on How to Write Powerful Bullet Points  

4. Visuals are essential in presentations. You can choose images and/or videos to convey your message. 

5. You want to connect with your audience and one way might be a poll to assess pre or post knowledge of the topic. You may want to create polls ahead of time or do them on the fly. The polls will create conversation during your presentation so that you are not the only one speaking. 

6.  Other resources to use are audio files and music clips. You do need to make sure that these are also in the Public Domain as using other's music without permission is not acceptable. 

7. When you have completed your presentation you should always run it in by a peer or colleague for feedback. Many of the applications have a sharing feature so you can share it with them electronically. Some applications even have a comment feature where the person editing can share feedback that you can delete after you have made changes. 

8. Read aloud and practice your slides ahead of time. You may even want to record yourself on a couple of them and listen to yourself. Listen to your inflection and practice pauses. 

9. When you are ready to present, you should have an effective presentation. There are several important things to remember as you are presenting.

  • Important things to remember:

    • Be present in the moment

    • Be relaxed and make sure to hook your audience from the start

    • Leave your audience with a task

    • Thank them for listening

Move on to the Assignment


Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,bc,d;
2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c,d;
3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,b,c;
4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility a,b,c

CITW 9: 
1. Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;
2. Nonlinguistic Representations;
3. Summarizing & Notetaking, Assign Homework & Provide Practice