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Robert Kennedy's United States History Class

Power Point Guidlines

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DO'S AND DON'T FOR POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Do's

  • Save your work frequently (Ctrl+S)
  • Store it in a cloud service like Google Drive!
  • be brief (no more than 6 bullets/points per slide)
  • use appropriate fonts: big (min. 28pts) and clear (sans-serif).
  • If possible, test your slides: run the slide show and see if you can read your slides from the last row of the room where you will be presenting.
  • use appropriate colors: not too bright, high contrast, consistent. Remember that what looks good on your monitor does not necessarily look good on the big screen.
  • create contrast using font size, colors

Don'ts

  • rely on the program's Autosave feature.
  • put everything you present on the slides. Remember that slides are just a visual aid -- if you overload them, the audience will end up trying to read the slides and not paying attention to you.
  • use different colors / fonts on every single slide.
  • use bright background colors that will strain your audience's eyes
  • use too many animation effects! They are VERY distracting for the audience and make you look like a show-off. Use animation only to make a point and not to make your presentation more interesting (use content to do that!).

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