Name: __________________ Due: ______________
The PowerPoint Presentation Assignment
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You've completed the research. You read the books. You made sense of a lot of facts. You were fascinated. Now, you have the opportunity to dazzle your classmates. Create a presentation using MS PowerPoint that will serve as a tool for a brief speech you will make about your topic.
Your research paper is the basis for the presentation, but by no means should you simply cut and paste your paper into your presentation. B-O-R-I-N-G! Remember that people don't want to read your paper on the screen, nor do they want to hear you read it to them. Your presentation is to serve as an aid. This means that your slides should be visually compelling and offer bulleted ideas and brief quotes.
Your presentation should contain all of the following elements:
- Your presentation should have at least 10 slides + a Title Slide. You should have an INTRODUCTORY slide as well as a CONCLUSIONARY slide. Use the research from your paper to teach the class what you have learned. DO NOT glom information onto each slide. Make it interesting.
- Use at least 10 graphics from the Internet and/or ClipArt. ClipArt is OK at a minimal level. A lot of it gets dull. It looks babyish. Find graphics from the Internet to make your topic come to life. This helps to make your presentation interesting. USE NETSCAPE to save your Internet images; save them as JPEGs or GIFs, not as Bitmaps. [Bitmaps take a lot of memory and will make your presentation crash if it doesn't make your U drive crash first.]
- Use transitions. You have the power to make your points move, animate, and bark sounds at your audience. Imagine that your audience has limited attention span. Your job is to get them to learn something and have fun doing it.
- Know your stuff. Again, the PowerPoint is an aid, a way of taking the attention off of your lovely mug. However, this does not mean that you cease to exist. You are there to present the stuff. The PP should inspire your speech. You may know it by heart, or use index cards to help your speech. Do not read off your PP only. Remember, most of know how to read and we can do that ourselves. Who needs you? Teach us something that's not there.
- Be creative. Take advantage of the medium to maximize your lesson for the class. Humor may help, a lively presentation, color variety, etc. Use yer noggin and make it stick to our minds.