With the latest upgrade of Office Web Apps, PowerPoints can now be created by anyone, on any machine, without needing the full version of PowerPoint installed.
In addition to this, we can now collaborate to create group presentations to share new knowledge and ideas. This is great for the BYOD classroom and workplace.
Jump into SkyDrive, create a new PowerPoint, and follow these steps to create a presentation that captivates your audience’s attention.Once you a have done this, make sure you share these strategies with students to help them become strong, skilful communicators.
The new web app has some great themes and colour options. Once you a have chosen your theme, stick to it, don’t tinker too much with font choice or colour, go with the choice the experts have already made for you.
NB - If the theme you originally chose does not work for you, just change it again.
Swap Bullet Points with Smart Art. You should know your content well enough to not need a list of bullet points to remind you what you have to say. If you are nervous about forgetting your work, put a bullet point summary in the notes section down the bottom of the presentation area. This will always be there if you get in a fluster.
Some of the most effective presentations are created from images and minimal text. Garr Reynolds from Presentation Zen is a strong advocate of this style of presentation design.
When adding new slides, use the pre-formatted slide templates. Using these templates will ensure your design is strong and flows nicely. These templates have been created for a reason. Trust them. Your audience will appreciate the continuity of design through the duration of your presentation.
We are all tempted by the ‘reading bug’, worried that we might forget our presentation and look a fool in front of our peers. Use some strategies to help you not read your presentation and appear more confident
So now you know how to create engaging presentations, why not give it a go then share these tips with your students? It will make a difference, promise.
If you are yet to do so you can create a SkyDrive account and Access web apps here.