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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2011 February

Avoiding PowerPoint Doldrums

Many of us rely on PowerPoint slides in our classes. But are they making the impact we desire? Take this interesting 1-minute test created by Vivek Singh of All About Presentations.

The test has you think about slides as being like billboards. He shows a series of slides where he asks you to imagine you are glancing at a billboard while driving and you have exactly 4 seconds for the image to make an impression. At the end you are asked about what stood out for you. While there are no right or wrong answers, this self-test helps you realize the importance of simplifying your slides and choosing appropriate images.