Thursday, December 27, 2007

Slide Preparation Tips for Interactive Whiteboards

1) Keep your slides as clutter free as possible. Don't add unnecessary graphics to your slide, just to decorate it. Any unnecessary addition will only create distraction from the information you want the learners to retain.

2) There should not be more than 5 lines on a single slide and not more than 5 words per line. A slide should contain only main points and should be used as a supplement to your verbal presentation. Don't try to write everything you wish to say on your slides.

3) Prepare your slides in such a way, that it covers at least one topic or a part of a topic. This is important to retain the attention of your students to you. When a slide is changed, students' attention goes to the slide. During that time, students can't hear what u said during the slide transition. If this is not possible, then pause for a while, during slides change.

4) Keep font size, font color, background color and background image in mind while slides preparation. The font size should be such that, even a student sitting in the last row can read the text clearly. The font color and background color must be in contrast with each other. Use those color combinations which make a text readable without putting any strains on the eye like combination of black, white, red, green, blue or yellow. Use background images which contain a light graphic and don't create any sort of distraction. Many teachers use such visually appealing background images, that it takes the eyes off the slides contents and thus ruin the whole purpose of the slide.

5) Use same font color, background color or image for each slide to minimize distraction during presentation.

6) Use interactive panels if you have to read the contents of the slides on an interactive whiteboard. This will free up the board for the class to see.

7) Don't' emphasize all the text by using bold or italic. Making all the text bold or italic is equivalent to a simple text with no emphasizes. Reserve bold or italic only for key points.

8) Use laser pointer only to draw attention of students to a given point. Once you have drawn the attention, then switch it off. Continuous use of laser pointer will cause distraction.

9) Each slide should have a title and well labeled tables or graphs. Don't include anything which you are not going to discuss.

10) Prepare your presentation well in advance. Decide how much time you should spend on each slide, how you will start and switch to other topics. Also reserve some time for queries from the students. Check all your slides on your interactive whiteboard for WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).Use high resolution images, animations, sound and video clips to make your presentation interactive and fun.


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