Improved Slide Presentation
I don’t usually use presentation software in my lessons. In fact, I haven’t created any lessons this year, and I have only one example from last year to reflect upon.
I do sometimes allow my students to choose to present their work as a PowerPoint, but I usually encourage them to use some other form. I think because when there are so many other options out there, a PowerPoint seems boring and lacking creativity.
And that’s exactly what I see when I look back on the maps slideshow I created last year. I spent a lot of time looking for images that were interesting, and what I hoped would captivate the students. What I didn’t put time or effort into was making the slides themselves captivating. Each slide was designed exactly the same: a title at the top and a large image dominating the slide. Each and every one. At least I didn’t overload them with text; the students had an outline to follow.
In order to improve my presentation the first thing to change would be to break this presentation up into 3 smaller sections.
- Comparing globes and maps and map features
- Map projections and the basic types of maps (thematic, political and physical)
- The history of map making and their relevance today
Using the PechaKucha format (20X20) or a variation of it, I could do three smaller presentations, with more images to illustrate the key points, rather than spending 5+ minutes or so on the same image.
To improve the slide, I started by changing the light blue background to one with complementary colors. Next I removed the line drawing of the map and decreased the size of the remaining image. Finally I changed the title to a declarative sentence. Overall, I am pleased with the way the new slide turned out, and I look forward to creating my next slideshow.