Tips and Resources for Making Better Presentations


How to Avoid Death by Power Point


"Life After Death by Power Point" - Don McMillan (YouTube Link)

Tip #1

GIVEN: We remember images much better than we remember text.

THEN: Presentations that use images are much more effective than those that are all text.

Images can come from a variety of sources:
Your own digital photos -
This should be your first choice whenever possible.
How to take better photos - "Rule of Thirds"
Online Photo Libraries -
A great resource, but MAKE SURE you check copyright rules. Use only those that are licensed for "sharing" by Creative Commons. Those that are listed as "all rights reserved" require you to ask permission before using. Remember to cite your image sources.
Creative Commons

Flickr - Online Photo Library
How to use FlickrStorm - Tutorials by David Jakes

MultiColr Search Lab - Okay, this is just cool!
Screen Captures -
Helpful when sharing computer and web resources. "Don't just tell me, show me!"
Mac -
Apple-Shift-3: Capture the entire screen.
Apple-Shift-4: Capture part of the screen

Windows -
PRT SCN key - copies the screen to your clipboard. Go to Power Point and paste in as an image.

Free Tools -
Skitch (Mac Only)
Image Manipulation -
There are many tools out there to help you "kick-up" your own images by warping, recoloring, mixing, and just about anything else you can think of.
Thanks to Jen Dorman for the resources!

Tip #2

Presentations do not have to be linear. Use hyperlinks and hidden slides to add some flexibility to your presentations.


  • US States Power Point Project - Students create a multi-slide presentation with a "table of contents" slide that has hyperlinks to each slide in their presentation (State Flag, Natural Resources, Economy, State Bird, etc.) and each slide has a link back to the table of contents.

  • Multi-Media Virtual Field Trip - Enhance your field trip experience by recording both video and still pictures while you are on your trip. Then, when you get back, use Discovery Streaming to locate video clips, sounds, and/or images to provide additional information about what you saw. Finally, combine all your resources into a Multi-Media Presentation documenting your field trip. For our example, we chose to create a hyper-linked, multi-media presentation using Power Point. Project Description & Rubric (Word Document)



Brain Rules for Power Point
One Hour Power Point - 10 Strategies for Improving Presentations
Photo Album - Bet you didn't know Power Point could do this!
Using "Hidden" Slides


Doug Zongker's "Chicken, Chicken, Chicken" (YouTube Link)