powerpointUse PowerPoint to create, organize, present, and update presentations with text, images, web links, charts, and more. Professor Michael Brownstein used PowerPoint to create a sophisticated interactive map of Osaka, showing a route followed by pilgrims. Professor Hope Hollocher created a set of profusely illustrated presentations for a class on evolution.

When used well, PowerPoint is a very effective tool. Mix its use with other strategies. Use images to help pose a thorny question or explain visual relationships. Clear a slide after discussing it and blank the screen during long pauses. Limit your use of animation and sound effects.

Prezi is a popular alternative to PowerPoint. You create a canvas of text and visuals, then identify a path from one item to another. As you view the presentation, Prezi zooms in on each successive item. If something is placed at an angle, the canvas rotates.

Use SlideShare to share and present PowerPoint presentations on a web page or integrate them into Sakai. The example below contains is from a workshop on Presentation Zen.

Using PowerPoint well

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