SKILLS AND TIP SHEETS
What it is PowerPoint
is a presentation package suitable for creating electronic
presentations, plus overhead transparencies, handouts, outlines
and speaker notes.
A PowerPoint presentation's main
purpose is to:
- show the focus of a speaker's
message in key points; and
- enhance the meaning of a presentation
with multimedia, i.e. text, graphics, animations and sound.
When used properly the use of PowerPoint
- increase understanding and reduce
- increase audience involvement;
- reinforce key points;
- make dull statistics come alive;
- freshen an old message; and
- give the presenter a feeling
of confidence and control.
The dangers of PowerPoint presentations
include overdoing the multimedia so that:
- animations, sound, colour and
graphics, i.e. multimedia, overwhelm the senses;
- multimedia entertains without
enhancing the message;
- the presenter focuses on the
screen and looses eye contact with the audience;
- it gives
too much information too quickly.
In the classroom PowerPoint can be used
- learners presenting their own
ideas, as they learn about the topic;
- educators achieving their goal
of explaining a concept or introducing a small section
of content; and
- educators creating clear illustrations
used as transparencies.