The How Not to Make a PowerPoint PowerPoint How to Make a Boring or Just Plain Bad Power Point • Over the next few slides, we will go over some common mistakes and poor choices in making a PowerPoint. • For our Purposes, I will do a biographical PowerPoint on Charles Darwin– famous evolutionary biologist. Mistake #1 Boring Intro Slide Charles Darwin By Mr. Klapp Start things off with a bang! • Have a decent Background, photos, and interesting text. • Get your audience excited about your presentation. Charles Darwin The Father of Evolution by Mr. Klapp Mistake #2 Too Much Text Charles Darwin • • Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist,[I] who realised and demonstrated that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery remains the foundation of biology, as it provides a unifying logical explanation for the diversity of life. At Edinburgh University Darwin neglected medical studies to investigate marine invertebrates, then the University of Cambridge encouraged a passion for natural science. His five-year voyage on HMS BeagleTemplate:WP Ships HMS instances established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell’s uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author. Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin investigated the transmutation of species and conceived his theory of natural selection in 1838. Although he discussed his ideas with several naturalists, he needed time for extensive research and his geological work had priority. He was writing up his theory in 1858 when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay which described the same idea, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories.[ The Too Much Text Problem • Wow that slide was awful. • What were some mistakes with it? One to two Sentences • Try to include only a few sentences. Your audience is middle school students--- they have short attention spans (adults are worse). • Try to limit it to “notes” that remind you what to say. You don’t need to have everything you will say in text form. • If you must have lots of text, try having each item come up one-at-a-time so your audience can focus. Mistake #3 The Background that Makes it Impossible to Read the Text Charles Darwin • Charles Darwin did lots of great stuff but you’d never know since you can’t read this stuff! • Not only can’t you read the text, but the picture is really bad quality too! Charles Darwin • This slide has the same info but doesn’t have huge problems. • It is possible to have a background photo, but you should fade it and limit the contrast first. Charles Darwin Darwin Charles • Now you can read the text and still have the background. • It is good to have photos on most of your slides– it keeps people interested! Mistake #4 The Impossible to Read Font Charles Darwin Darwin Charles • Wow this text is hard to read! If you can read and are still reading, you are a lot more invested than most students! • If you are still reading, wow. Charles Darwin Darwin Charles • This text is much easier to read. • Leave the fancy fonts for titles. Jane Goodall founded Roots and Shoots which is a teen program of the Jane Goodall Institute. In 1991. They cover topics like City pollution and deforestation in the mountains for the welfare of domestic animals. For What He Was Known • He was known for his near impossible creations such as Ascending and Descending, as well as Water & Sky. Inventions • Johann Gutenberg invented the first mechanical printing press in about 1439. • Gutenberg also created oil-based ink and a wooden printing press to use for mass-producing movable type. • One of his major inventions is the Gutenberg Bible. It was one of the first books printed in Europe and was printed in Mainz, Germany in the 1450s. Each page has 42 lines on it. In summary • Keep it simple – Don’t copy text– it’s boring and illegal! – One to two sentences of text at a time – Not too many flashy gimmicks • Make good choices with your background and images – Make sure your background doesn’t take away from your text – Use pictures of higher resoultion.