Tag Archives: PowerPoint

CTL Idea Exchange – Episode 4

Lena, thank you for participating! And so… what do YOU think?

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PowerPoint Comedy

It’s the oldest teaching trick in the book… and it never fails to bring your students [back] to life. And that trick is humor! Sometimes, as educators, we take ourselves a little too seriously (what?! never!). Find cartoons related to your subject, bring in some crazy props, and try something new! Your students will appreciate it! We are, after all, “on stage” while we’re teaching.

Speaking of humor, I’ve stumbled upon an interesting video that I think we can all appreciate. It’s a stand-up comedy routine by Don McMillan, a PHD-holding comedian, called “Life After Death by PowerPoint.” His bit on PowerPoint is hilarious… and also very true. Enjoy!

10 Hot Tips – PowerPoint


PowerPoint is just one of those things in life that we, as educators, will have to encounter, whether we like it or not! If done right, it can be an asset to our teaching toolbox. Since we’re going to be using it at some point, let’s become more efficient! Here are a few tips that will kick-off the new “10 Hot Tips” series. Enjoy!

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Presentation Zennnnn

I’ve been doing it wrong all along, and so have you!

Garr Reynold’s approach to presentation design is fresh and effective. As referred to in this previous post, we follow many incorrect conventions when creating our instructional material. The madness must stop! Here are a few ways to find the path to presentation zen:

  1. Attend the upcoming instructional technology workshop.
  2. Regularly read the presentation zen blog.
  3. Read the book.

And, of course, consult with your campus Center For Teaching and Learning for assistance!

7 things you should know about…

Have you seen the Educause website yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Educause is a great resource for educators. Among those resources is their “7 Things you should know about “ series, which provides information on emerging instructional technologies in plain English!

Here is a link to one such article that relates directly to our last post:

7 Things You Should Know about Clickers
(Next to “view this resource,” click on the PDF icon.)

Engaging students with “clickers”

Have you ever wanted to know if your students are really “getting it” during classroom lectures? Do you ever wonder what the quiet students are thinking? Have you ever been on the lookout for new tools and techniques to inject some new life into your teachings? Of course you have!

In the CTL, we have a piece of technology that can help you connect with all of your students, and even… make learning fun?

turningpoint slide (smaller)

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PowerPoint and bullet points, a deadly combination

We’ve all been through this nightmare – sitting in a dark room, staring at a screen filled with clip art and an endless army of bullet points while the presenter reads the slides aloud, as you struggle to stay awake. Oh, the horror! Is this the best way to present information to a class? Of course not! Then why subject your students to that same torture? Stop PowerPoint before it harms more students!

No Bullets               Kill the bullets

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