Google Slides – A Great Collaboration Tool

In this post Joshua Kim discusses Google Slides, a great tool for teams collaborating on presentations. Recently I collaborated with two other people on a presentation for a workshop we taught. We imported PowerPoints into Google Slides and made a lot of changes to our original presentation. We uploaded it to Google Drive so we could make those changes. We used Google Slides presenter mode during the workshop. It worked beautifully. The Slides presenter works much better than the PowerPoint presenter, which is sometimes cranky and makes it hard to navigate though  a presentation. Google Slides has all the features most people will need without the mostly useless bloat of Microsoft PowerPoint. I really like Slides.

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How to Design Fun Interactive Presentations without Boring Bullet Points

Tired of being stuck in the boring bullet point rut? This article explains how to use other instructional tools, such as hot spots and tabs to get your points across.

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A Few Rules for Good Presentations

I am currently watching a course at lynda.com on Design 101 Presentation, taught by John McWade.. Everyone who gives PowerPoint presentations should watch this course. A fdw of his rules are:

1. If you are presenting in a light room, it is best to use black type on a white background.
2. If you are presenting in a dark room, use white type on a black background,
3. Forget pre-made templates. They are often pretty, but they are useless and distracting.
4. Always use type that is large enough to be read in the back of your room. I never use type smaller than 28 point.
5. Use one typeface, preferably a sans-serif font. Avenir, Myriad Pro, and Gotham are good. Use medium weight type.
6. If you want to use a serif font, Baskerviille, Century, and Garamond work well.