Relative Advantage of Presentation Use in the Classroom

First of all, since I used a Google presentation last week, I decided to use a PowerPoint presentation this week for some variety. Hindsight tells me to use Google presentations for embedding onto Weebly in the future. Getting the Google presentation to embed and fit correctly was much, much easier to do.

Most PowerPoint presentations that I have experienced are extremely wordy and limited on visuals to keep viewers’ interest. It was very entertaining to watch the introductory videos for this assignment! This was an excellent way to emphasize the main parameters one should follow when designing a PowerPoint presentation.

Ironically, here is a bullet point listing of the key points within the video I completely agree with!!

  • Don’t type everything you plan to say in the PP
  • Make sure you check spelling!!
  • Use bullet points only when appropriate
  • Use good color schemes
  • Keep the number of slides appropriate for the content
  • Include graphs but keep the amount of info on each graph limited
  • Use animation only when appropriate
  • Use an interesting but easy to read font

There are many relative advantages to use a presentation tool such as PowerPoint or Google presentations when teaching in your own classroom. One reason to continue using presentations in your classroom is to maintain consistency. If you layout what you want to talk about, then the presentation reminds you of your key points. This way students receive the same information from period to period. Another reason to provide computerized presentations, is for absent students. If you post your presentation on your school website, then all absent students can assess the information from home. In fact, all students can access the information from home if they need to look something up that they forgot! A third reason is to save the instructor a ton of time in the long run. Although it is a lot of work to initially create a presentation, once it is done, simple changes can be made easily. Now the presentation is ready to go for next year. Finally, presentation software has advanced and it has become more easy to make such presentations more interactive. You can include animation, embed videos, include links, polls, quizzes and games within the presentation.

A good interactive presentation is simply a guideline for the instructor to present a lesson. Presentations that one just reads to the audience are not effective and will lose the interest of the audience.

One thing I had a difficult time with for this assignment was to keep the word count to 20 words or less. This is very hard to do in AP Statistics as most problems introduce a scenario that takes time to explain. These examples will usually go beyond 20 words. I am unsure that you have to stay under a word limit for every slide in a PowerPoint presentation. When introducing more complex examples to students in AP Stats, it is imperative that the students hear the problem and see the problem to be solved. Without seeing the full example, you will create class wide student confusion. Students need to be able to refer back to different portions of the question at their own pace.

I do agree however, that a presentation should avoid massive wordiness throughout the entire presentation.

Here is a link to my Interactive Presentation. This link will open the PowerPoint presentation so you can view all the included animation.

If you follow this link to my weebly site, it will take you to the embedded presentation where I embedding in three different ways. If I could have all the best features of each embedding technique, then life would be good. The first embedding frames the presentation correctly using Slideshare. You can also move correctly from slide to slide. The second embedding allows the viewer to have a larger view of the presentation as embedded by Scribd. The third is a link, which allows the viewer to actually see all the animation included in the presentation. However is does not embed and you must open the link to see the presentation. If you use a Google presentation, then you get all of these positives in one embedded document.


Roblyer, M. D. & Doerling, A. H. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching (6th ed.) (p.10-51). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.





Filed under AECT Standard 2.4

6 responses to “Relative Advantage of Presentation Use in the Classroom

  1. Agree with your comment about the difficulty in using 20 words or less in a slide. I do think there are exceptions to that rule especially with certain subjects. While it’s a good guide to use for your slides, it definitely shouldn’t be such a hard line rule.

  2. Angie and Chris-
    I recall seeing a tutorial once that stated if you’re using more than 12 words per slide, you’re overdoing it. I agree with you Chris, it shouldn’t be so set in stone. I teach 6th graders as I mention in my blog post and having so few words for them is difficult because so many of them are not used to taking notes as we are accustomed to. So I often have giant walls of text for them, but for 7th grade it gets a little better.

    • Thanks! In some cases, I think the word count decreased the effectiveness of the presentation because I had to go to another slide to finish the thought. Now I was creating unnecessary slides. I agree with not filling the entire slide with text but not at the expense of creating too many slides.

  3. Dria Setter

    Ditto on the word count, Angie! I think as educators we want to give our students as much information as possible, and this often occurs in the form of text. We know there are learners who need to read in order to learn and we want to do what’s best for them. I’m guilty of the same time. It is interesting as one of those learners myself, trying to create a presentation with little text. I have to imagine math presents a challenge in that area, in particular, but you do have the advantage of using numbers and symbols to illustrate your verbal presentation.

    • Dria: Good points! I am also a visual learner and if someone says something, I can’t always absorb everything! If I can see it while they are saying it I do much better. This is all part of the multiple intelligences, right? I wanted to include the entire lesson for AP Stats for that section in the book so I could use this PowerPoint in my classroom. But there ended up being so many slides I stopped trying to cover all the concepts.

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