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PowerPoint – a quick rant


I’m sitting in an A3WP tech workshop brainstorming with our summer institute teachers about what makes a PowerPoint presentation ineffective, boring, confusing and/or painful to sit through.

Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Too much writing on a slide
  • Horrid color combinations
  • Background sounds
  • Spelling and grammar errors
  • Too many objects or words flying in

Don McMillan’s MySpace video does a great job of summing up bad PowerPoints – [kml_flashembed movie="" width="430" height="346" fvars="m=1529637984;type=video" wmode="transparent" /]

Check back soon for a link to Bee Foster’s handout of PowerPoint do’s and dont’s.


  1. Delete my first comment–wrong URL. Here’s Dan’s series of posts on good presentations–he’s a hoot.

  2. I don’t like when someone reads in a monotone voice every word on the slide and doesn’t expand on any points.

  3. Thanks for the resource, Nancy. I took a side trip to your web page and blogs. I couldn’t open your student blog, but will check back.

  4. One of the teachers in our group had the same rant, Mathew. Her point was “we’re teachers. We know how to read. Don’t read it to us.”

  5. Here’s our student blog URL Works fine, just posted my “Harry Potter” entry. We’ll see who finished reading the new book the fastest–I’ve got some students who have probably already finished it.

    I also wrote a blog post listing all our classroom links–check it out at

  6. Another typing snafu—the URL above should read Too much excitement with the reading of the new Harry Potter—-mind is elsewhere!

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