SILS iSchool

28 Nov 2018

Value Added | daily

Class Schedule

Basics | sessions 01-05

22 AUG | intro
27 AUG | clients
29 AUG | servers
05 Sep | networks
10 Sep | basics lab

Web Development | sessions 06-11

12 Sep | structural layer
17 Sep | presentational layer
19 Sep | working with layers
24 Sep | behavior layer
26 Sep | images & design
01 Oct | website lab

Document Markup | sessions 12-14

03 Oct | object layers
08 Oct | graphics
10 Oct | document markup lab

Spreadsheets | sessions 15-19

15 Oct | spreadsheets
17 Oct | formulas & functions
22 Oct | thoughts about data display
 18 Oct  | Fall Break 
24 Oct | database tools
29 Oct | spreadsheets lab

Relational Database | sessions 20-26

31 Oct | relational databases
05 Nov | tables
07 Nov | relationships
12 Nov | input & output
14 Nov | SQL
19 Nov | complex queries
26 Nov | databases lab
 21 Nov | Thanksgiving 

Presentation | sessions 27-30

28 Nov | presentations in general | designing | next session

03 Dec | presentation delivery
05 Dec | presentation lab
12 Dec | 0800-1100 | final in class presentation

slides for today's session
Manage your visual presence by realizing what the presentation tools can and cannot do for you.

Effective design comes from understanding of PowerPoint's tools

Dilbert PPT cartoon on 20090917

But let's start with some advice

Design your life, by Ellen and Julia Lupton

five not to do

  1. Don't overload your slides with mountains of text. The only thing duller than listening to someone read a speech is to follow along on screen while they are reading it.
  2. Don't put long lists of bullets on a single screen. Present no more than three points on a single slide, and keep them short.
  3. Don't use cute or curly typefaces. PowerPoint presentations are carefully planned and scripted. Save spontaneity for your oral delivery. Keep your electronic presentation calm and authoritative.
  4. Don't use complex, distracting backgrounds. If your presentation is dull, a rainbow-colored gradient won't make it more interesting. For showing your presentation on a screen, a black background with white text is considered ideal - the background disappears, allowing the text to float.
  5. Don't produce an important document in PowerPoint when another format would be more effective.

and five to do

  1. Do anchor your thoughts with short chunks of text, underscoring your subject matter for the audience. Use text to inspire and provoke people, not to impress them or lull them to sleep.
  2. Do ask questions. Posing a concise and provocative query on screen can build interest and suspense.
  3. Do choose a clear, readable font and deploy it in consistent sizes, large enough to read from a distance.
  4. Do use images to illuminate and demonstrate your ideas. Add some "show" to your "tell".
  5. Do consider alternative tools.

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Setting up your look

We'll look at modifying design objects with in-class demos.

Interspersed with advice

book by Cliff Atkinson
Myth: There's no need to use graphical cues to point out the organization of the presentation.
Truth: Research shows that people learn better
when visual cues are used to highlight a presentation's organization.

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Design Templates


Themes provide you a pre-set background and pre-selected font and bullet formatting.

There are lots of resources for themes - Slide Carnival is one such resource.

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retrieved from microsoft images

You can edit any part of the theme to customize it to your desires

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an image showing what a layout looks like

Slide layout gives you a vessel already formatted for you to put your content into;
gives you a preview of the formatting; and
you can reapply different layouts to slides already constructed.

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Interspersed with advice from Slideshare

As a general rule, never use Clipart. It often looks dated.

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Using Existing Presentations and Slides

re-use slides

This tool allows you to insert one or more slides from an existing presentation into the new one you are creating. Inserted slides do not bring their template formatting with them, but rather inherit the template formatting of the presentation into which they are inserted (unless you decide to keep their design template).

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Masters and Modifying Masters

modifying master

These tools allow you to customize formatting of the various master slides that are part of the theme you are using.

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more modifying masters

Customizing Themes

You may change the themes, colors, fonts, and effects.

You may create a new background or modify the one you have.

format theme

You can format the colors in multiple ways, format the texture and pattern, or create an image as a background to all your slides. You can apply the new formatting to one or to all of your slides.

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