The Power of a Picture in a Presentation
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I decided to make a presentation about the Renaissance for my Grade 7 class. I did what Garr Reynolds, in his blog title ‘Good PowerPoint Design’ suggested. I first considered my purpose and audience. I decided that I wanted my presentation to lead the students to an appreciation for the artists, inventors and philosophers of the time. I hoped that my presentation would give an overview and introduction of the key ideas of the unit and inspire a desire for further learning.
My purpose was clear to me but how could I achieve this for an audience of 13 year old girls? I decided to make my presentation light on text but not completely void of it so that it could be useful as revision resource. Many of my students speak English as a second language so they will probably appreciate the ability to revise this in their own time. I thought that my audience, like all audiences, would appreciate a cohesive presentation so I tried to stick to the same kinds of colour tones and to two fonts. I varied the size occasionally to add variation but tried to be consistent as often as possible. Lastly, I realized that my students would appreciate my presentation more if I turned it into more of a story so I added a few slides at the beginning to explain some the things which led to the Renaissance and some slides at the end to explain why the Renaissance is significant to us today.
This presentation took me a really long time to make. The pictures took ages to find and I spent a lot of time researching the developments in light and colour. I did cheat a few times by stealing images and there were lots of times when I wanted to give up because I was sick of the sight of it. I didn’t give up though because I really believe that this presentation will help my students to appreciate the Renaissance and its impact on our society. I now want to visit the Louvre and I hope my students will be similarly inspired.