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PowerPoint: Best Practices

PowerPoint Classroom Presentation:

The following are best practices for using PowerPoint presentations in the classroom.


  • Use San-serif fonts (Arial, Helvetica, Calibri, etc.).
  • Use readable font sizes (32 for 5-7 bullets) viewable from front and back rows.
  • Use white background.
  • Aim for 5-7 bullets per slide.
  • Maintain white space in margins for note-taking.
  • Integrate images into slides.


  • Create colorful, attractive designs with templates.
  • Quickly reorder slides with easy drag and drop feature in Slide Sorter view.
  • Advance slides with one key stroke.
  • Integrate audio clips, animation and video.


  • Add an embedded video into the presentation.
  • Captivate audiences with transitions or animations.
  • Integrate data from other applications such as, an Excel graph, Word table, etc.
  • Use the Notes feature to write a script.


  • Students receive immediate feedback
  • Engagement is accomplished through participation--students learn by doing.
  • AL methods promote higher order thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating.

Resources Available:

  • PDFs

         1. Best Practices: PowerPoint Classroom Presentation

  • Short Videos:
  1. How to Use PowerPoint 2010
  2. How to Design an Effective Presentation
  3. Death by PowerPoint
  • Websites:
  1. Getting Started with PowerPoint
  • Template:

         1.  Sample PowerPoint Template

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