Interactive whiteboards & slide presentations

This section contains information on how to design presentations for learning and teaching, including how to use interactive whiteboards to deliver multimedia presentations in a classroom environment.

Slide presentations

Presentation software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple's Keynote, plays an important role in many fields, especially in education. To design a good presentation you must start with a clear plan and use clear messages. Structure, content, design and delivery are interwoven. You must clearly consider the entire presentation, including the script, the structure and the slides, aimed squarely at the learning stage of your students.

Things you likely will need to consider when planning you presentation include:

  • Reviewing and editing the text to improve comprehension
  • Formatting the slides to create a neat and clear look and feel
  • Planning the colour scheme and background to suit the context while avoiding visually distracting elements.
  • Creating custom graphics to support key points

The principal purpose of a presentation is to convey information visually. Good presentation design requires an eye for detail. All the principles of design apply to any piece you may create. How you apply those principles determines how effective your design is in conveying the desired message and how attractive it appears. So you will need to consider how to design a slide presentation that is subtle, simple, memorable, appealing and attractive, has high impact and achieves your learning objectives.

Resources

  • Presentation Helper: Presentations
    This website provides many useful ideas on how to design and deliver a successful presentation including “presentation secrets” from a range of experts, an outline of essential presentation skills, presentation ideas and presentation hints and tips. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Planning and Designing Your Presentation
    Designing Presentation Visuals
    This page provides many useful tips on how to design a presentation such as thinking of your listeners, guidelines for good visuals and ways of adding variety. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • About.com: Desktop Publishing: Illustrating the Principles of Design
    Provides examples of how the six principles of design can be applied to any layout or presentation. The “before and after” format demonstrates how knowledge of these principles can enhance the clarity and effectiveness of a presentation. Provides links to a comprehensive range of tutorials and other related online resources. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Sociable Media
    Cliff Atkinson, co-author of “Five Ways to Reduce Powerpoint Overload”, is the president of Sociable Media. His company’s website provides links to book discussions, blogs, article and interviews, as well as a number of free downloadable resources such as templates and story board guides. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Presentation Zen
    A blog discussing the question, “What is good Power Point design”? The site discusses the importance of context, i.e. the target audience and setting, simplicity as an important design principle and provides examples of good and bad visual treatment of slides. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Typography 1st
    Incorrect choice of fonts and poor page layout can ruin an otherwise good presentation. This site provides a number of tutorials on the principles of design, correct use of fonts or typefaces and achieving a good layout. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Some Ideas about Composition and Design
    Provides a detailed explanation about the visual elements and the principles of design and composition. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Authors@Google: Garr Reynolds
    A You Tube video, approximately 1 hour and 11 minutes long. Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds shares his experience. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today's world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: The Assertion-Evidence Structure
    An article which is critical of the way information is usually presented in slides. Instead, the writer advocates an “Assertion-Evidence structure” for presentations that have the purpose of informing and persuading audiences about technical content. Provides links to other commentaries on Power Point and research on Assertion-Evidence design. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)

Interactive Whiteboards

As schools move progressively into a digital learning environment, interactive whiteboards are being widely adopted in primary and secondary classrooms. The State government in 2009 announced it will provide every NSW public school with an interactive whiteboard to enable more students and teachers to benefit from learning with this technology. An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and a projector. The whiteboard display typically emulates the computer mouse and keyboard and is operated by using a special pen, or finger touch, depending on the model.

Uses for interactive whiteboards include:

  • Operating any software that is loaded onto the connected PC, including Internet browsers or proprietary software
  • Using software to capture notes written on a whiteboard or whiteboard-like surface
  • On some white boards, translating cursive or handwriting into text
  • In some instances, presenters can carry out polls and quizzes and capture the feedback on the Interactive Whiteboard.

Resources

  • Interactive whiteboard.net.au
    SMART Board is a brand of interactive whiteboard. This dedicated website provides support for Smartboard users in schools. There are links to groups of users listed by regions, free on-line training sessions conducted at scheduled times, lessons and units of work which can be downloaded and information on education and ICT based conferences conducted throughout Australia. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Education Network Australia (EDNA)
    Edna is a free online network for educators, providing a range of digital resources for education and training. This website provides links to professional reading and research on the use of interactive whiteboards in the classroom, as well as links to interactive curriculum resources. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Primary School. Learning Technologies. Cameras and Whiteboards.
    Specifically developed for Primary School teachers, this website provides links to a wide range of resources on the use of interactive whiteboards. Topics include an introduction, as well as advice, on how to use interactive whiteboards, lesson starters, games and other classroom activities. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Video Pro Business Centre. Interactive Whiteboard Websties.
    This website provides some basic teaching tips on the use of interactive white boards. It also provides links to a variety of useful resources listed under different subject headings, e.g. Maths, Literature/Phonics, Online Stories, Science, etc. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • NSW Country Areas Programme. Interactive Whiteboards
    The Country Areas Program (CAP) is funded by the Australian Government. This page on their website provides a series of links to sites with ideas and resources in the use of Interactive Whiteboards, which includes some of the above sites and several more. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)
  • Exploring pedagogy with interactive whiteboards: A case study of six schools 2005-2006
    This study, conducted by UTS, investigated pedagogy, attitudes, and school contexts in six schools in which interactive whiteboards are being used. The schools were all NSW Government DET schools, four of them primary schools and two high schools. Three were in the metropolitan Sydney region, one in an urban area out of Sydney and two were in a rural area. The study adopted a qualitative methodology, investigating perceptions and usage through interviews, focus groups, observations and document analysis. (retrieved Jan 20, 2011)

Teachertube resources

Please be aware that most of the tutorials are based on Notebook's previous version (we are using v.10). The interfaces of the two version have some differences.