Practice Slides


For this assignment I've provided you a presentation script; you're going to create slides to go along with it. I recommend you follow this process:

Step 1: Read and Plan

The first step is to read over the script and plan where and what kind of slides you think you should use. Here is the script:

I like to read the script aloud and type a few asterisks (like this: *****) any place I think there should be a new slide or a change on a slide. If I have an idea for what the slide could contain, then I'll type notes to the side of jot them on a scratch paper.

Step 2: Storyboarding

Once I've got a sense of how many slides I'll have and at what moments of the presentation, I'll then go back through the script and draw a simple storyboard of what I think each one should contain. I find that drawing with pen and paper—instead of directly using PowerPoint or another software—makes me feel at ease to think in terms of what will work best rather than what I know how to make. Also, storyboarding allows me to not worry about fonts and colors at this point, and I don't slow down to find clipart to use or anything.

Step 3: Build It

Once my storyboard is complete, then I'll go back and build the slides using PowerPoint or Slides or Keynote. I find it much less intimidating if I have a simple diagram to work from rather than the endless possibilities of a blank template.

At this point, I also keep open to editing. Often when I first mark out how many slides I think I will have, I overdo it. When I start to build the slides, I realize it's too many and I can start to scale back. This is hard to do if you condense steps 1, 2, and 3 into a single step.

Also at this point I don't worry too much about formatting: fonts and picture size and color and placement. I just try to get the words and images on the slides.

Step 4: Test It

Before I fine tune the formatting, I do a test run, saying the script out loud while I go through the slides. This step quickly tells me if there are too many or too few transitions during any passages, and it helps me make improvements to slides that don't represent the text as well as I thought.

I often find myself taking words out of the slides at this point or splitting a slide into two—I always end up cramming too much info on each slide early in my process, and seeing how fast things move or hearing the words spoken against the slides shows me where words are unnecessary and can be replaced by simpler terms or even a picture. I want the slides to augment and enhance the script, not repeat it word for word.

Step 5: Fine Tune Formatting

Finally, after everything else is set, then I'll choose a design, fonts, colors, and layouts, making everything look consistent, readable, and aesthetically pleasing. I'll also pay attention to the transitions and animations at this point.

Turn It In

This assignment should be uploaded to Canvas by classtime on the day listed on the schedule. Please upload a .pptx file. Please also bring your work to class on a laptop or device if you can.