Our class often uses a powerpoint presentation during ‘QNews’, our research and oral language activity. We use a matrix that guides the students to using them effectively and it includes things like having no more than five words per slide.
I think that teaching students to use visuals when they communicate something is so critical in getting a message across. My belief made for some interesting debate with other teachers last year when I raised the idea of having ppts as part of our senior speech competition – you can imagine the points for and against.
This video has some classic ppt mistakes and it always amazes me how many adults fail to stick to some basic rules.