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Teaching with PowerPoint

When effectively planned and used, PowerPoint (or similar tools, like Google Slides) can enhance instruction. People are divided on the effectiveness of this ubiquitous presentation program—some say that PowerPoint is wonderful while others bemoan its pervasiveness. No matter which side you take, PowerPoint does offer effective ways to enhance instruction when used and designed appropriately.

PowerPoint can be an effective tool to present material in the classroom and encourage student learning. You can use PowerPoint to project visuals that would otherwise be difficult to bring to class. For example, in an anthropology class, a single PowerPoint presentation could project images of an anthropological dig from a remote area, questions asking students about the topic, a chart of related statistics, and a mini quiz about what was just discussed that provides students with information that is visual, challenging, and engaging.

PowerPoint can be an effective tool to present material in the classroom and encourage student learning.

This section is organized in three major segments: Part I will help faculty identify and use basic but important design elements, Part II will cover ways to enhance teaching and learning with PowerPoint, and Part III will list ways to engage students with PowerPoint.

PART I: Designing the PowerPoint Presentation


  • Student accessibility—students with visual or hearing impairments may not be able to fully access a PowerPoint presentation, especially those with graphics, images, and sound.
  • Use an accessible layout. Built-in slide template layouts were designed to be accessible: “the reading order is the same for people with vision and for people who use assistive technology such as screen readers” (University of Washington, n.d.). If you want to alter the layout of a theme, use the Slide Master; this will ensure your slides will retain accessibility.
  • Use unique and specific slide titles so students can access the material they need.
  • Consider how you display hyperlinks. Since screen readers read what is on the page, you may want to consider creating a hyperlink using a descriptive title instead of displaying the URL.
  • All visuals and tables should include alt text. Alt text should describe the visual or table in detail so that students with visual impairments can “read” the images with their screen readers. Avoid using too many decorative visuals.
  • All video and audio content should be captioned for students with hearing impairments. Transcripts can also be useful as an additional resource, but captioning ensures students can follow along with what is on the screen in real-time.
  • Simplify your tables. If you use tables on your slides, ensure they are not overly complex and do not include blank cells. Screen readers may have difficulty providing information about the table if there are too many columns and rows, and they may “think” the table is complete if they come to a blank cell.
  • Set a reading order for text on your slides. The order that text appears on the slide may not be the reading order of the text. Check that your reading order is correct by using the Selection Pane (organized bottom-up).
  • Use Microsoft’s Accessibility Checker to identify potential accessibility issues in your completed PowerPoint. Use the feedback to improve your PowerPoint’s accessibility. You could also send your file to the Disability Resource Center to have them assess its accessibility (send it far in advance of when you will need to use it).
  • Save your PowerPoint presentation as a PDF file to distribute to students with visual impairments.

Preparing for the presentation

  • Consider time and effort in preparing a PowerPoint presentation; give yourself plenty of lead time for design and development.
  • PowerPoint is especially useful when providing course material online. Consider student technology compatibility with PowerPoint material put on the web; ensure images and graphics have been compressed for access by computers using dial-up connection.
PowerPoint is especially useful when providing course material online.
  • Be aware of copyright law when displaying course materials, and properly cite source material. This is especially important when using visuals obtained from the internet or other sources. This also models proper citation for your students.
  • Think about message interpretation for PowerPoint use online: will students be able to understand material in a PowerPoint presentation outside of the classroom? Will you need to provide notes and/or other material to help students understand complex information, data, or graphics?
  • If you will be using your own laptop, make sure the classroom is equipped with the proper cables, drivers, and other means to display your presentation the way you have intended.

Slide content

  • Avoid text-dense slides. It’s better to have more slides than trying to place too much text on one slide. Use brief points instead of long sentences or paragraphs and outline key points rather than transcribing your lecture. Use PowerPoint to cue and guide the presentation.
  • Use the Notes feature to add content to your presentation that the audience will not see. You can access the Notes section for each slide by sliding the bottom of the slide window up to reveal the notes section or by clicking “View” and choosing “Notes Page” from the Presentation Views options.
  • Relate PowerPoint material to course objectives to reinforce their purpose for students.

Number of slides

  • As a rule of thumb, plan to show one slide per minute to account for discussion and time and for students to absorb the material.
  • Reduce redundant or text-heavy sentences or bullets to ensure a more professional appearance.
  • Incorporate active learning throughout the presentation to hold students’ interest and reinforce learning.

Emphasizing content

  • Use italics, bold, and color for emphasizing content.
  • Use of a light background (white, beige, yellow) with dark typeface or a dark background (blue, purple, brown) with a light typeface is easy to read in a large room.
  • Avoid using too many colors or shifting colors too many times within the presentation, which can be distracting to students.
  • Avoid using underlines for emphasis; underlining typically signifies hypertext in digital media.
Use of a light background with dark typeface or a dark background with a light typeface is easy to read in a large room.
  • Limit the number of typeface styles to no more than two per slide. Try to keep typeface consistent throughout your presentation so it does not become a distraction.
  • Avoid overly ornate or specialty fonts that may be harder for students to read. Stick to basic fonts so as not to distract students from the content.
  • Ensure the typeface is large enough to read from anywhere in the room: titles and headings should be no less than 36-40-point font. The subtext should be no less than 32-point font.

Clip art and graphics

  • Use clip art and graphics sparingly. Research shows that it’s best to use graphics only when they support the content. Irrelevant graphics and images have been proven to hinder student learning.
  • Photographs can be used to add realism. Again, only use photographs that are relevant to the content and serve a pedagogical purpose. Images for decorative purposes are distracting.
  • Size and place graphics appropriately on the slide—consider wrapping text around a graphic.
  • Use two-dimensional pie and bar graphs rather than 3D styles which can interfere with the intended message.
Use clip art and graphics sparingly. Research shows that it’s best to use graphics only when they support the content.

Animation and sound

  • Add motion, sound, or music only when necessary. When in doubt, do without.
  • Avoid distracting animations and transitions. Excessive movement within or between slides can interfere with the message and students find them distracting. Avoid them or use only simple screen transitions.

Final check

  • Check for spelling, correct word usage, flow of material, and overall appearance of the presentation.
  • Colleagues can be helpful to check your presentation for accuracy and appeal. Note: Errors are more obvious when they are projected.
  • Schedule at least one practice session to check for timing and flow.
  • PowerPoint’s Slide Sorter View is especially helpful to check slides for proper sequencing as well as information gaps and redundancy. You can also use the preview pane on the left of the screen when you are editing the PowerPoint in “Normal” view.
  • Prepare for plan “B” in case you have trouble with the technology in the classroom: how will you provide material located on your flash drive or computer? Have an alternate method of instruction ready (printing a copy of your PowerPoint with notes is one idea).
PowerPoint’s Slide Sorter View is especially helpful to check slides for proper sequencing and information gaps and redundancy.

PowerPoint Handouts

PowerPoint provides multiple options for print-based handouts that can be distributed at various points in the class.

Before class: students might like having materials available to help them prepare and formulate questions before the class period.

During class: you could distribute a handout with three slides and lines for notes to encourage students to take notes on the details of your lecture so they have notes alongside the slide material (and aren’t just taking notes on the slide content).

After class: some instructors wait to make the presentation available after the class period so that students concentrate on the presentation rather than reading ahead on the handout.

Never: Some instructors do not distribute the PowerPoint to students so that students don’t rely on access to the presentation and neglect to pay attention in class as a result.

  • PowerPoint slides can be printed in the form of handouts—with one, two, three, four, six, or nine slides on a page—that can be given to students for reference during and after the presentation. The three-slides-per-page handout includes lined space to assist in note-taking.
  • Notes Pages. Detailed notes can be printed and used during the presentation, or if they are notes intended for students, they can be distributed before the presentation.
  • Outline View. PowerPoint presentations can be printed as an outline, which provides all the text from each slide. Outlines offer a welcome alternative to slide handouts and can be modified from the original presentation to provide more or less information than the projected presentation.

The Presentation

Alley, Schreiber, Ramsdell, and Muffo (2006) suggest that PowerPoint slide headline design “affects audience retention,” and they conclude that “succinct sentence headlines are more effective” in information recall than headlines of short phrases or single words (p. 233). In other words, create slide titles with as much information as is used for newspapers and journals to help students better understand the content of the slide.

  • PowerPoint should provide key words, concepts, and images to enhance your presentation (but PowerPoint should not replace you as the presenter).
  • Avoid reading from the slide—reading the material can be perceived as though you don’t know the material. If you must read the material, provide it in a handout instead of a projected PowerPoint slide.
  • Avoid moving a laser pointer across the slide rapidly. If using a laser pointer, use one with a dot large enough to be seen from all areas of the room and move it slowly and intentionally.
Avoid reading from the slide—reading the material can be perceived as though you don’t know the material.
  • Use a blank screen to allow students to reflect on what has just been discussed or to gain their attention (Press B for a black screen or W for a white screen while delivering your slide show; press these keys again to return to the live presentation). This pause can also be used for a break period or when transitioning to new content.
  • Stand to one side of the screen and face the audience while presenting. Using Presenter View will display your slide notes to you on the computer monitor while projecting only the slides to students on the projector screen.
  • Leave classroom lights on and turn off lights directly over the projection screen if possible. A completely dark or dim classroom will impede notetaking (and may encourage nap-taking).
  • Learn to use PowerPoint efficiently and have a back-up plan in case of technical failure.
  • Give yourself enough time to finish the presentation. Trying to rush through slides can give the impression of an unorganized presentation and may be difficult for students to follow or learn.

PART II: Enhancing Teaching and Learning with PowerPoint

Class preparation.

PowerPoint can be used to prepare lectures and presentations by helping instructors refine their material to salient points and content. Class lectures can be typed in outline format, which can then be refined as slides. Lecture notes can be printed as notes pages  (notes pages: Printed pages that display author notes beneath the slide that the notes accompany.) and could also be given as handouts to accompany the presentation.

Multimodal Learning

Using PowerPoint can help you present information in multiple ways (a multimodal approach) through the projection of color, images, and video for the visual mode; sound and music for the auditory mode; text and writing prompts for the reading/writing mode; and interactive slides that ask students to do something, e.g. a group or class activity in which students practice concepts, for the kinesthetic mode (see Part III: Engaging Students with PowerPoint for more details). Providing information in multiple modalities helps improve comprehension and recall for all students.

Providing information in multiple modalities helps improve comprehension and recall for all students.

Type-on Live Slides

PowerPoint allows users to type directly during the slide show, which provides another form of interaction. These write-on slides can be used to project students’ comments and ideas for the entire class to see. When the presentation is over, the new material can be saved to the original file and posted electronically. This feature requires advanced preparation in the PowerPoint file while creating your presentation. For instructions on how to set up your type-on slide text box, visit this tutorial from AddictiveTips .  

Write or Highlight on Slides

PowerPoint also allows users to use tools to highlight or write directly onto a presentation while it is live. When you are presenting your PowerPoint, move your cursor over the slide to reveal tools in the lower-left corner. One of the tools is a pen icon. Click this icon to choose either a laser pointer, pen, or highlighter. You can use your cursor for these options, or you can use the stylus for your smart podium computer monitor or touch-screen laptop monitor (if applicable).  

Just-In-Time Course Material

You can make your PowerPoint slides, outline, and/or notes pages available online 24/7 through Blackboard, OneDrive, other websites. Students can review the material before class, bring printouts to class, and better prepare themselves for listening rather than taking a lot of notes during the class period. They can also come to class prepared with questions about the material so you can address their comprehension of the concepts.

PART III: Engaging Students with PowerPoint

The following techniques can be incorporated into PowerPoint presentations to increase interactivity and engagement between students and between students and the instructor. Each technique can be projected as a separate PowerPoint slide.

Running Slide Show as Students Arrive in the Classroom

This technique provides visual interest and can include a series of questions for students to answer as they sit waiting for class to begin. These questions could be on future texts or quizzes.

  • Opening Question : project an opening question, e.g. “Take a moment to reflect on ___.”
  • Think of what you know about ___.
  • Turn to a partner and share your knowledge about ___.
  • Share with the class what you have discussed with your partner.
  • Focused Listing helps with recall of pertinent information, e.g. “list as many characteristics of ___, or write down as many words related to ___ as you can think of.”
  • Brainstorming stretches the mind and promotes deep thinking and recall of prior knowledge, e.g. “What do you know about ___? Start with your clearest thoughts and then move on to those what are kind of ‘out there.’”
  • Questions : ask students if they have any questions roughly every 15 minutes. This technique provides time for students to reflect and is also a good time for a scheduled break or for the instructor to interact with students.
  • Note Check : ask students to “take a few minutes to compare notes with a partner,” or “…summarize the most important information,” or “…identify and clarify any sticking points,” etc.
  • Questions and Answer Pairs : have students “take a minute to come with one question then see if you can stump your partner!”
  • The Two-Minute Paper allows the instructor to check the class progress, e.g. “summarize the most important points of today’s lecture.” Have students submit the paper at the end of class.
  • “If You Could Ask One Last Question—What Would It Be?” This technique allows for students to think more deeply about the topic and apply what they have learned in a question format.
  • A Classroom Opinion Poll provides a sense of where students stand on certain topics, e.g. “do you believe in ___,” or “what are your thoughts on ___?”
  • Muddiest Point allows anonymous feedback to inform the instructor if changes and or additions need to be made to the class, e.g. “What parts of today’s material still confuse you?”
  • Most Useful Point can tell the instructor where the course is on track, e.g. “What is the most useful point in today’s material, and how can you illustrate its use in a practical setting?”

Positive Features of PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint saves time and energy—once the presentation has been created, it is easy to update or modify for other courses.
  • PowerPoint is portable and can be shared easily with students and colleagues.
  • PowerPoint supports multimedia, such as video, audio, images, and
PowerPoint supports multimedia, such as video, audio, images, and animation.

Potential Drawbacks of PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint could reduce the opportunity for classroom interaction by being the primary method of information dissemination or designed without built-in opportunities for interaction.
  • PowerPoint could lead to information overload, especially with the inclusion of long sentences and paragraphs or lecture-heavy presentations with little opportunity for practical application or active learning.
  • PowerPoint could “drive” the instruction and minimize the opportunity for spontaneity and creative teaching unless the instructor incorporates the potential for ingenuity into the presentation. 

As with any technology, the way PowerPoint is used will determine its pedagogical effectiveness. By strategically using the points described above, PowerPoint can be used to enhance instruction and engage students.

Alley, M., Schreiber, M., Ramsdell, K., & Muffo, J. (2006). How the design of headlines in presentation slides affects audience retention. Technical Communication, 53 (2), 225-234. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/43090718

University of Washington, Accessible Technology. (n.d.). Creating accessible presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint. Retrieved from https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/documents/powerpoint/  

Selected Resources

Brill, F. (2016). PowerPoint for teachers: Creating interactive lessons. LinkedIn Learning . Retrieved from https://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/PowerPoint-Teachers-Create-Interactive-Lessons/472427-2.html

Huston, S. (2011). Active learning with PowerPoint [PDF file]. DE Oracle @ UMUC . Retrieved from http://contentdm.umuc.edu/digital/api/collection/p16240coll5/id/78/download

Microsoft Office Support. (n.d.). Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible to people with disabilities. Retrieved from https://support.office.com/en-us/article/make-your-powerpoint-presentations-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-6f7772b2-2f33-4bd2-8ca7-ae3b2b3ef25

Tufte, E. R. (2006). The cognitive style of PowerPoint: Pitching out corrupts within. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press LLC.

University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine. (n.d.). Active Learning with a PowerPoint. Retrieved from https://www.unmc.edu/com/_documents/active-learning-ppt.pdf

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Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching. (n.d.). Making better PowerPoint presentations. Retrieved from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/making-better-powerpoint-presentations/

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Northern Illinois University Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. (2020). Teaching with PowerPoint. In Instructional guide for university faculty and teaching assistants. Retrieved from https://www.niu.edu/citl/resources/guides/instructional-guide

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The Ultimate Guide to Effective Teacher Presentations: Strategies & Tips

Dianne Adlawan

Dianne Adlawan

The Ultimate Guide to Effective Teacher Presentations: Strategies & Tips

Teachers, by nature, are considered professional presenters. Their main responsibility is to talk in front of their students to relay educational knowledge, sharpen their minds and skills, and even serve as a second guide alongside their parents. They also speak in front of parents, co-teachers, and school administrators. This just means that preparing for a presentation is already not new to them.

Still, teachers can become so comfortable with their presentation routine that their techniques turn into autopilot. The result of a repetitive task can become tiring and not challenging anymore which may result in students losing interest or attention span in the process.

The tips featured in this article are dedicated to these hard-working professionals. This will help them prepare and perform a better presentation in front of any type of audience.

effective teacher presentations

Why You Should Prepare for a Presentation

  • Preparation helps you build to structure your thoughts to create a well-organized presentation. By taking the time to prepare, you can decide what information is most important, plan the flow of the presentation, and make sure that everything is connected and easy to follow.
  • Second, it allows you to think ahead of the questions that your audience might ask. Especially if you’re giving a presentation to a group of various audiences, who are curious about the topic at hand. By preparing in advance, you’ll be able to answer any questions they may have, which will not only increase their understanding but also boost your credibility as a teacher.
  • Lastly, preparation helps you make the most of your time. Advanced preparation ahead of the presentation can ensure that you’re not wasting time trying to organize your thoughts at the last minute.

Effects of an Organized and Well-Planned Presentation

An audience engages with a speaker who knows their words and poses a confident attitude. While the projector may display clear and concise slides, the presenter is the main ingredient to every presentation.

For teachers, a well-planned lesson presentation helps the teacher maintain the attention and interest of their students, which is crucial for effective learning. Additionally, being organized and prepared will help teachers convey their ideas more effectively and it will help the teacher to feel more confident, which also impacts their teaching and in turn can help to build trust and rapport with their students.

Possible Outcomes of An Unprepared Presentation

Let’s suppose you haven’t allocated enough time to plan and prepare for an important presentation. What could be the potential outcomes?

  • Increased Stress and Anxiety: Lack of preparation can lead to increased anxiety and stress, which can not only hinder your ability to deliver a convincing presentation but also hurt your mental health and work balance. It can cause a “mental block,” causing you to lose focus and concentration during your delivery.
  • Poor Presentation Delivery: Without proper preparation, your presentation can appear scattered and disjointed. This can lead to an incoherent message that fails to convince your audience.
  • Diminished credibility: Delivering an unprepared presentation can harm your reputation as a professional. It can portray you as disorganized and unreliable which could lead your colleagues or students to question your competence and reliability.

Effective Visual and Content Organization Tips

Consider this as the first stage towards an effective teacher presentation. Before moving on to improving your verbal communication cues, let’s enhance first your presentation visuals and content.

Visual Tips

1. add powerpoint animations and different media.

Establishing an attractive slideshow is one of the keys to a successful presentation. This will put a good impression on your audience that you’re prepared just by seeing how well-designed your presentation is. Of course, images add to slideshow attraction, but consider adding another forms of media such as GIFs and videos, as well as animations! Microsoft PowerPoint has a lot of fun & captivating features that you may not be aware of. Check out this example of an easy yet appealing Slide Zoom trick in PowerPoint that you can add to your presentation to wow your audience.

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2. Use Readable Font Styles

Make sure to use the best font style that makes your presentation look sleek, readable, and won’t strain your audience’s eyes while reading. We all want to use a fancy font, trust me, I get it. But most of the time, simplicity is beauty, especially if you’re presenting a professional-looking slideshow. Font styles such as Poppins, Tahoma, Verdana, Montserrat, and Helvetica are great examples of font styles that screams simple yet professional to look at.

On the other hand, font styles such as Bradley Hand, Comic Sans, and Chiller are not ideal choices as they are not meant to captivate your audience’s eyes. And another tip is to stick to two or three fonts only!

ClassPoint teacher presentation using 'Poppins' font

3. Use Relevant Graphics

Selecting graphics for designing your presentation depends on your audience and the goals you aim to achieve with the presentation. For example, if you are presenting in front of students and your goal is to keep them engaged, motivated, and actively participating, then you might consider incorporating charts, tables, and relevant shapes into your design.

It’s important to remember that your presentation design should align with the theme of your topic.

Free Websites to Upgrade your Presentation Graphics:

  • Craiyon. com
  • The Noun Project

4. Use Audience Engagement tools to Activate Learning

Want the quickest solution to an engaged audience? Well, it’s audience interactive activities! Adding interactive activities to your presentation can help keep your audience engaged and interested. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use ClassPoint, an audience engagement tool added right into PowerPoint presentations.

With ClassPoint, you no longer need to worry about strategies to keep your students engaged, as this tool transforms PowerPoint into a teacher presentation tool with a teacher toolbelt and student quizzes , polls, and games that make presentations more fun & engaging.

By combining ClassPoint with your presentation techniques, you can focus solely on setting up your lesson content in PowerPoint and allow ClassPoint to handle the rest for achieving a learning-activated presentation lesson .

🔍 Learn more about ClassPoint, the teacher add-in for better lessons & student engagement 👍

5. Use a Laser Pointer

Help focus your audience attention by using a laser pointer!

With the help of a laser pointer device, teachers are able to attract the attention of their audiences and concentrate on essential points in their presentations. Highlighting these main ideas and terms assists the speaker in organizing their speech, preventing distraction, and increasing retention of the information presented.

You can use a physical laser pointer & clicker, or with the addition of ClassPoint into PowerPoint, presenters can easily turn their cursor into a laser or a spotlight . This can make it even easier for students to follow along and is a convenient tool for creating a more captivating teacher presentation.

Secret tip: if you write on your slide with the laser, it will leave disappearing ink! 🪄

Content Tips

1. research and fact-check your presentation.

As educators, it is crucial to equip ourselves with reliable and accurate information before presenting to our students. We have a responsibility to not only educate them but to also mold them into critical thinkers who are equipped with factual knowledge. Without thorough fact-checking, we risk disseminating misinformation and hindering their intellectual growth.

To avoid such situations, we must prioritize research and fact-checking before presenting any information. Conducting research helps us not only in finding accurate information but also in ensuring that the sources we use are reliable and credible. Moreover, taking the time to fact-check demonstrates our commitment to providing students with high-quality education and the desire to create a safe and accurate learning environment.

2. Be Prepared to Anticipate Questions during the Presentation

It is important to be well-prepared for a presentation especially anticipating and addressing questions. This applies particularly to a teacher presentation, as educators face varied expectations and questions. Adequate preparation allows you to organize ideas and justifications, and it can deepen understanding, boost confidence, and improve adaptability. Addressing questions, makes your audiences feel heard and appreciated. This will result in comprehensive presentations, enhanced confidence, improved information flow, and an atmosphere of respect and understanding.

A great & visual way you can elaborate, or explain your material in new ways, is by using ClassPoint’s whiteboard tools added to PowerPoint. ClassPoint’s added toolbar presents teachers with unlimited whiteboard slides they can open whenever they need, and user-friendly yet comprehensive pen tools with available shapes, and text boxes. Plus you can also use ClassPoint’s quick poll or other question types to assess students’ understanding with hard data & insights.

Addressing questions well makes your audience or students feel heard & appreciated leading to improved learning, enhanced confidence, and a respectful, safe learning environment.

3. Provide an Outline Structure of your Content

When you are preparing your presentation, it is best to first create an effective outline structure that will guide your presentation flow and help you focus on the main learning objective. But what you may not be doing, is offering that outline structure to your students, but you should!

Providing students with a clear understanding of what this lesson is about, the structure of the lesson, and what they will be able to take away from it is important. By doing so, you can help students stay focused and follow along with the material. Additionally, you are setting expectations and ensuring that everyone is on the same page, which can help promote student autonomy. So, include an outline at the start of your presentation lesson.

Step-by-Step Strategies for a Successful Presentation

Before presentation, know your audience, your students, or observers.

Once you have completed your deck, you may want to add a guide script and any additional notes with important points you don’t want to forget or you want to highlight in your presentation to impress your students .

Practice your presentation delivery/lesson

Practice delivering your presentation give you a chance to fine-tune your content and get your facts down. This will help you become more comfortable with the material and identify areas that need improvement. You can practice in front of a mirror, record yourself and watch it back, or even rehearse with a colleague or friend. When practicing, pay attention to your posture, tone of voice, and pacing. By doing so, you’ll be able to deliver a confident and engaging presentation that will captivate your audience.

Use a friendly tone of voice and pace

Adjust your tone to match your message, and avoid speaking too quickly so that your audience will get the chance to absorb the information you’re sharing. By being mindful of these aspects, you will capture your audience’s attention and leave them feeling informed and inspired.

Use engaging body language

Body language is essential for engaging your audience during a presentation. Stand up straight, make eye contact, and use hand gestures to emphasize important points. You can also move around the classroom to keep your students’ attention. By using engaging body language, you’ll be able to convey your message more effectively and keep your students interested throughout the presentation. You’ve got this!

During Presentation

Create an icebreaker.

Having an icebreaker is a warm-up for your students’ brains, allowing you to focus and engage with the material being presented. It also helps break down any barriers or tension between the presenter and the audience, making for a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Additionally, an icebreaker provides an opportunity for the presenter to showcase their creativity and personality, adding an extra level of excitement and engagement to the presentation.

Good thing that ClassPoint has numerous features to help you perform an entertaining and unforgettable icebreaker. Here are some examples that you can use during an icebreaker.

  • Quick Poll : Quick Poll allows you to create interactive polls right inside your presentation. When used as an icebreaker, it can engage the audience, initiate discussions, and provide valuable insights that help tailor the content to participants’ preferences.
  • Word Cloud: Presenters can ask thought-provoking questions related to the topic or general interest. Using Word Cloud, the audiences can answer through their mobile which can be instantly seen as collective responses, with the most frequently mentioned words appearing larger.
  • Short Answer : In short answer, you can challenge your audiences’ thought process in a short-form writing activity with no options to get from to test their ability to understand.
  • Image Upload : Using single image, audiences can interpret what they feel like, or their mood using only the photos in their gallery or surroundings. A creative yet fun way for an icebreaker!

Speak clearly

Effective communication is crucial when presenting important information to students. Speaking clearly helps ensure that students understand the concepts being taught and follow instructions effectively. As a teacher, it’s important to focus on clear speech to promote effective communication and help your students comprehend the material being presented.

Pay attention to your audience’s attention

Since distractions are aplenty, attention spans are dwindling, it’s important for presenters to captivate their audience’s attention right from the beginning. For teachers, when speaking in front of your class, you should not only focus on the content of your presentation but also on your students’ attention.

To ensure that your students won’t start drifting away or zoning out, start with a compelling opening that immediately grabs their attention. Use vivid storytelling, examples, or demonstrations to engage your students and drive home your message. Don’t forget the power of humor, and never be afraid to be yourself – authentic, passionate, and confident.

Add Personality: share short relatable stories

“A great personality makes everyone feel energized; just like a flower’s fragrance that freshens ups the complete surrounding.” 29 Personality Quotes to Achieve Greatness

As to what is stated in the quote, having a positive and vibrant personality affects the overall mood of your surrounding, it can capture the audience’s attention and maintain their interest throughout the presentation. While the ultimate goal is to deliver a presentation rich with new learnings and knowledge, adding humor can do no harm to lift up the mood in the room. You might want to start by segueing a short story that your students can relate to and make interactions by encouraging them to share a story too or ask questions.

Post-Presentation Reflection

Take the comments by heart.

Receiving feedback from your students is a great way for evaluating the efficacy of a teacher presentation. This can help you identify areas where you can improve and tailor your teaching tactics to better suit the needs of your students. Listening to your students’ feedback can also promote a feeling of cooperation and enable them to become more actively involved in the learning experience. So, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and take it to heart in order to continually improve your presentations.

Experienced educators understand that they are perpetually crafting their skills, and feedback from their audience brings an opportunity for professional advancement. In addition, accepting audience feedback illustrates esteem and worth for the students’ views. It promotes a feeling of cooperation and enables students to become more actively involved in the learning experience.

Preparing for a presentation is essential for teachers to deliver engaging and impactful content to their students. By structuring thoughts, anticipating questions, and preparing ahead, teachers can achieve a well-organized presentation that will enhance the students’ understanding and leave them feeling confident.

By following our strategies and tips teachers can achieve successful lessons using PowerPoint presentations. And, with the help of an advanced educational technology tool like ClassPoint, teachers can create dynamic and memorable presentations that their students will enjoy and actively participate in.

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We have all experienced the pain of a bad PowerPoint presentation. And even though we promise ourselves never to make the same mistakes, we can still fall prey to common design pitfalls.  The good news is that your PowerPoint presentation doesn’t have to be ordinary. By keeping in mind a few guidelines, your classroom presentations can stand above the crowd!

“It is easy to dismiss design – to relegate it to mere ornament, the prettifying of places and objects to disguise their banality. But that is a serious misunderstanding of what design is and why it matters.” Daniel Pink

One framework that can be useful when making design decisions about your PowerPoint slide design is Baddeley and Hitch’s model of working memory .

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As illustrated in the diagram above, the Central Executive coordinates the work of three systems by organizing the information we hear, see, and store into working memory.

The Phonological Loop deals with any auditory information. Students in a classroom are potentially listening to a variety of things: the instructor, questions from their peers, sound effects or audio from the PowerPoint presentation, and their own “inner voice.”

The Visuo-Spatial Sketchpad deals with information we see. This involves such aspects as form, color, size, space between objects, and their movement. For students this would include: the size and color of fonts, the relationship between images and text on the screen, the motion path of text animation and slide transitions, as well as any hand gestures, facial expressions, or classroom demonstrations made by the instructor.

The Episodic Buffer integrates the information across these sensory domains and communicates with long-term memory. All of these elements are being deposited into a holding tank called the “episodic buffer.” This buffer has a limited capacity and can become “overloaded” thereby, setting limits on how much information students can take in at once.

Laura Edelman and Kathleen Harring from Muhlenberg College , Allentown, Pennsylvania have developed an approach to PowerPoint design using Baddeley and Hitch’s model. During the course of their work, they conducted a survey of students at the college asking what they liked and didn’t like about their professor’s PowerPoint presentations. They discovered the following:

Characteristics students don’t like about professors’ PowerPoint slides

  • Too many words on a slide
  • Movement (slide transitions or word animations)
  • Templates with too many colors

Characteristics students like like about professors’ PowerPoint slides

  • Graphs increase understanding of content
  • Bulleted lists help them organize ideas
  • PowerPoint can help to structure lectures
  • Verbal explanations of pictures/graphs help more than written clarifications

According to Edelman and Harring, some conclusions from the research at Muhlenberg are that students learn more when:

  • material is presented in short phrases rather than full paragraphs.
  • the professor talks about the information on the slide rather than having students read it on their own.
  • relevant pictures are used. Irrelevant pictures decrease learning compared to PowerPoint slides with no picture
  • they take notes (if the professor is not talking). But if the professor is lecturing, note-taking and listening decreased learning.
  • they are given the PowerPoint slides before the class.

Advice from Edelman and Harring on leveraging the working memory with PowerPoint:

  • Leverage the working memory by dividing the information between the visual and auditory modality.  Doing this reduces the likelihood of one system becoming overloaded. For instance, spoken words with pictures are better than pictures with text, as integrating an image and narration takes less cognitive effort than integrating an image and text.
  • Minimize the opportunity for distraction by removing any irrelevant material such as music, sound effects, animations, and background images.
  • Use simple cues to direct learners to important points or content. Using text size, bolding, italics, or placing content in a highlighted or shaded text box is all that is required to convey the significance of key ideas in your presentation.
  • Don’t put every word you intend to speak on your PowerPoint slide. Instead, keep information displayed in short chunks that are easily read and comprehended.
  • One of the mostly widely accessed websites about PowerPoint design is Garr Reynolds’ blog, Presentation Zen . In his blog entry:  “ What is Good PowerPoint Design? ” Reynolds explains how to keep the slide design simple, yet not simplistic, and includes a few slide examples that he has ‘made-over’ to demonstrate how to improve its readability and effectiveness. He also includes sample slides from his own presentation about PowerPoint slide design.
  • Another presentation guru, David Paradi, author of “ The Visual Slide Revolution: Transforming Overloaded Text Slides into Persuasive Presentations ” maintains a video podcast series called “ Think Outside the Slide ” where he also demonstrates PowerPoint slide makeovers. Examples on this site are typically from the corporate perspective, but the process by which content decisions are made is still relevant for higher education. Paradi has also developed a five step method, called KWICK , that can be used as a simple guide when designing PowerPoint presentations.
  • In the video clip below, Comedian Don McMillan talks about some of the common misuses of PowerPoint in his routine called “Life After Death by PowerPoint.”

  • This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights a blog moderated by Microsoft’s Doug Thomas that compiles practical PowerPoint advice gathered from presentation masters like Seth Godin , Guy Kawasaki , and Garr Reynolds .

Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story , by Jerry Weissman, Prentice Hall, 2006

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery , by Garr Reynolds, New Riders Press, 2008

Solving the PowerPoint Predicament: using digital media for effective communication , by Tom Bunzel , Que, 2006

The Cognitive Style of Power Point , by Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Pr, 2003

The Visual Slide Revolution: Transforming Overloaded Text Slides into Persuasive Presentations , by Dave Paradi, Communications Skills Press, 2000

Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck: And How You Can Make Them Better , by Rick Altman, Harvest Books, 2007

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A teacher’s PowerPoint presentation is one way to share content with students that’s different from lecturing or teaching from the textbook.

And if a PowerPoint is put together correctly, it can be an effective way of reinforcing certain content to students so that they’re better able to retain it. What’s more is that teachers can print and distribute the PowerPoint presentation or post it online so students can go back and access it as reference material. However, if it’s not put together correctly, a PowerPoint presentation can disengage and make students bored.

So how should teachers go about putting together an effective PowerPoint presentation? For starters, it should be simple. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun. Here’s a look at five tips that teachers can use to spruce up their PowerPoint presentations and make them an effective teaching tool.

Highlight a take home message

A PowerPoint presentation should be basic, simple and not distracting. It should also focus on keywords and a take home message. For example, always be sure to include a summary slide of what the presentation is intending to accomplish as well as a table of contents on the different topics that will be covered in the program. The summary slide serves as the main topic and what students should learn after viewing the presentation. Then, at the end of the PowerPoint presentation, teachers should include another summary slide, going over everything that was just covered and, again, highlighting the main point. Bottom line: keep PowerPoint presentations simple, but make sure they have a purpose and make sure that the purpose is made clear.

Add pictures

We’ve already gone over how a good PowerPoint presentation should always have a focus on what it intends to accomplish and it should always contain a take home message. Teachers can reinforce this take home message with pictures, charts, symbols and other images. In fact, sometimes it’s better to have more pictures than text in a PowerPoint presentation. Images work to reinforce a main point or message. Teachers typically will just share this content with their class, so they can pull images straight from the Internet. However, for teachers who are making more public and widespread presentations, copyright law will need to be considered.

Just as how pictures can help reinforce a main point or support content, so can videos. And studies say that students enjoy watching videos and retain information from them well, especially if the video is engaging, interesting and informative. Teachers can embed videos right from YouTube or from their desktops to complement a PowerPoint presentation.

Nothing turns off a class like a poorly put together PowerPoint presentation, so teachers should always be sure to do a quick rehearsal before they present it to the class. While testing it, make sure that all the images load up on the slides, that videos load up properly and that audio works, too. Also, it’s important for teachers to make sure that there’s a way to connect their computer, or upload anything that’s storing the PowerPoint presentation, to a larger TV monitor or projector screen so the whole class doesn’t have to huddle around a computer screen to view it. Teachers should also make sure that any text can be read clearly and that the color scheme is good.

Make it fun

A PowerPoint presentation can be an innovative way of teaching. Generally speaking, it’s a more interesting and engaging way for students to learn than the typical lecture is. Teachers should embrace this method of teaching and have fun with it. Throw in some jokes, possibly some funny pictures and be sure to get creative with presentations. The more fun that teachers have in putting together a presentation, the more fun students will get out of it. And as we previously noted, the more students enjoy a lecture, presentation or activity, the more likely they are to retain the information.

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Do you use PowerPoint (or Keynote, Prezi or other presentation software) as part of your teaching? If yes, why? This is not meant to be a question that puts you on the defensive, rather to ask you to reflect on how the use of a presentation application enhances your teaching and fits in with other strategies to meet your learning objectives for the class.

A key point from that post to reiterate: “Duarte reports on research showing that listening and reading are conflicting cognitive processes, meaning that your audience can either read your slides or listen to you; they cannot do both at the same time. However, our brains can handle simultaneous listening to a speaker and seeing relevant visual material.”

It’s important to keep this in mind, particularly if your slides are text heavy. Your students will be scrambling to copy the text verbatim without actually processing what is being said. On the other hand, if your slides are used as prompts (presenting questions or key points with minimal text) or if you don’t use slides at all, students will have to listen to what you are saying, and summarize those concepts in their notes. This process will enhance their understanding of the material.

An article in Focus on Teaching from August 1, 2012 by Maryellen Weimer, PhD asks us to consider Does PowerPoint Help or Hinder Learning? Weimer references a survey of students on the use of PowerPoint by their instructors. A majority of students reported that all or most of their instructors used PowerPoint. Weimer’s expresses the concern that “Eighty-two percent [of students surveyed] said they “always,” “almost always,” or “usually” copy the information on the slides.” She asks, “Does copying down content word-for-word develop the skills needed to organize material on your own? Does it expedite understanding the relationships between ideas? Does it set students up to master the material or to simply memorize it?” Further, she notes that PowerPoint slides that serve as an outline or use bulleted lists may “oversimplify” complex content, encourage passivity, and limit critical thinking.

Four journal articles from Cell Biology Education on PowerPoint in the Classroom (2004 Fall) present different points of view (POV) on the use of PowerPoint. Although written over a decade ago, most of the concepts are still relevant. Be aware that some of the links are no longer working. From the introduction to the series:

Four POVs are presented: 1) David Keefe and James Willett provide their case why PowerPoint is an ideal teaching software. Keefe is an educational researcher at the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International. Willett is a professor at George Mason University in the Departments of Microbial and Molecular Bioscience; as well as Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. 2) Kim McDonald highlights the causes of PowerPointlessness, a term which indicates the frequent use of PowerPoint as a crutch rather than a tool. She is a Bioscience Educator at the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. 3) Diana Voss asks readers if PowerPoint is really necessary to present the material effectively or not. Voss is a Instructional Computing Support Specialist at SUNY Stony Brook. 4) Cynthia Lanius takes a light-hearted approach to ask whether PowerPoint is a technological improvement or just a change of pace for teacher and student presentations. Lanius is a Technology Integration Specialist in the Sinton (Texas) Independent School District.

These are short, op-ed style, pieces that will further stimulate your thinking on using presentation software in your teaching.

For more humorous, but none-the-less thought provoking approach, see Rebecca Shuman’s anti-PowerPoint tirade featured in Slate (March 7, 2014): PowerPointless . With the tagline, “Digital slideshows are the scourge of higher education,” Shuman reminds us that “A presentation, believe it or not, is the opening move of a conversation—not the entire conversation.”

Shuman offers a practical guide for those, like her, who do use presentation software, but seek to avoid abusing it. “It is with a few techniques and a little attention, possible to ensure that your presentations rest in the slim minority that are truly interactive and actually help your audience learn.” Speaking.io , the website Shuman references, discusses the use of presentation software broadly, not just for academics, but has many useful ideas and tips.  

For a resource specific to academic use, see the University of Central Florida’s Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning’s Effective Use of PowerPoint . The experts at the Center examine the advantages and challenges of using presentation software in the classroom, suggest approaches to take, and discuss in detail using PowerPoint for case studies, with clickers, as worksheets, for online (think flipped classes as well) teaching, the of use presenter view, and demonstrate best practices for delivery and content construction.

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Microsoft PowerPoint is a powerful teaching tool and this is how it can help your classroom

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Microsoft PowerPoint is a powerful slide-based presentation tool that can be used by teachers and students as a way of communicating digitally. This comes as part of the Microsoft Office 365 package so, if your institution uses that, you may already have access to this power tool.

This lets you create presentations from scratch or -- helpfully -- using templates that allow you to input the data you need to end up with a professional finish, fast. Since the software is cloud-based, it can allow you to jump between devices while working on a single project that's also easy to access and share.

Of course there is some very direct competition from Google, which is free. So can Microsoft justify the price that goes with its PowerPoint tool?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about Microsoft PowerPoint for education.

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What is Microsoft PowerPoint?

Microsoft PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation tool; in fact, it was one of the first and is still one of the most famous and widely used. Mainly aimed at business use, PowerPoint is crammed full of powerful features.

For schools already using the Microsoft ecosystem of software, this is a very easy tool to integrate and allows for simple sharing of presentations with students, other teachers, and parents. Go beyond the Microsoft world though and that can become more difficult unless you're using the online specific version of PowerPoint, as opposed to the more feature-rich full software – but more on that in the cost section below.

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Microsoft PowerPoint can be used from scratch but also offers a broad library of templates that allow for quick and easy construction of presentations with a high-quality finish. That means the end result can be more engaging and can take far less time and effort to create, both for teachers and students.

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Collaboration, in real-time, is also an option in the case of the online version of PowerPoint, making this useful as a place for students to work together even when physically distanced.

What's new in Microsoft PowerPoint?

In recent months Microsoft has announced a slew of updates. This is nothing new, but for education specifically, these are the points that are of interest. 

Microsoft had added an enhanced Teleprompter view in Recording Studio. This includes an auto scroll feature that allows teachers to easily refer to a script while keeping eye contact in the video recording.

Tasks are a new addition to PowerPoint, which allow teachers to annotate points on student work, so as to assign an action for them to carry out in their work.

Reactions are a useful new feature that let you react to something without having to type words -- letting students know you've seen it, without opening up more dialogue or costing you time.

How does Microsoft PowerPoint work?

Microsoft PowerPoint follows the layout you may have experienced before in Word or Excel. You start with a selection of template options, or a blank start, which brings you into the editing mode. This has the slides down the left of the screen with a larger central part showing the current slide. Above that are the options in word and icon formats.

Editing is very easy, as when you select a section of the slide, that element will then be available to customize with prompts popping up to help. Drag-and-drop is also an option for moving items about or adding images into your slides, for example.

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So the basic use of Microsoft PowerPoint is simple enough, however, there are lot of options. This could be daunting except Microsoft offers plenty of support so you can dive into those options to explore more. The Microsoft 365 support center has how-to articles, step-by-step video tutorials, an active community forum, and even a 24/7 live chat support team.

Once you're happy with your presentation, you can share it using a simple link, or you can present it to the class in the room or digitally by simply hitting the play icon. This also lets you see one screen, behind the scenes if you like, while the students just see the slides as each comes up – ideal if you want to keep notes and answers hidden.

What are the best Microsoft PowerPoint features?

Microsoft PowerPoint ease of use makes it a great tool for education. The ability to drag and drop images, music, video, files, and more into the slide and have the software do the work of converting and fitting it is an often underrated feature.

Collaboration is a great feature that allows students to work together on projects. Since students can see one another's changes, live, they don't need to be in the same room or in communication to work effectively together. Of course, having a bit of a plan of who does what also helps avoid any overlap.

Thanks to the wide use of Microsoft tools, there is a broad array of devices on which PowerPoint will work, from desktop computers and laptops to tablets and smartphones. It also plays nice with lots of projectors and smartboards, making presentations in varying locations an easy option, all using digital content stored in the cloud.

Microsoft PowerPoint offers great 3D support, making it a useful tool for sharing images, renders, and more. From physical objects in design or science class to virtual interactive maps, there's lots you can integrate into a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.

How much does Microsoft PowerPoint cost?

Microsoft charges for PowerPoint in varying ways, including a free option.

The Office 365 A1 plan gets you a host of online (slightly limited) versions of the apps, including PowerPoint, for free . This also comes with Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote, Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, and more.

Step up to the Office 365 A3 plan , at $3.25 per user per month for staff or $2.50 per student , and you get all the above. You also get access to the full desktop apps as well as additional management and security tools.

Go for the top Office 365 A5 plan and it's $8 per user per month for staff and $6 per student . This gets you all the above plus "best-in-class intelligent security management", advanced compliance and analytics systems. 

Microsoft PowerPoint Best Tips and Tricks

Work together Create a project on the big screen, as a class, to work out how to use the software and work through any issues as a class.

Collaborate Set up groups for projects and have them work collaboratively to see how this tool can function across the cloud to enhance teamwork and the end results.

Try templates Encourage students to work with the templates to find ways to expressing what they need in the most time efficient way possible.

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PowerPoint is a presentation program. It automatically creates a sense of formality in a classroom. Many students respond to PowerPoint the same way they respond to a lecture. They tend to be quieter, more inclined to listen than to talk, and even may take notes. If you desire a more relaxed classroom atmosphere, some of the options described later in this chapter offer suggestions for reducing the formality of PowerPoint.

Bridging with PowerPoint

Using PowerPoint when you are in the seminar style classroom can create a sense of technological continuation between the classrooms. You might want to incorporate some of the material produced in the LAN into a PowerPoint presentation.

When and How to Use PowerPoint

How much you use PowerPoint will vary based on your particular teaching style. The next section provides a list of suggestions for incorporating PowerPoint into daily instruction. Keep in mind that using PowerPoint requires planning; you need to prepare your presentation in advance.

You will find detailed instructions on how to use PowerPoint in the  CIC Student Guide  portion of this manual.

Options for Using Power Point

Option 1: illustrated lectures.

When giving a lecture or mini-lecture, you can use PowerPoint to highlight key points in your presentation. The visual format of PowerPoint allows you to easily project timelines, and images. You can also use PowerPoint to provide an outline of your talk, without writing on the board.

Image and text illustrate key lecture ideas in PowerPoint

Option 2: Instructions

You can use PowerPoint to present instructions for a paper assignment or class activity. The sequential order of the slides lends itself to providing step-by-step instructions.

Option 3: Paper Proposals

Students can present their paper proposals or outlines to the class via PowerPoint. For example, a student could present his or her claim on one slide, following by an outline for the paper on another. Or the student could combine the table feature to present two possible outlines for the paper side by side.

SAMPLE ASSIGNMENT (Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges)

This assignment gives students the option of using PowerPoint.

The proposal assignment allows you to develop a tentative thesis, pose arguments related to this thesis, identify potential evidence and consider organizational strategies for your comparison/contrast essay. You may submit the proposal in a word-processed format, or you may use PowerPoint. You may also integrate images into the proposal, particularly as you discuss shots and scenes you will analyze in the essay. In completing the proposal, you will produce a roadmap to guide your drafting process.

Although the proposal can take a variety of formats, it should include the following components:

  • A tentative title for the essay.
  • The names of the films you will compare/contrast.
  • The theme you plan to address and an indication of how you plan to narrow the theme.
  • A tentative thesis that addresses the significance of the films’ similarities and differences.
  • An overview of the similarities and differences you will address in the essay.
  • A description of the shots or scenes you plan to analyze, with notes on the arguments you plan to make about these shots and scenes.
  • An indication of the order in which you plan to make your points. You may do this in the form of a list, a descriptive outline, or any other format that works for you.
  • A list of any questions you have regarding the assignment or your ideas-in-progress.

While I have listed the elements you should include, you can address them in an order you wish. For example, you may integrate the overview of similarities and differences and the listing of shots/scenes into the outline of points. You may also incorporate anything else that will help you draft the essay (excerpts from your electronic responses; quotations from lecture, readings, or others’ electronic responses; notes taken during in-class presentations, etc.).

Option 4: Discussion Prompts

You can use PowerPoint to project a discussion prompt to the class. This technique is particularly suited to a short writing exercise. Since the prompt is already legibly written on the slide, students can refer back to it easily as they complete a writing activity prior to discussion. You can then use PowerPoint to project bulletin board or other class materials relevant to the prompt and/or follow up questions.

Note : projecting a quote from a Bulletin Board discussion followed by a discussion question is a simple and effective way to bridge discussions when moving between rooms.

PowerPoint used to display discussion prompts

Option 5: Test or Quiz Answers

PowerPoint gives you the ability to project a test or quiz question, discuss it with the class, and then project the answer below or alongside the question. You can also use PowerPoint to project student responses to questions.

PowerPoint used to conduct class quiz

Option 6: Grammar Exercises

You can use PowerPoint to grammatical instructions, samples from student papers, and revised sentences, among other possibilities. The ability to reveal the text on the screen a section at a time allows students to clearly see the editing process.

Option 7: Student Projects

Most of the options described above are also suited to student presentations. You can require students to use PowerPoint for individual or group presentations or you can give students the option of using PowerPoint. You may be surprised how many students will take the option.


An excellent pedagogical means of keeping class discussion lively, the discussant pool diverse, and the selected texts intellectually engaging is to assign a pair or a group of students to lead a discussion on a given text. The exercise can include close reading exclusively, or it can include the researching, summarizing, and presenting of one or two critical articles on that text.

The technique works particularly well if presenters are required to quote short passages from the articles on PowerPoint slides and to provide summaries of whatever quoted—a requirement that reinforces in each class session the practice of never allowing a secondary quoted source to stand alone without critical interpretation.

The technique also works well if portions of class sessions are set aside to allow students to research articles (on campus, via the UW Libraries English Research Guide  as well as to allow adequate preparation time for presenters to confer and design their PowerPoint drafts—best to set limits on these, say, five or eight slides, as presenters rarely gauge time accurately and always have more to say during the discussion than they initially anticipate.

Also helpful is to require that the last PowerPoint screen include at least two but no more than four questions about the textual subject under discussion/ and or the textual relevance of the articles summarized.

Here’s an example from a senior seminar discussion of Ali Smith’s novel Hotel World :

PowerPoint used by student presenters

Below is an explanation I included within my syllabus about using PowerPoint as an aid to discussion leading; the course was a senior seminar that focused on variations of voice in literary texts:

For Group or Solo Presentation (Discussion Leading) Projects

Everyone in class needs to take responsibility for leading a class discussion about a particular aspect of voice used in our course texts.

A short PowerPoint slide show is required for all presentations, and we’ll use class time to prepare at least skeletal drafts of the PowerPoints.

Here’s how to prepare:

  • Coordinate with me and other presenters before the actual presentation to ensure variety rather than redundancy in topic matter that centers on style and voice in your assigned text.
  • Rehearse your presentation, and if it bores you at any point or doesn’t reveal something interesting about a writer’s voice as conveyed in style, revise the presentation so that it does engage and interest.
  • Produce and rely on a brief (3- 5 PowerPoint screens) to cover the points that you are explaining. Quote short textual passages on these screens and mark them so as to make them largely visible and to keep people’s attention on the screen and your voice.
  • Use another audio/visual aid (besides your own voice and not just the print book you’re working with) in your presentation to give your presentation pizzazz—and don’t hesitate to employ words like pizzazz in your PowerPoint script, as this is a class about literary voice!  Item 1

Additional Resources

  • YouTube Comedy Video on How NOT to Use Powerpoint This 4 minute video is a low-key way to introduce students to some of the more extreme abuses of PowerPoint.
  • Bedford St. Martins   Tutorial on Preparing Presentation Slides This is an online tutorial with some solid nuts and bolts guidelines for building audience-friendly slides. It can also be used as a point of discussion for how "rules of thumb" can cause problems in presenting complex material.
  • Excerpt from Edward Tufte's The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint This essay is a classic for critiquing how Powerpoint can reduce the analytical complexity of data and conclusions, in some cases leading to bad and even dangerous decisions in technical environments. 
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The Importance of PowerPoint Presentation in Teaching

An education-based PowerPoint presentation templates have become an integral part of teaching in today’s classrooms. They provide educators with a versatile tool for delivering engaging and interactive lessons. PPT presentations also offer numerous benefits for students, including the ability to improve concentration and comprehension levels.

Additionally, by using PowerPoint slides in conjunction with other instructional materials, such as textbooks and handouts, teachers can ensure that all students are able to access the information being presented in class. PowerPoint presentations can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning when used effectively.

The main reason behind this is that PowerPoint presentations enable you to interact with your audience psychologically. So, here we’re going to discuss the power of PowerPoint in education.

In most cases, presentations are designed for businesses and applied very commonly in business areas. Moreover, presentation slides are likewise used in the education sector and can make your educational or research content compelling.

Let’s get started. Scroll now to read the key benefits of using PowerPoint in teaching and learning .

Why PowerPoint Templates Are the Best Tool for Teaching?

Why PowerPoint Templates Are the Best Tool for Teaching

PowerPoint templates are an excellent tool for teaching. They provide a consistent and professional look to your presentations and help keep your ideas organized. Presentation templates also make updating and changing your slides easy, so you can always keep your presentations fresh and up-to-date.

When teaching a subject like biology, getting your audience interested in what you have to say is essential. PowerPoint templates can help you set the tone for your presentation and reinforce the type of content you will discuss. There are various templates out there, so you can find one that will let you teach your subject efficiently and keep things neat and organized.

In addition, PPT slides can be easily shared with other teachers so that you can collaborate on projects and assignments. Overall, PowerPoint templates are a versatile and valuable tool for any teacher. With their help, you can create engaging and informative presentations to help your students learn and succeed.

How PowerPoint Templates Let You Engage Your Students or Audience?

How PowerPoint Templates Let You Engage Your Students

At present, it’s more important than ever to be able to engage your audience. Whether you’re giving a PPT presentation to a group of students or speaking to a potential client, you need to be able to capture their attention and keep them engaged.

One way to do this is by using PowerPoint templates. With templates, you can create visually appealing and informative presentations. By using engaging visuals and helpful content, you can ensure that your audience stays interested in what you’re saying.

In addition, templates can help you save time when creating presentations. All you need to do with everything already laid out for you is add your content. Accordingly, templates can help you create professional and effective presentations.

Although presentation skills are essential for everyone, they are particularly important for educators. After all, a large part of a teacher’s job is to present information to students engagingly and effectively. Fortunately, there are some simple tips that can help to improve any presentation.

  • First, it is important to be well prepared. This means clearly understanding the material that will be covered and knowing how to effectively communicate it to the audience.
  • It is also significant to be aware of the audience’s level of knowledge and adjust the presentation accordingly.
  • Finally, it is significant to be confident and keep the presentation interesting using various techniques such as humor, stories, or multimedia elements.

By following these tips, any teacher can deliver a successful presentation.

How to Create an Educational Presentation Quickly?

How to Create an Educational Presentation Quickly

PowerPoint templates are a great way to teach your students detailed data. For your lessons to be practical, you need your students to focus and pay attention, so having templates allows them the tools they need to learn more effectively.

It’s a wise way of helping children in school hone their PowerPoint skills. Many children feel overwhelmed when they have to start creating presentations from scratch-templates give them a structure they can follow and tweak to make their own.

Additionally, templates can be reused multiple times, which saves you time in the long run. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that PowerPoint templates are becoming increasingly popular in educational settings.

If you’re finding a way to help, your students learn more effectively, consider using PowerPoint templates in your next lesson.

However, you can create an informative and engaging presentation with some preparation and organization. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Choose a subject that is interesting and relevant to your audience.
  • Gather information and resources on the topic.
  • Outline your presentation content.
  • Create visuals or slides to accompany your presentation content.
  • Practice giving your presentation.
  • Time yourself so you can keep it within the desired time frame.

Let’s walk through the best practices to create a unique educational PPT presentation.

Choose a Subject That Is Interesting and Relevant to Your Audience

When creating an educational PowerPoint, choosing a subject that is interesting and relevant to your audience is essential.

This will help engage the audience and ensure that they learn from the presentation.

Also, choosing a relevant topic will help keep the audience’s attention focused on the PowerPoint. There are a few different ways to determine what subject would be most exciting and pertinent to your audience. One way is to consider the age range of the audience.

Another way is to think about what type of information would be most helpful to them. Additionally, you can research the interests of the audience ahead of time. Considering these factors, you can choose a subject for your PowerPoint that will be both interesting and relevant to your audience.

Gather Information and Resources on the Topic

If you want to create an educational PPT presentation, it’s essential to gather information and resources on your topic first. This will ensure that the PowerPoint is informative and accurate.

There are a few different ways to go about gathering information. One option is to do some online research. Another option is to visit a library and look for books or articles on the topic.

Once you have brought together all the necessary information, you can start putting together your PowerPoint presentation. Remember to include only appropriate information and to present it in an organized and visually appealing way.

If a little effort is put into creating a PowerPoint, you can come up with an educational presentation that you will like.

Outline Your Presentation Content

You will need to describe your content thoroughly when creating educational PowerPoint slides. This will be useful to organize your thoughts and ensure that your presentation is cohesive and informative. Begin by brainstorming the main points that you want to cover.

Then, create an introductory presentation outline, including an introduction, body, and conclusion. Once you have a general overview of your content, you can begin to flesh out the details. In the body of your presentation, include supporting evidence for each point you make.

In conclusion, summarize the key points of your presentation and leave your audience with something to think about. By wisely and efficiently editing and structuring your content, you can create a captivating and interactive PowerPoint lesson that is both informative and interesting.

Create Visuals or Slides to Accompany Your Presentation Content

You must include visual components to reveal information in an instructional PowerPoint presentation. It will help to engage the audience and provide them with a more immersive experience.

Additionally, visuals can help clarify and strengthen the key points you are trying to communicate. If used effectively, they can also help to add interest and excitement to your presentation.

When choosing visuals, be sure to select ones that are high quality and relevant to your topic. Avoid using too many visuals, as this can overwhelm your audience.

Instead, focus on choosing a few useful visuals to support your presentation and help your audience understand your message better.

Practice Giving Your Presentation

Whether you are allowed to give a speech, practice builds expertise. By practicing your presentation, you can ensure that you are delivering your material in the most effective way possible.

Being careful with your delivery, body language, and overall clarity is essential when practicing. Remember that eye contact is key and that you want to project confidence in your ability to speak on the topic at hand.

It can also be helpful to tape-record yourself so that you can listen back and identify areas that may need improvement. With a bit of practice, you will be capable of giving an educative and memorable presentation.

Time Yourself So You Can Keep It Within the Desired Time Frame

If you’re planning for an educational presentation, it’s important to time yourself stay within the desired time frame. This can be exceptionally important if you’re giving a presentation to a group of students who have a limited attention span.

You can ensure that your presentation stays on track and doesn’t run over by timing yourself. There are a few different ways to time yourself. One option is to use a stopwatch or timer.

Another option for keeping track of where you are in your presentation is periodically checking the clock.

Whichever method you choose, ensure you give yourself enough time to practice to stay within the desired time frame when giving your presentation.

How an Educational PowerPoint Presentation Skyrocket Your Success

How a Professional Educational PowerPoint Presentation Skyrocket Your Success

A well-designed PowerPoint slide can be the key to success in any educational setting. A PowerPoint presentation can help students grasp complex concepts and remember key points by organizing visually appealing and easy-to-understand information.

Additionally, a PPT presentation can add excitement and interest to a dull lecture or dry text. When used effectively, a PowerPoint presentation can engage students and encourage them to participate actively in learning.

As a result, an investment in a professional educational PowerPoint presentation can pay off handsomely in terms of student success.

PowerPoint templates are must-haves for both inexperienced and veteran educators. One of the top reasons is that it saves hours of manual work and struggles.

For instance, if you’ve picked a premium customizable education PPT template, it only requires a couple of minutes to edit and craft your presentation layout. It means you can develop professional PPT presentation infographics within half an hour.

There are countless templates that educators can use for a wide variety of subjects, including maths, science, humanities studies like literature and history, and many more.

It allows your children to have a hands-on, experiment-based curriculum where they can visualize key concepts while paying attention to multimedia elements tools provided by PowerPoint templates along the way.

Now, let’s walk through the top tips to present an impactful educational PPT presentation that will comprehensively drive knowledge to your potential audience.

  • Arrange your presentation objective in a way that attracts your audience and familiarizes the area of discussion in seconds. You can use animated PPT templates or other visual aids to make it attractive and appealing.
  • Try to insert at least one brief one-liner highlighting the relevance and benefits of learning that particular topic.
  • Include self-image or videos to personalize your presentation content.
  • Add animations and slide transitions to explain the key learning steps.
  • Include charts, maps, infographics , images, and graphs that illustrate your topic at hand. A well-organized chart could be vital to driving your point home. Regarding corporate PowerPoint presentations , adding Gantt Charts and other business-related details is better.
  • Avoid having several ideas on one single slide. It may overwhelm your viewers.
  • Leave a little more white space around each element in your PPT slide.
  • No need to add every sentence you intend to speak on your PowerPoint slide. Instead, add sharp points that are easily read and comprehended. Then, explain it.
It is not surprising that technology has fundamentally changed education. In former times, the only way to learn about a topic was to hear a lecture from a professor in a classroom. Today, virtual presentations have become an essential tool for educators. There are many reasons why online presentations are so valuable in education. So, learn how to create virtual presentations that capture your audience’s attention .

Advantages of Purchasing Fully Editable PowerPoint Presentation Templates for Teaching

As we discussed above, PowerPoint templates are a great teaching tool for many reasons. They allow the presentation to maintain a uniform look and feel, which is key for understanding the message. Moreover, it can quickly add sense to your teaching.

It is the only wise choice to purchase a fully-editable premium PowerPoint presentation layout for teaching purposes. Then, you can professionally teach your audience the way you want to educate them.

Here are the top reasons why one should turn to fully editable premium education PPT infographics:

  • Fully editable PPT themes for education will let you overcome the stress of starting with a blank slate each time.
  • All premium education PowerPoint layouts are made with plenty of ideas and unique designs to effectively present your education or research topic.
  • When you have a fully editable PPT theme, you will easily add videos, images, and your brand logo.
  • You can edit and customize anything in the layout without losing quality in minutes. There is no need to have any design skills to edit and customize them.
  • These editable PowerPoint presentation templates will help you save hours of manual work and confusion.

Top Points to Keep in Mind While Preparing a PowerPoint for Teaching

Top Points to Keep in Mind While Preparing a PowerPoint for Teaching

Characteristics that your students like about education PowerPoint slides are:

  • Graphs, charts, and maps can increase the understanding of content.
  • Bulleted lists that let them focus on the top ideas.
  • Animations and slide transitions are the best visual aids.
  • Cliparts and creative layouts.
  • Present your ideas in short phrases rather than lengthy paragraphs.
  • Spoken words with images are better than pictures with text.
Note: Cliparts are the perfect choice to get your audience’s attention in seconds. It is helpful in education PowerPoint presentations for small children and students. However, try to avoid Cliparts if your presentation is for technical students or medical students.

Characteristics that your students don’t like about education PowerPoint slides are:

  • Too many ideas on a single slide.
  • Templates with too many colors.
  • Irrelevant images and WordArts decrease understanding and learning compared to presentation layouts with no picture or animation.

Find the Best Education PowerPoint Presentation Slides for Teaching

PowerPoint presentations have a great power to share your ideas comprehensively, especially for educational purposes. Therefore, picking the suitable PowerPoint presentation template that fits well will help you significantly convey your presentation.

Moreover, choosing the appropriate theme or design is the base part of the entire PPT presentation.

There may be several PPTs available in the free source, but always remember that they may not assure you the quality and features needed for a powerful PowerPoint template.

Therefore, it will be wise to pick a premium PPT template designed by professionals . Selecting an ideal template for creating an attention-grabbing educational presentation is crucial if you wish to make your presentation’s tone professional. Thus, say goodbye to typical, boring PowerPoint templates that ruin your presentation.

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You can find a selection of creative, unique PPT themes here at FlySlides , in addition to education PowerPoint templates or research presentation PPT slides. All our premium PowerPoint templates are fully customizable and come with unlimited download and update options.

Besides our PPT templates, we also have a tremendous selection of fully customizable Keynote presentation templates and Google Slides themes . So it’s up to you to select your preference. With FlySlides, you can quickly create your education presentations on PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides.

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Teaching with PowerPoint Presentations


PowerPoint presentations are used in many different fields due to their ability to organize and structure information, create a consistent format, and provide the audience with visuals. Educators often use this type of presentation in their classrooms in order to guide the class through a lecture. The effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations is often debated, but most agree that when created in the right way, these presentations have many benefits for students of all ages. The amount of information on each slide, the type of transition between slides, the color of the background, and the number of slides are all factors to consider when teaching with PowerPoint Presentations, and there are many resources out there that will help guide you when you begin creating your own presentation.

Nowadays, technology is being used in the classroom more often than not as a tool to aid educators in teaching their students course content. PowerPoint presentations are often utilized by educators during lectures, which is why there are many resources available online to provide them with the best strategies to create and present these presentations in their classes.

Lesson Plans

  • The 4 Best PowerPoint Lesson Plans for Middle School : Applied Educational Systems has put together four of the best lesson plan ideas to teach middle schoolers how to use PowerPoint. Each of the lesson plans (An Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, the Basics of Building a PowerPoint Presentation, More Features in Powerpoint, and the Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Presentations) includes a brief introduction and an activity for students to practice the skills that they have learned. By the end of these lessons, students will be able to create a new presentation, practice working with text and images, make their presentations interesting, and apply the principles of effective presentations to their own.
  • PowerPoint Lesson Plan for Elementary Students : Perkins provides a class project which requires students to create “All About Me” PowerPoints while learning how to add text, pictures, sound effects, videos, and other features to their presentations. Directions call for students to be split into groups to put together multiple slides that will eventually be combined for a whole class presentation. Topics for each slide include students’ names, families, pets, favorite foods, favorite colors, favorite subjects, etc. This lesson plan gives educators a fun way to have younger students learn how to create PowerPoint presentations for their own use or future educational purposes.
  • How Can I Use PowerPoint More Effectively? : In this article, David Forrest discusses strategies educators can utilize to make their PowerPoints more effective in the classroom. Forrest first recommends deciding on the role of your PowerPoint, which could be a lecture outline, note-taking aid (fill-in-the blank slides), visual aid, timed quizzes, or others. He also talks about the appearance of each slide because less is more in this situation, as the last thing any educator wants is for their students to become distracted from content by their presentation. Lastly, the author goes over how educators should prepare for technological failure or anything else going wrong during their PowerPoint presentation. This piece is a good one for educators to read before creating their own presentations!
  • PowerPoint in the Classroom : NCBI provides a few different articles on whether PowerPoints are necessary or pointless in the classroom. Ultimately, despite the fact that some of the authors of these articles see PowerPoint presentations as unnecessary, their points of view give insight on what not to do when creating your own presentation, such as adding too much information per slide. Taking all of the arguments given in the articles into consideration will help you decide the best way to begin using PowerPoint presentations in your classroom.
  • PowerPoint in Education : This brief article goes over the ways in which you can present your PowerPoint presentation most effectively in order to help students retain the most information. There are proper ways to use various technologies in the classroom, and in the case of PowerPoints, this author believes that the “intelligent use” of Powerpoint presentations is when the information presented is in the form of complicated graphs or figures and alphanumeric information. However, in cases where students are expected to retain certain information and concepts, traditional presentations would be best.

Informational Sites

  • NIU – Teaching with PowerPoint : NIU runs through the ways to design effective PowerPoint presentations and the best practices when using this online software. First, the author describes how educators should design their presentation, including how to prepare for the presentation, slide content, the number of slides, emphasis on content, clip art, and a final check of the PowerPoint. Next, the use of PowerPoint handouts and tips for the actual presentation itself are detailed. Lastly, NIU explains how to enhance teaching and learning with PowerPoint and suggests ways to engage students with the presentation.
  • Making Better PowerPoint Presentations : Vanderbilt University has put together a page on Baddeley and Hitch’s model of working memory (which relates to how students retain information received through different sensory domains), student preferences for PowerPoint (characteristics they like or don’t like and when students learn more), and resources for making better PowerPoint presentations.
  • UW – Teaching with Powerpoint : UW provides educators with information on when and how to use a PowerPoint, which ultimately depends upon each individual’s teaching style, and the options for using PowerPoints (illustrated lectures, instructions, paper proposals, discussion prompts, test or quiz answers, grammar exercises, and student projects). At the end of the piece, a few additional resources, including a video, online tutorial, and essay, are given to help educators learn how to teach with PowerPoints in the best way.

PowerPoint presentations have many different purposes, but in the classroom, their main purpose is to help direct the lesson or lecture, while also giving students the opportunity to follow along and better understand the material. Presentations can also be a great resource for students to study off of before an assessment or use as a note-taking aid during class. Overall, the resources provided above will be useful when you are putting together PowerPoint presentations for your curriculum material. Take all of these tops into consideration, but remember to make it your own!

Additional Resources

  • The Impact of Using PowerPoint Presentations on Students’ Learning and Motivation in Secondary Schools : ScienceDirect published an informational article on the impact of using PowerPoint presentations on students’ learning and motivation in secondary schools. In this article, the results of a study which investigated the effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations in teaching English and whether students prefer this learning process over traditional teaching styles are provided. The results support the notion that PowerPoint presentations can be used as an effective tool in the classroom. Taking a look at this piece may cause you to consider using these presentations in your classroom!

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As a teacher, PowerPoint can be a valuable tool for creating engaging presentations that help students understand complex information. To use PowerPoint effectively, here are some tips:

1. Before creating your presentation, plan out the key points you want to cover and organize your content in a logical manner. Define your learning objectives and consider your students’ needs and backgrounds.

2.Keep your slides simple and avoid excess text. Use bullet points or key phrases instead of lengthy sentences. Remember, your slides should support your teaching and not replace your verbal explanations.

3.Incorporate relevant visuals such as images, charts, graphs, and diagrams to enhance understanding and engagement. Visuals can help illustrate complex concepts, make information more memorable, and cater to different learning styles.


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Maintain consistency: Use a consistent design throughout your presentation. Choose a clean and professional template and stick to a limited color palette and font selection. Consistency creates a cohesive visual experience for your students.

Use animations and transitions sparingly: While animations and transitions can add visual interest, too many or excessive effects can be distracting. Use them judiciously to emphasize key points or to reveal information gradually.

Practice good slide structure: Divide your content into sections or topics and use clear headings. Number your slides or include a progress indicator to help students track their progress during the presentation.

Engage your audience: Incorporate interactive elements such as quizzes, polls, or discussion questions into your slides. This helps to promote active participation and ensures students remain attentive and engaged.

Provide clear navigation: Use hyperlinks or navigation buttons to enable easy movement between slides or sections. This allows you to adapt to the flow of the class, respond to questions, or revisit previous content as needed.

Incorporate multimedia: PowerPoint supports audio and video files, so consider including relevant multimedia content to enhance understanding. For example, you can embed videos, audio clips, or simulations that demonstrate concepts or provide real-life examples.

Practice and time your presentation: Rehearse your presentation beforehand to ensure a smooth flow and familiarize yourself with the content. Pay attention to your pace and timing to ensure you cover all the material within the allocated time.

Remember, PowerPoint should complement your teaching, not replace it. Use it as a tool to enhance your lessons and engage your students effectively.

40+ Best Educational PPT (PowerPoint) Templates for Teachers

PowerPoint presentations are an important part of education. Any lecture can be made more entertaining and easily understandable by using an effective educational PowerPoint slideshow.

Having a set of brilliantly designed slides also helps deliver your key points more effectively. This is where we want to help. In this post, we’re sharing a collection of the best educational PowerPoint templates teachers can use to create attractive presentations for educational purposes.

Whether you’re making a slideshow for a group of children or preparing a lecture for a college course, you’ll find many different templates to choose from on our list. Let’s have a look.

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Education PowerPoint Template for Teachers

Education Powerpoint Template for Teachers

This PowerPoint template has a flexible and versatile design to help you make presentations to educate your students on various topics. And it works perfectly for online lessons too.

There are more than 30 unique slide designs included in this template. You also get master slides and free fonts with it. Editing the slides to change text, colors, and images is also quite effortless.

Why This Is A Top Pick

The attractive color theme and the beautiful illustrations used throughout this slideshow give it a very engaging look and feel. That will help deliver lessons more effectively to your students.

EDUWAN – Online Lessons Presentation PPT

EDUWAN - Online Lessons Presentation PPT

Eduwan is a modern PowerPoint template that comes with a stylish slide design. This template is designed with online classes in mind and it has 30 useful slide layouts you can use to create educational presentations. The template is also available in Keynote and Google Slides formats.

SCIENCE LESSON – Education PowerPoint Template

SCIENCE LESSON - Education Powerpoint Template

The colorful and creative design of this template will make your educational presentations look much more entertaining. This template includes the perfect set of slides for making slideshows for engaging science lessons. There are 30 slides in this template.

Kidia – PowerPoint Education Presentation Template

Kidia - PowerPoint Education Presentation Template

Kidia is a fun and adorable PowerPoint template for creating many different types of educational slideshows for younger students. The template comes with 30 slides featuring editable graphics, free fonts, image placeholders, and much more.

General Lesson Plan PowerPoint Template

General Lesson Plan PowerPoint Template

This PowerPoint template features a multipurpose slide design for making all kinds of presentations for school lessons. It gives you 25 unique slides in 10 pre-made color schemes. There are editable infographics charts, tables, graphs, and lots of characters included as well.

Anatomy – Free Educational Lesson for PowerPoint

Anatomy - Free Educational Lesson for PowerPoint

This free PowerPoint template is ideal for creating various science and health lessons related to human anatomy. It includes 35 unique slides with easily editable layouts, icon packs, infographics, and more.

Online Courses PowerPoint Presentation Template

Online Courses PowerPoint Presentation Template

If you’re working on a presentation for an online course or a lesson, this template will come in handy. It will allow you to design engaging slideshows for various online classes. There are more than 50 unique slides included in this template.

Bangers – Kids Education PowerPoint Template

Bangers - Kids Education Powerpoint Template

Bangers is a colorful and creative PowerPoint template that includes 30 different slides. These slides come in 5 color schemes as well. You can use it to create presentations showcasing your lesson plans, subject overviews, and more.

Toga – Math Lesson PowerPoint Template

Toga - Math Lesson Powerpoint Template

A beautiful PowerPoint template for making attention-grabbing math lessons. This slideshow is designed with math teachers in mind and it comes with 30 vibrant slides full of abstract shapes and image placeholders. It’s available in 3 color schemes as well.

Free English Grammar Lesson PowerPoint Template

Free English Grammar Rules PowerPoint Template

You can download this PowerPoint template for free to create fun and entertaining lessons for your English class. It has 41 unique slides that are available in 5 different colors. You can also edit them to customize the design to your preference.

Edumode – Education PowerPoint Template

Edumode - Education Powerpoint Template

Edumode is a professional PowerPoint template featuring a set of slides made for creating educational presentations for schools, colleges, and academies. The template comes with more than 40 unique slide designs along with editable vector graphics, maps, icon packs, and more.

Academia Education PowerPoint Template

Academia Education Powerpoint Template

Academia is a PowerPoint template designed for universities and colleges, especially for promoting special programs and showcasing the establishment. The template features 30 unique slide designs that come filled with animations, editable vectors, master slide layouts, and more.

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Tutho – Education & Courses PowerPoint Template

Tutho - Education & Courses Powerpoint Template

Another modern educational PowerPoint template featuring a beautiful color scheme and attractive slides. The template includes 30 unique slide layouts you can easily edit to change colors, shapes, and text. It also has specific slide designs for creating portfolios, team management, and showcasing products as well.

Ceremony – Education PowerPointPresentation

Ceremony - Education PowerPointPresentation

Ceremony is a multipurpose PowerPoint template designed for making all kinds of education-related presentations. It’s most suitable for colleges, schools, and universities for showcasing their especial programs. The template comes with 90 unique slide layouts in 10 different color schemes.

Chalk – Education PowerPoint Template

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Here we have Chalk, a set of beautifully designed custom slides that allows you ample space to accommodate heavy text without compromising on the readability. It’s available in PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Keynote formats!

Edukids – Kindergarden Educational PowerPoint Template

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If you are a teacher wanting to get your students interested in the subject, Edukids might be what you need. It’s a kid-friendly presentation that will get the little ones all excited about what’s coming on the next slide.

Golearn – Education PowerPoint Template

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An ideal choice for the new generation of educators, Golearn is a modern, and stylish presentation format that will take your teaching methodologies to a whole new level. It features 30 unique slides, a range of premade color schemes, and editable elements.

Free Case Study PowerPoint Template

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The case study method is a tried and tested teaching technique. It encourages higher-order thinking and develops problem-solving skills in students. This case study PowerPoint template is a great option that you might want to include in your teaching toolkit and is available for free.

Free Infographic PowerPoint Template

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Check out this infographic PowerPoint presentation template helping you present the information in a statistical manner. This ppt will instantly draw your students’ attention, and keep it intact till the class ends.

Education – Modern PowerPoint Template

Education - Modern Powerpoint Template

This is another multipurpose PowerPoint presentation template that comes with a total of 150 slide designs featuring slides in 5 different color schemes. It also includes creative illustrations, editable graphics, image placeholders, and much more.

E-Learning Presentation – Free Powerpoint Template

E-Learning Presentation - Free Powerpoint Template

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Today we have prepared for you 25 free education PowerPoint templates for your online lessons, lectures, thesis, and educational purposes. Some of them are suitable for multiple purposes, others are specifically designed for more niche topics, so we made sure there is something for everyone.

As usual, some of the websites that offer these free resources may require free registration. All templates are editable and compatible with PowerPoint and Google Slides .

1. Free Online Lessons PowerPoint Presentation Template

Free Online Lessons powerpoint template

Here we have 20 free online education slides  by GraphicMama. With online lessons and homeschool presentations in mind, the educational slides have 2 color schemes. In addition, they feature multipurpose slides, infographics, quotes, practice, and others.

2. Free Meet Our Professors PowerPoint Template

Meet Our Professors free education powerpoint template

What better way for teachers to break the ice at the beginning of a new class than by introducing themselves? This free template with a dark background and colorful shapes is ideal for the purpose. It has 34 different slides , is 100% editable, and includes 500 additional icons for further customizing your presentation.

3. Free Writing History Thesis PowerPoint Template

Writing History Thesis free education powerpoint template

You might need to write a history thesis or prepare a history lesson for your classes. This template with 29 free editable slides has a beige background, doodle illustrations, and a suitable design.

4. Free Generation of ’27 Literature PPT Template

Generation of '27 free education powerpoint template

Generation ’27 is the name of a group of avant-garde poets and artists. They began to publish their works in the 1920s. 25 different slides for explaining Spanish literature to your student.

5. Free Kids Alphabet Blocks PowerPoint Template

Kids Alphabet Blocks free education powerpoint template

With a fun LEGO-inspired design and vivid colors, the template is ideal for teaching lessons to younger students. It includes 48 editable slides and it’s available for free for schools and companies.

6. Free Steam Education PowerPoint Template

Steam Education free education powerpoint template

The design for this template is entirely based on the concept of steam education. It contains 48 free slides easy to modify.

7. Free Global Education Solution Template

Global Education Solution free education powerpoint template

A free global education solution presentation template with a suitable design of bulbs, earth, and cities. It contains 48 editable slides .

8. Free Dandelion Thesis PowerPoint Template

Dandelion Thesis free education powerpoint template

This free template was designed for students who need to defend their thesis before getting their PhD. It’s a good addition to the speech and features 24 editable slides to accompany your presentation.

9. Free Black Death Epidemic Thesis PowerPoint Template

Black Death Epidemic Thesis free education powerpoint template

A little bit niche, this design is dedicated to the 14th century Black Death and it’s ideal for the topic if you’re working on a thesis about the historical event. It has 23 free editable slides .

10. Free Lecture On Music PowerPoint Template

A Lecture on Music free education powerpoint template

On a more positive note, the next free template has a design all about music. You can use it to prepare a lecture on music history, instruments, and everything about music in general.

11. Reading is Magical – Free PowerPoint Template

Reading is Magical free education powerpoint template

Kids discover the magic of reading. This free presentation design is ideal for teaching the younger audiences the importance of literature and make them fall in love with reading. It features 25 editable slides .

12. Free History of Architecture PowerPoint Template

Historical Architecture free education powerpoint template

Another niche topic for presentation. This free education template is designed to convey a historical feeling for every historical architecture lesson. It has 25 slides , easy to modify.

13. Free Geography PowerPoint Template

Vintage Geography free education powerpoint template

This free vintage geography PowerPoint template with old map background has 25 different slides and aims to assist presentations on every geography, history, travel, or politics lesson.

14. Free E-Learning PowerPoint Template

E-Learning free education powerpoint template

More for e-learning and online lessons. Here we have a free PowerPoint template that describes training with control over mobile. It features 48 slides , easy to customize and adapt to your presentation.

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15. Chalk Free Education PowerPoint Template

Chalk free education powerpoint template

A free educational template with a child reading a book and lovely chalk illustrations. This is a design that can express education through reading. 48 slides , ideal for literature lessons and presentations.

16. Free ABC Alphabet Blocks PPT Template

ABC Alphabet Blocks free education powerpoint template

Here’s a free multipurpose PowerPoint design with alphabet blocks. Suitable for all kinds of educational presentations, the free template has 48 customizable slides with a color theme and 135 icons.

17. Free Science Education Center PowerPoint Template

Science Education Center free education powerpoint template

It’s always a good day for science! This free presentation theme is based on a learning center structure. The background is blue, and it is conspicuous for the textures in the corners. It has 23 editable slides .

18. Free Handa Notebook Thesis Presentation

Handa Notebook Thesis free education powerpoint template

A free multipurpose thesis presentation design with a lovely notebook style. It has 34 slides with all you need to present your data and make it stand out, despite the casual design.

19. Free Building Siblings Relationships Educational Template

Building Siblings Relationship free education powerpoint templates

This free template has the topic of building siblings relationships in mind. It’s perfect for audiences from kindergarten, pre-school and elementary school.

20. Free Green Grass Open Book PowerPoint Template

Green grass open book free education powerpoint template

A free Multipurpose template that suits lessons and presentations related to ecology, nature, agriculture, and environment. It has 48 editable slides and a color theme.

Presentation Design Tip:

The shorter you keep the text, the better. In fact, some specialists suggest that you shouldn’t use more than 5-6 words per slide . And sometimes, a single word combined with a powerful visual is enough to nail the attention of the students sitting in front of you and make them listen to what you have to say.

21. Free Online Library PowerPoint Template

Online Library free education powerpoint template

The library concept gives the opportunity to fit any topic and adapt to any lesson. With 48 free editable slides , this template will suit school classes, business and commercial purposes.

22. Free Graduation PowerPoint Template

Graduation free education powerpoint template

If you’re in need to prepare your students for graduation and educate them on the career paths that await after, this free template with 48 slides and infographics will suit the purpose.

23. Free Alphabet Blocks PowerPoint Presentation

Alphabet Blocks free education powerpoint template

A free educational presentation design of books being stacked up with alphabet block to top it off. It also consists of a light blue and orange color scheme. It includes 33 fully-editable slides and high-quality vector graphics.

24. Free Back to School PowerPoint Template

Back to School free education powerpoint template

A classic even old-fashioned on purpose design that instantly grabs the attention. It has 36 free slides and infographics for educational purposes.

25. Free Desk Presentation Template

desk presentation free education powerpoint template

And last, we have this free hand-drawn template with a beautiful color scheme with 23 slides and a pinch of creativity that will suit multiple presentations.

And these were today’s 25 free educational templates for PowerPoint and Google Slides. Based on multipurpose or niche topics, the collection has something for everybody, so grab your favorites and create your awesome presentations.

In the meantime, if you’re in search of more resources for online classes, we have also prepared 60 colorful slides for that.

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We hope you enjoyed the hand-picked educational templates and found something that will adapt to your project perfectly.

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Department of Education

2024 honors theses presentations.

Three Education Studies concentrators were awarded Honors after completing a senior thesis and presenting their work to faculty, peers, family, and other members of the campus community in a conference-style event hosted by the Department of Education.

L-R: Graduating seniors and Honors awardees Jada Wooten, Serena Levin, and Sophie Forstner.

Congratulations to graduating seniors Jada Wooten ,  Serena Levin , and Sophie Forstner on successfully meeting the requirements for Honors in the Education Studies concentration! Learn more about their research below, and learn more about the department's criteria for graduating with honors  here .

Jada Wooten, "The Pedagogy, Practices, and Problems of Inclusive Arts Education in Out-of-School Settings" (Advisor: Andrea Flores)

My senior thesis explores the question: how do educators in precariously-funded out-of-school spaces design inclusive arts education for their public, which includes those with marginalized identities? To answer this question, I collected ethnographic data, including fieldnotes from participant observation and semi-structured interviews. I also draw from two frameworks in educational literature: inclusive arts pedagogies and the structural inequalities of educational spaces. My primary and secondary research has led to findings on the pedagogy, practices, and problems with inclusive arts education in out-of-school spaces. Firstly, by painting ethnographic portraits of an apprentice, seasoned, and master teaching artist, I reveal that, pedagogically, radical love is central to arts education that centers equity, participants’ needs, flexibility, and connections. Secondly, by considering a participant’s declaration that “Art is LIFE,” in light of ethnographic data and the literature, I point to how pedagogical practices centered in radical love foster expression, which is key to the definition of the arts; develop storytelling for healing and change; create opportunities for societal, physical, and emotional healing; build connections within and across communities; and advance social change in the field of education and beyond. Thirdly, I articulate participants’ experiences with non-profit jobs, grant funding, advocacy, community partnerships, and organizational structures to highlight the problems that impede access to the above practices and benefits of arts education. I conclude by considering the implications of the pedagogy, practice, and problems of arts organizations in the field of arts education learning, research, policy and advocacy, and community building.

Serena Levin, "The Privilege of the PTA: Middle-Class Latinx Parents' Perspectives on Parental Involvement Post-Uvalde" (Advisor: David Rangel)

The present study answers the following questions: post-COVID and in an era of mass shootings, how do middle-class Latinx parents understand the role of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) within their middle-class Latinx schools, and how does that understanding impact their school-based involvement? The present research illuminates parents’ perceptions of the parent-teacher organization, the perceived benefits associated with participation, and the perceived accessibility of these groups in a post-COVID and post-Uvalde era of schooling. Utilizing 19 semi-structured interviews with middle-class Latinx parents in San Antonio, Texas, this study finds that the role of the PTA has expanded beyond typical PTA responsibilities in a post-Uvalde and pandemic context. According to participants, the PTA had jurisdiction over and privileged attendance to non-PTA events. PTA parents received privileged access to schools, capped events, and sign-up sheets, putting non-PTA members at a disadvantage. Parents had to be involved in the PTA to access their child's school. However, parents' racialized perceptions of the organization made the PTA feel inaccessible, associating the organization with white parenting practices, even when their socioeconomic class provided them with access to these groups. Therefore, the parents in this study who opted not to be involved in the PTA could not access the benefits of PTA involvement for their children. Thus, despite many parents’ desire to be involved in their children’s school, the perceived jurisdiction and inaccessibility of the PTA, a partial product of school safety measures, has made involvement less accessible for nonmember parents. The information from this study provides valuable insights into how schools should address perceived power structures and inequalities that school safety measures have exacerbated. 

Sophie Forstner, "Excellence in Brown Athletics: Revised" (Advisor: Lindsay Page)

In 2020, Brown University transitioned several sports teams from varsity to club status in the “Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative.” The initiative stripped the teams of their ability to recruit and provide preferential admissions for their athletes. The stated goal of these cuts was to increase competitiveness of Brown sports while keeping levels of diversity in athletics the same. This study compares the demographics of Brown  student athletes’ high schools, with and without the cut sports, to show the limited effects of the initiative on socioeconomic and racial diversity among Brown’s varsity athletes. By comparing the demographics of each team, I determine how Brown could have cut the same number of athletes while creating a greater, but not momentous shift in diversity. Next, I looked at how student and alumni opinions may have influenced Brown’s decision. The findings of this study suggest that transformative change in diversifying college admissions will not be driven by cutting select groups of varsity sports but rather by reforming the athletic recruitment process and the youth sports pipeline.

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Photo by Douglass Huxley Williamstown Middle/High School students Skylar Hart and Rylee Cunningham were recognized during Monday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting for their completion of i-Ready math and/or reading.

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education held numerous presentations and recognitions Monday night during its regular meeting including students who completed i-Ready math and/or reading, those who won first place at the 2024 State Social Studies Fair, the Williamstown Middle/High School girls basketball team for placing as runners up at the state tournament, students who completed the ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) course and the Boys & Girls Club Student of the Year.

A full list and pictures of those recognized can be found in the online version of this story.

VanDevender Middle School student Andrew Sallizzoni was awarded the Ami-John Crawford/J.J. and Harriet C. West Prize by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. This is awarded to the best all-around student of any Parkersburg middle or high school, as selected by the board.

“His leadership roles have included various positions in the student government during his time at VanDevender Middle School. This year he was elected to be the student body president.” PACF Senior Program Director Amy Nahley said. “Andrew has spent countless hours volunteering to improve the school grounds and for school sponsored programs and events. He is on the VanDevender Middle School basketball team, has maintained an A average throughout middle school and is supportive and encouraging to his peers.”

Sara Smith, an English teacher at Parkersburg South High School, was named the 2024 recipient of the Laura Tracy Baisden Award for Exemplary Teaching of Writing.

Issabella Giffen, a Parkersburg High School freshman, was named the Boys and Girls Club Student of the Year.

Giffen said the club helped her family after a flood in 2018.

She said she is a part of a program that helps women entrepreneurs succeed and that what makes America what it is is that it is a melting pot of different cultures.

“I hope that by learning from all the different cultures in this world, I can help make the world a better place,” Giffen said.

After receiving their recognition for placing as runners up at the state tournament, Williamstown Middle High School head basketball coach Fred Sauro said it’s not so much about the final destination but the journey it takes to get there.

“The maturity of this team is really something, how they solve problems, how they became a better team and feeding off of each other and learning by cooperation,” Sauro said.

Technology Integration Specialist Jimmy Stewart and Eric Murphy provided an overview of the district’s bond projects and updates currently available on their website. They also showcased new features on the bond projects page, such as aerial site plans. These can be viewed at www.woodcountyschoolswv.com/page/facilities-bond.

They also talked about a new platform called “Rooms.” They said Rooms will be integrated into the district’s existing mobile app, will be the primary mode of communication and will allow easy access for parents, students, teachers and coaches. They said it will bring everything together in one centralized place, simplifying the education experience and allow parents to easily stay up-to-date on their children’s classes, activities and assignments.

They said the platform provides unique security features like individual access codes to ensure only approved guardians can view a student’s information. Translation services allow communication in over seven languages. Teachers and coaches will receive training over the summer and during the new school year on utilizing Rooms. Expectations around response times will also be set to manage the new messaging capabilities. Positive behavior tracking and real-time points systems are additional features to encourage student success.

Inappropriate messages can be flagged for review. A full rollout is planned for January 2025 after a soft launch and parent education period.

Douglass Huxley can be reached at [email protected]

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AERA 2024: Photo gallery

Berkeley school of education's students, faculty, and staff had a strong showing and terrific experience at the annual meeting of the american educational research association (aera). enjoy these photos from the event april 11-14, 2024, in philadelphia., awards & honors.

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(left, top) Distinguished Professor Kris D. Gutiérrez (center) accepting AERA's Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award .

(left, bottom)  Professor Zeus Leonardo (right) accepting the Senior Scholar Award from AERA's Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Education SIG 27.

(right, top) Associate Professor Travis J. Bristol (center) accepting AERA's Early Career Award .

(right, bottom) Assistant Professor Jose Eos Trinidad with other members of AERA's Organizational Theory SIG 73. Trinidad, who was elected the SIG's program chair, presented research titled “Organizational Design and Strategic Patchwork: Creating Social Networks for Educational Equity in the Global South.”


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(left, top) Doctoral student Ashley Zhou presenting research titled, “Situating Affect in Cultural Historical Context: Implications for Inquiries Into Power” Zhou also co-chaired the session, “Grounded in Justice and Joy: Critical Empirical and Conceptual Explorations of Affect.”

(left, bottom) Doctoral students Meg Escudé and Aukeem Ballard presenting their research, “They, Too, Deserve Justice and Joy: Learning Through Affective Economies in Justice-Centered Classrooms.”  

(right, top) Associate Professor Tolani Britton presenting research titled, “The Keys to Endurance: An Investigation of the Institutional Factors Relating to the Persistence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”  

(right, bottom) Distinguished Professor Glynda Hull speaking at the Presidential Session titled "Scholarship That Befits a Democracy: Disrupting Educational Inequality Through the Scholarship of Mike Rose."

Joy + Smiles

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(left, top) Cheers! Another successful AERA Annual Meeting. At the Closing Ceremony with (l to r) AERA Executive Director Felice Levine; AERA President Tyrone Johnson; and incoming AERA President and BSE Professor Janelle T. Scott.

(left, middle and bottom) A warm and lively celebration at BSE's reception, held at Cuba Libre restaurant.

(right, top) (l to r) Professor Glynda Hull with doctoral students Meg Everett; Pa Vue; and Isaac Felix. Hull chaired the session titled “Transformative Digital Spaces: Disrupting Traditional Notions of Learning and Reimagining Educational Possibilities Through Social Media.” Everett presented research titled “Centering Student Experiences With TikTok in a Critical Media Literacy Course;” Vue presented research titled “Participatory Learning and Endangered Language Reclamation on Instagram;” and Felix presented research titled “Transfronterizxs Amidst COVID-19: Social Media Ethnography as an Innovative Method to Study Border-Crossing Literacy Practices.”

(right, middle) UC Berkeley Associate Athletics Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Justice Ty-ron Douglas (left) captures this selfie with BSE Associate Professor Travis J. Bristol, and the Berkeley undergraduates who attended AERA with Bristol with funding support from UC Links. Go Bears!

(right, bottom)  (l to r) University of Toronto Associate Professor and BSE Visiting Scholar Lance McCready; BSE doctoral student Aukeem Ballard; and CSU Channel Islands Assistant Professor and BSE alum Tadashi Dozono PhD ’16. McCready’s presented research titled  “Black Queer Male Students and Educational Desire in Community Programs;”  Ballard presented research titled  “They, Too, Love: Black Boyhood Love-Work as Liberatory Learning and Praxis in Schools;”  and Dozono chaired the session titled  “Black Boys Dream of Love and Justice.”

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(left, top) Professor Gina Garcia speaking at the Presidential Session titled “Toward the Fulfillment of Full Personhood: The Persistent Invisibility of Latinx Communities Across Institutions and Educational Scholarship 3.0.” Garcia presented research titled “Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions to Expand Educational Opportunities Toward Full Personhood 3.0.” Distinguished Professor Kris D. Gutiérrez (far right) chaired the session.

(left, bottom) Assistant Dean for Leadership Programs Rebecca Cheung (at podium) speaking as a discussant in the session, “Transforming Educational Leadership: Righting Wrongs of Race and Difference.”  Seated at the table are 21CSLA State Center Research Director Aki Murata; Professor Jabari Mahiri; and 21CSLA State Center UTK Leadership Certificate Coordinator Christopher Thomas. Murata co-chaired the session; Mahiri presented research titled, “Preparing School Leaders for Hard Conversations to Dismantle Educational Injustices;” and Thomas presented research titled “Inquire, Critique, Transform, Reflect: Reimagining P-3 Leadership in California.”

(right, top) UC Berkeley undergraduate Wesley Veiga (with laptop) facilitates a discussion with UC Links Associate Director John Cano (next to Viega, wearing green shirt) in the session “University-Community Engagement as a Strategy for Dismantling Racial Injustice and Co-Constructing Educational Possibilities.”  

(right, bottom) Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School Geoffrey Saxe presenting research titled, “Complexities of Participation in Cultural Practices as Essential and Normative.” Saxe spoke at the Presidential Session titled “Dismantling Racial Injustice: Contributions of the Science of Learning and Development.”

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Join us for a dynamic one-day, in-person event featuring student presentations, a keynote speaker, and a student social gathering. Research Day offers students a platform for multidisciplinary dialogue and an opportunity to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and build professional connections.

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Presenter: antonia soldovier, about this session.

Given the changing landscape of education as well as our collective, evolving understanding of the neurodiversity inherent to it, understanding educators’ experiences and feelings of preparedness in teaching to diverse classrooms is needed. Educators play a critical role in creating classrooms where diverse (neurodivergent) learners feel welcome and can meaningfully access instruction; conditions which hinge upon teachers’ own knowledge and attitudes about neurodiversity. The proposed study will explore elementary school educators’ training experiences as they relate to neurodiversity in the general education classroom, as well as their day-to-day inclusive teaching practices. How educators were trained to address learning differences, their understanding of neurodiversity in the classroom, and perceptions of their role in promoting inclusion will be explored. Interview data will be coded using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to construct a rich account of educators’ neurodiversity-affirming teaching practices, as well as the meanings they associate with neurodiversity and their role in supporting its’ inclusion. Possible implications for educator training and pathways towards inclusion will be emphasized in the final work.

The presentation on Research Day will focus on presenting the issue of neurodiversity in elementary school education, highlight gaps in literature and understanding, and generate a discussion about how we conceptualize learning differences as educators, psychologists, and school-based professionals, as well as in our own lives.

10:30 am-11:00 am Navigating Education System and Related Services: Experiences of Newcomer Parents of Children with Special Needs

Presenter: Fatemeh Arian Nejad

This study is prompted by the need for newcomer parents with special needs children to have a platform for sharing their experiences and needs with others going through the same process of navigating the school system and service providers at schools and the healthcare system. Having a clearer understanding of the parents' perceptions of these experiences, challenges and beliefs can assist service providers, policymakers and professionals in reconsidering policies and procedures that are more culturally competent. The healthcare system may be particularly challenging for new immigrants to comprehend and use and they might also encounter cultural difficulties or disagreements with mainstream healthcare professionals (Baker et al., 2010). Newcomer families' concerns impact their access to and use of services, as well as their experiences (Rhoades et al., 2004).

Employing narrative inquiry methodology in-depth interviews of two newcomer parents who have a child with special needs (aged between 4 to 9) in Vancouver, were conducted to look into how involved these parents are in their child’s education plan and their role, how connected they are to the service providers and their experiences of accessing services, support, information, and resources. The phenomenon of investigation is to look deeply into newcomer parents’ experiences through their stories which is the focus of the research question. Their experiences will be explored through analysis of their narratives to understand their challenges and where they stand concerning the new educational system.

Presenter: Shirina Aktar

In the field of early childhood education, understanding communication practices between early childhood educators (ECEs) and parents is paramount, particularly in culturally diverse contexts (Ponciano & Shabazian, 2012; Tobin, 2020). Research indicates challenges in balancing pedagogical beliefs with cultural responsiveness among ECEs. Furthermore, parents often struggle to voice their concerns in ECE settings, especially those from immigrant backgrounds (Lastikka & Lipponen, 2016). With increasing cultural diversity in most large cities, effective communication between ECEs and parents is crucial for children's education. Shirina's proposed study aims to investigate intercultural communication between immigrant ECEs and families in Vancouver and Toronto focusing on challenges and opportunities. Drawing on qualitative methods such as unstructured interviews and storytelling (Mukherji & Albon, 2018), data will be analyzed thematically based on the UNESCO framework of intercultural competencies (UNESCO, 2013). The study seeks to explore how ECEs from immigrant backgrounds communicate in multicultural settings, identify barriers to effective communication, and propose implications for practice. Through purposive sampling and following ethical guidelines of research, trustworthiness and validity will be ensured.

By shedding light on this under-explored area, the study intends to contribute to the development of intercultural communicative competencies among ECEs, ultimately fostering inclusive teaching-learning environments in diverse settings of early childhood education.

Presenter: Jaylene Murray

The strengths-based approach is a multidisciplinary framework that builds upon people’s strengths to set and reach goals, learn skills, and experience personal success. It has been shown that focusing on strengths promotes strong relationships and increases engagement. In early childhood education, the strengths-based approach serves to promote inclusion and equity. Our research programme is currently co-creating an evidence-informed and interactive learning module to increase awareness of the strengths-based approach and its importance in the early years. Central to the module will be a case study or story approach to learning. We are currently in the development phase with the goal of piloting in the Fall of 2024.

The presentation will introduce the strengths-based approach in the context of early childhood education, and share the process of creating an interactive online module. There will be focus on various aspects of knowledge translation. Some of these considerations will be accessibility features, relevance of information to the learner, and interactive content to increase engagement. We plan to create the module with options for user feedback and adjustable templates to create strengths-based modules for other disciplines. Overall, the module aims to prioritize the learner in disseminating evidence-based information.

1:30 pm-2:00 pm Using Arts-based Projects in Studies on Emotions in Young Children and Their Parents

Presenter: Xi (Sisilia) Chen

Art offers an evidence-based solution for supporting family lives as well as the education systems. Parents and children may take the experience of emotional well-being through art-based projects on their own. Consequently, with parent-child interactions involving art-based projects, child emotions should have seen positive impacts on self-confidence, mental health, and social ability. In this presentation the use of arts-based project in research with young children and their parents will be explored. A brief review of the literature on research on ways to support emotions and relationships between parents and their young children will be highlighted. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of ways in which arts-based approaches might be used in research with young children and their parents.

2:00 pm-2:30 pm Journeying Through Stories: Immigrant Children’s Identity Construction and Negotiation via Children’s Books

Presenter: Yilin Song

The power of children's literature in shaping the identity and understanding of immigrant children has never been more profound. Multicultural children's literature has been recognized for its potential to reflect diverse experiences and foster inclusivity among young readers. However, gaps persist in understanding how immigrant children interact with and interpret these literary works, particularly in the context of their identity construction. This research seeks to address the gap in understanding by exploring how Chinese immigrant children in preschool settings within Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, negotiate their identities through engagement with multicultural children's literature. The primary aim of the research is to investigate the interplay between multicultural children's literature and the identity negotiation of Chinese immigrant children in preschool settings.

To achieve this aim, the research will employ a qualitative approach, utilizing discourse analysis to analyze data collected from observations, interviews with children, and children’s books. This research underscores the importance of recognizing and valuing children as active agents in their identity construction process. It highlights the potential of multicultural children's literature to facilitate meaningful conversations about identity, diversity, and inclusion in early childhood education. Moreover, this study holds implications for educators, parents, and stakeholders involved in producing and utilizing children's literature, emphasizing the need for authentic and diverse representations that resonate with the experiences of immigrant children. Ultimately, this research contributes to fostering a more inclusive and empathetic society by nurturing a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between literature and identity in young children.

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  The NDIA Systems Engineering Division in collaboration with the NDIA Test & Evaluation Division and the NDIA Integrated Program Management Division presents the  27th Annual Systems and Mission Engineering Conference, bringing together defense community members from industry, government, and academia to highlight ways for improving defense acquisition and system performance; and provide an interactive forum for Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Chief Scientists, Specialty Engineers and Managers. The Conference will be held at the Hilton Norfolk-The Main in Norfolk, Virginia on 28-31 October 2024.   

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