Some guidelines for the best and most appropriate uses of PowerPoint. Good practice suggests that PowerPoint is used to structure the session to encourage student learning and that the slides need to be a mixture of subject content and learning activities.
Making your PowerPoint slides available before the session improves student engagement and research shows that this does not generally affect attendance. Advance availability of PowerPoint slides should enable your students to prepare, provide a framework for notes, allow time for more interesting learning activities, and thus make the learning session more productive
By including a variety of media in a PowerPoint slide show, video, images, animations, diagrams, tables etc. a presentation can be made more engaging and assist with the needs of those with different learning styles. Links to web sites can be effective and easy to use.
Use carefully selected copyright free images to enhance meaning and web links to relevant sites. You could also link to WOLF and PebblePad to demonstrate useful learning tasks and materials therein.
PowerPoint is a presentational tool to structure a learning session, and not a place to house notes.
These tips are adapted from the best practice guide for the use of PowerPoint please download the document for a more complete overview.