Productivity Suite

Q2 Basics

11. Powerful Presentations


It is very important when creating a presentation that it is effective and dynamic. In this Quest you are going to learn the features and the attributes of a good presentation. 

Key Vocabulary

Consensus: Consensus is to come to agreement.

Dynamic: Dynamic is characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.

I Can Statements

  • collaborate online to create a presentation
  • understand the features and attributes of effective presentations

Continuing the Design Process - some tips

Presentations can be dull and boring, OR they can be dynamic!

Have you ever sat through a boring slideshow presentation?
Consider these suggestions from the article,
"9 Presentation Tips for Students" to avoid putting your audience to sleep! 

  • know your topic
  • use key phrases about your topic
  • avoid using too much text per slide
  • limit the number of slides
  • design and layout is important on a slide
  • avoid fancy fonts
  • use contrasting colors for text and background
  • try a slide design from the program
  • use animations and transitions sparingly

Extra tips

  • contain powerful visuals (pictures, images)
  • toss out most of the bullet points (three maximum)
  • edit your work carefully and remove unnecessary or repeated text 

With these tips in mind, remember to check these tips when your draft is done.

Completing this Quest 

When you have completed the Quest, review the I Can Statements. You are working on a project as a team, but you are still responsible for your slides. Make sure you uphold your part of the bargain! 

Now your group has to come to consensus whether to use Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint for the creation of your presentation. 

Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap

I'm ready to create a presentation using Google Slides QGS1

I'm ready to create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint QM1


Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

6. Creative Communicator
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences

7. Global Collaborator
b. With guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.