Designing Presentations

How powerful is your Powerpoint? In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to create effective slideshow presentations, employing color, fonts, and images to support your message. By the end, you will have created your own slide template that is customized for your audience.

course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Learn how to assess slide template designs and free slide tools   Learn how to make every design element of a slide work for you
Consider the pros and cons of using slidedeck templates and different presentation tools.    Learn how choices in font, color, images, and pacing can affect the impact of your slides.
Learn how a “story spine” can structure your presentation   Design, build and share your own slide deck
Learn how to develop the narrative arc of your slides through this simple storytelling tool.   Create a presentation template customized for your audience and educational focus.
  • To Template or Not To Template?
  • Practice: Explore Templates
  • A is For Audience
  • Building an Introduction
  • What Fonts Communicate
  • What Images Communicate
  • What Colors Communicate
  • Practice: Color Palettes
  • And Now, We Present You: The Story Spine
  • What Transitions Communicate
  • Practice: Your Own Slide Deck Template
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Making Media for Classroom Use: Images, Graphics and Interactives micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more. 

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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