This video presents the hilarious truths about how NOT to use PowerPoint...
And that is just it, Power Point presentations are becoming laughable. In businesses we see the projector out on a table during a meeting and it's like "oh here we go, the same old routine we already know". Power Point is often long-winded, text heavy and BORING.
There is a glimmer of hope! Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 has swooped in the save the day. What is Pecha Kucha you may ask? Pecha Kucha is a structured effective use of PowerPoint. essentially it is a presentation consisting of 20 slides and 20 seconds each slide, and little (preferably no) text. The format was originally seen in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for designers to share their thoughts and ideas in a public format. It was an architectural firm that hosted the very first Pecha Kucha event, and they invented the format because simply, people talk too much.
Now Pecha Kucha nights are hosted all over the world, and presentations are on any topic imaginable. To find more information check out this website http://www.pechakucha.org/ There are also dozens of presentations to watch. I find this format of presentation fun exciting and brief. It really lends itself well to the shrinking attention spans of students today.
The structure of the Pecha Kucha format tends to eliminate the "do nots" listed in the presentation above.
There are other ways to update the idea of digital presentations. Take a look This Web 2.0 Tool called Prezi http://prezi.com/. Here is a sample video of a presentation made using Prezi...
Prezi is dynamic and exciting. The transitions are beautiful and music and other enhancements can be added easily. It makes the presentation much more creative. Prezi can also me used on a variety of mediums, online, offline, even on portable devices.
PowerPoint isn't going anywhere, but the way that people use it needs to change. PowerPoint can be an effective tool as long as presenters take the time and follow some "rules".