Project 4 Tips

As you prepare your slideshow, remember that there is good information in the text book to help you make sure your work is as good as possible.

  • Once you have a good draft of your slideshow, go to pp. 412, and work through the
    questions on organizing your presentation.
  • Use the checklist on pp. 356­-57 to check your written report. Remember that your report should include all of the items in bold in the Elements of a Typical Report page. If you’re not sure about whether you need an element, ask me.
  • Check the advice on graphics in Chapter 8 of Markel, and use the checklist on p. 21 to evaluate the graphics that you have included in your presentation and written report. Make sure that your images add to the presentation (rather than distract) and that they do not obscure the text on the slide.
  • Double­check your written report and presentation for consistency and unity. The appearance and design should match from one page (or one slide) to the next. For instance, the font size and style should match. Also be sure that the keywords and ideas are the same throughout the documents.
  • Be sure that you include credit for the information and images that you use. You can add a link with the image itself or add references at the end.

When you have a good version of your slideshow, practice your presentation to make sure that
you are ready to go.

  • Take a few minutes in the classroom to hook up the computer you are going to use for
    your presentation to the projector and make sure your slides project as you want them to.
  • Be sure that you work on the “hand off” from one speaker to the next so that your
    presentation is smooth and professional.
  • Have a “Plan B” ready to go in case there is a problem with technology in the classroom. You might make sure that every group member has downloaded a copy of the Google Slides in PowerPoint format on his or her machine, to deal with a situation where the Internet fails.