Slide Presentations

Slide presentations can be created with either PowerPoint or Keynote. The PowerPoint program is part of the Microsoft Office suite and can be found in the applications folder under Microsoft Office. Keynote can also be found in the applications folder under iWork '08.

The top image shows you where to locate PowerPoint in the Microsoft Office folder, the bottom Keynote in the iWork 08 folder..


How and Why are They Used?

Both programs are widely used by business people, educators, and most importantly students. They are simple programs that are good for persuasive presentations. Pictures, text, and even videos may be added into your presentation. This makes it possible for people to create a more "alive" presentation in order to get your point of view or information across to the audience. However, it is just as easy to create a boring presentation as it is to create an awesome one. The video below takes a closer look at the essential parts of the PowerPoint program you should focus on while creating your presentation. The lessons can also be applied to using Keynote or any slide presentation software.

The video above briefly covers only some of the essential do`s and dont's when creating your slide presentation. Here at Millis, we are committed to creating presentations that are not only persuading but exciting and "alive". For example, we emphasize the "Rule of Six" and the discrete use of graphics and sound. For more do's and dont's we refer you to this document as a helpful tool when creating slide presentations. It was written by a teacher from Elon University.

"Rule of Six"

The "Rule of Six" is a simple rule that we follow here at Millis High School. It allows us to create informational presentations without writing every little piece of information on a slide. Instead of paragraphs of information on a single slide, we are taught to break down that information into:

No More than Six Bullets Per Slide
No More than Six Words Per Bullet.

From there the presenter can go into more detail about each bullet from either written or typed notes. It also stops a person from reading from their own presentation which is something that we try and avoid while giving a presentation. Below there are two pictures, one of a bad slide with too much information, and one good slide that has the same information broken down into four simple bullets. The image on the left violates the "Rule of Six". The image on the right is an example of applying the "Rule of Six" to the same information.


Creating a Keynote Presentation

In these short informational How-to Videos, the basics of creating a Keynote presentation will be reviewed.

Getting started: This video will explain how to open and save a Keynote presentation.

Starting your presentation: This video will explain how to create a title slide.

Adding to you presentation: This video will explain how to add slides, how to properly layout a slide, and how to add and/or edit text. There is an excellent example of the "Rule of Six" in this video.
Animations: This video instructs you on how to add and choose different animations or transitions.

Adding Photos:

Advanced tools: This video explains how to add a hyperlink and sound to a slide.


Prezi Presentations

A Prezi Prezentation is an online version of Keynote or Powerpoint. Instead of using slides, Prezi projects zoom in and out and rotate all over one large sheet of information. It's simpler and still allows it's users to express creativity in their projects. The capabilities of these projects are endless.

Learning Prezi

Prezi is very simple. There are a few tutorial videos on the site describing how to use all the capabilities of the site.

Source: Prezi Menu. Digital image. Profhacker. Profhacker. Web. 2 Nov. 2009. <>.