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Tools: Presentation


After earning this badge, you will be able to create more effective presentations by

  • Keeping things simple and clear,
  • Using images and stories, and
  • Applying basic visual design principles

In his excellent book, Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds promotes planning, simplicity, use of images and stories, and several other strategies for improving presentation quality.

presentation zen book1. EITHER attend the Presentation Zen workshop
OR read the actual book (ebook - ND only)
OR watch / read these five items

2. READ the following (even if you attended the workshop)

Optional resources

In the video at right, director Ken Burns talks about the power of stories. Incorporating a story into a presentation can be a very effective technique.


Reflect on what you learned. Make some notes for later writing. These prompts may help:

  • I chose this badge because ...
  • Garr Reynolds idea about ... is ...
  • My stance on providing presentation handouts is ...
  • For me, the hardest of the challenges for presenters would be ...
  • Now that I know about ... I will ... differently


Develop an original presentation on a topic in your discipline

  1. Create a new presentation. We recommend using Google Slides,
    but PowerPoint or Keynote is fine.
  2. Develop 10-15 slides that are simple and uncluttered
    • No more than six words on a slide!
    • Incorporate a full-screen visual on at least half of the slides
    • On the final slide, list web addresses for CC images that require attribution.
  3. Write a short paragraph (50-100 wds.) on how you would use the slides
  4. Evaluate your presentation using this rubric. This should help with the "Reflect" step.


Write a reflection of at least 250 words.

Include the following in your reflection:

Presentation Zen - a specific reference to Garr Reynolds' ideas

Challenges - a reaction to one of the challenges for presenters

Connections - relate your learning for this badge to your own teaching & learning, both past experience and future plans

Link - at least one other resource, article, website, etc.

Media - at least one embedded image or video (include the source).

These prompts may help:

  • I had never tried ... , and it ended up ...
  • I chose ... for my presentation because ...
  • Working within the six-word limit was ...
  • Finding images and keeping track of sources was ...
  • Coming up with a story (or active learning strategy) was ...
  • When I applied the presentation rubric to my slides, I found ...
  • The experience of creating an image-heavy presentation was ...
  • This badge helped build on ... [something you already knew]
  • I had a relevant experience when ...
  • I expect to ... in order to learn more about ...


Rename your eportfolio's "Tools" page "Presentation"

Check the Apply tab to be sure you have done what is required.

Be sure you are displaying this content on the page (not just a link to a file):

  • Your presentation that meets the requirements - e.g., less than 7 words per slide.
  • Your paragraph on how you'd use the slides (must include an active learning strategy).
  • Your reflection (include the items highlighted on the previous Reflect tab)

Publish the page.

From your ePortfolio, submit this page for the Presentation Badge assignment. All of the evidence is on the page, so you don't need to upload files as well.


Silhouette of a person by a screen

Helpful Resources

Nancy Duarte on Presentations
Ken Burns on Story

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