I just encountered a new blog called Brain Slides: Presentation Design for Educators, written by Nathan Cashion. This blog eloquently teaches how Powerpoint should and, more importantly, shouldn't be used.
Some presentation tips include:
- Don't use bullet points, if you can avoid it.
- Occasionally use a completely black slide to bring the attention of the room back to you.
- Use more images and less text.
- Burn your current Powerpoint lectures and start over with a new approach of less-is-more.
There are also some helpful examples of "Slide Makeovers". If you use Powerpoint for lectures, take a look at this site. It's worth it.