The June issue looks at how juvenile justice reform is changing the lives of young people, the problem with teacher pay, putting pensions under stress, an interview with the House speaker in Maine and much more. Slideshows are good powerpoint presentations to produce, easy to update and effective to inject visual interest into the presentation. However, slideshows can also spell disaster even for experienced presenters. The key to success is to make certain your slideshow is a visual aid and not a visual distraction.
Simplify and limit the number of words on each screen. Use key phrases and include only essential information. Limit punctuation and avoid putting words in all capital letters. Empty space on the slide will enhance readability. Use contrasting colors for text and background.
Light text on a dark background is best. Patterned backgrounds can reduce readability of text. Avoid the use of flashy transitions such as text fly-ins. These features may seem impressive at first, but are distracting and get old quickly.