Count on Overheads
Tip Sheet No. 14
preparing overheads for the classroom
by Ed Counts, Teacher Education
1. Transparencies are a separate medium from print and serve a different educational
purpose. Know your purpose. For example, transparencies allow the teacher to face
the audience, keep the teacher structured, and slow down the pace of the lecture to
allow students to keep up. They can help students structure their notes.
2. Use transparencies for outlining material. Simplify and edit your text. Don't merely photocopy text onto overheads. Use at least a 1/4" font size as well as a simple font.
3. Clip art and scanned images can be added for visual interest.
4. Present material horizontaUy rather than verically because that better fits the conformation of the projector.
5. Use overlays for disclosing information logicaUy or to show a sequence. Material progressively disclosed keeps the students interested.
6. Don't use your finger to point, use a pen or other tool.
7. Turn off the project between overheads so it does not distract the students.
8. Resources on campus for transparencies include the CTL (Cravens, 6508) and Media Services (TPH, 6274). They have color transparencies, clip art, and scanners available.
For more information about this workshop, contact any of the following individuals who attended or the CTL staff: Jim Ashby, Beverly Foshee, Adam Hall, Susan Johnstad, Wayne Jones, Nick Nichols, Sandy Novosel, Dean May, Carrie Morgan, Loretta Murray, Shula Ramsay, Renee Shaw, Fina Simpson, Ricky Stagg, Davy Stone, & Charity VanWinkle
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