Research says we need to take more words off our PowerPoint slide and use simple images to convey a message. I know that may be hard for some of you “Type A” workaholics who feel a sense of accomplishment when you adjust the font just right so that all of those words still fit on one screen (I’ll admit, that’s me) – but when it comes down to it, our life can be made more simple, and our students learn more when we ditch the verbiage in exchange for some memory-worthy pics.
If the standards clip-art that came with your program is feeling a little tired, check out these free stock image sites for a fresh look:
If you want a little more selection, and you are willing to spend a little bit of money (not a lot), my favorite site is iStockphoto. iStock contains a plethora of royalty free photos, illustrations, and great icons/images for use in presentations. When you are downloading, make sure to click the smallest size – which is the cheapest option and translates well in PowerPoint.