PowerPoint doesn't have to be part of the problem, it can be part of the solution. Presentation Zen is a companion Web site for a book by the same name. The focus of the book is to offer a different approach to creating presentations that is very different than many of the presentations we're subjected to frequently at conferences (and sometimes in courses <grin>). Please spend an hour or so on the site and see what inspires you. For class, bring some materials with you that you'd like to use to create a sample presentation.