A few years ago, I wanted to go in a better direction for student presentations so I implemented the TED format for student presentations. If you ever watch TED videos, there's very little text on the slides. Just some images or talking points. You will NEVER see a TED presenter read off their slides, so why should we allow our students to do that?
My recommendation for Student presentations:
*1-2 words per slide only. NO EXCEPTIONS (unless it's a poignant quote)
*No note cards or paper for the student to read off of
*Use insightful pictures to help tell the "story" of what the student is presenting on.
Forcing students to these guidelines will increase rigor, thinking, learning and their ability to present thoughtfully and creatively.