PowerPoints Again??

I suppose we go into each of these sessions with our own point of view. We read a description of a workshop or session, perhaps do a little research on the presenter and then go in hoping to get our needs met. This time I head to David Jakes and Dean Shareski’s One Hour PowerPoint: A Strategy for Improving Presentations. I’ve listened to strategy after strategy at various workshops and conferences, but it’s always good to get a refresher because I see and sometimes still do some very wrong things concerning PowerPoints.

All presentation materials can be found on the following wiki – http://jakes.editme.com/

Teachers are still doing some pretty bad things with PowerPoint. In 10 steps you can dramatically change how kids produce visual presentations. It’s not what the software does, it’s about what the user does!

1: Teach users biology – there is a broadband connection from eyes to brain. 30% processes visually 3% processed auditory… ability to communicate must be visually based!

2. Do not use bullet points
Limit Text – “Why would you use words on the screen when they do just fine in your mouth” – Seth Godin

3. Teach about intellectual property
Use FlickrStorm because it allows kids to search through licenses. Apply Attribution license to the pictures you put online and give credit to those you use. Choose pics and add to tray then download to that tray. Take the URL and provide link to kids and in presentations. For other great photos use iStockPhoto.

4. Teach kids Creative Commons and talk about intellectual property.

5. Teach them design by giving their slides a makeover
The goal is to change slides to turn them into a more compelling presentation
Strip away templates and start with blank slate and text
Find an image that is a metaphor for the idea.

6. Teach them to craft and sell a message.
A great beginning project is to have kids write a personal narrative and write a script that includes mulit-media applications. Write the script first, extract a storyboard, and then film.
Transfer the emotion of the script is what communication is all about.

7. Color and font choice matters. Yellow is the first color we see. Green means renewal. Red-danger alert. Blues and yellows work together. Deep blue – trust. Fonts Serif Font has the hooks which helps your eyes track when reading paper. San Serif Font without hooks should be used for projection (Ariel). Don’t use Helvetica with adults in America because IRS uses it!

8. Teach them to incorportate multi-media
Embed – Zamzar will convert files online for free.
Add ons Youtube vidoes for MS World ’03 and ’07

9 Teach them PowerPoint secrets
Do a Keyboard commands search on google
B key – goes black
W key goes white

10 Teach them to share
slideshare.net has featured presentations. Have students critique them. What elements of design engaged you or were unengaging?
sliderocket – build presentation online
Google Docs
Do Photo credits at the end

An excellent resources for presentations is The Back of the Napkin, Dan Roam


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