Presentations

I’ve been designing materials for a Programme entitled “Skills for a changing world” for the past few months and have just got to the piloting phase. Below are  three PowerPoint presentations that I put together. They might be useful to those who’d like to familiarise thmselves with the PowerPoint programme.

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“What teachers make”

Taylor Mali is a teacher and poet. He’s a advocate for teachers and the nobility of teaching profession. He’s got a great poem entitled “What teachers make”. I like the way that the poem has been visualised. It’s a great example of a sticky presentation

  • Taylor has and asked (and answered) the question – What do teachers make? This gives the show an attractive simplicity
  • Interest in his ideas are generated and maintained by the way that he shakes peoples expectations. The unexpected elements in the presentation maks you want to read more.
  • Images and text are boldly used accross the screen. Sensory information rather than abstract text keeps the show concrete.
  • He’s obviously a teacher, with a commitment to good spelling and limited bathroom time. There’s little doubt about his credebility
  • He taps into our emotions by recounting a story about a child who stood up to a bully. We care about what he has to say because we feel something.
  • Finally, his presentation uses a story to get our attention.

Together, the show keeps to the SUCCES (simplicity, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotions and story) principles outlines in Chip and Dan Heaths’ Made to Stick.

It’s a useful exercise applying these principles to presentations generally. Maybe, if we can get it right, our presentations might be a bit more memorable. My PPT presentation  PowerPoint – The Good the Bad and the Ugly  elaborates on these points, and introduced 6 bad things to do and 6 ugly things to include in a presentation. Is it sticky? Take a look and see.

I hate learning from failure…

Shoot! Technologically –  a failed lecture on Digital Portfolios. My old computer conked out and I was left with a chalkboard and a borrowed lap top (thanks Marco). I had wanted to introduce my students to the Digital Portfolio template and had put together for the Skills for a Changing World Programme and get them inspired with an evocative set of Portfolio Metaphors.

Never great when the Ed tech guy can’t get his computer working. Note to self – ensure that you have a backup on your memory stick! I hate learning from my mistakes.

Starting with the end

I’ve always found it useful to start a course with the end product in mind. I also wanted to communicate that the Ed Tech course that I was introducing would be hands on (both behind the computer and at the desks). So I spent a good few hours groveling around the web, looking for a nice introduction. Stumbled across Life Hacker’s post on making a DIY paper pop up CD case which had a Chung Da Lam teaching how to fold a CD case. Neat – but too advanced for me. But the comments had some useful suggestions and with help from Wake1080 I created a template for students to store their portfolio CDs in.

The template also divided the class into groups and allowed them to store important information about their accounts. Take a look and tell me if it works for you.

Teaching for tomorrow

I’m quite excited. I’ve been given an opportunity to influence, affect, direct and maybe even change the way that teachers will practice their teaching and learning in the classroom. From next week I’ll be working with student and practicing teachers discovering, demonstrating and developing new ways of learning about ICT, learning with ICT and learning through the use of ICT. The School of Education and Development have hired me to take over the AV course.

I’ve decided to move away from Audio Visual and focus more on Education Technology. Over the next six month we are going to be

  • Learning about ICT
  • Learning with ICT
  • Learning through the use of ICT