I have never been a fan of largely text-based PowerPoint presentations and literally cringe when I see student presentations with essays pasted into the text. We really MUST be teaching students the skills of Presentation Zen.
I am a huge fan of the note section in PowerPoint because it allows me to write everything I want to say, thereby processing each slide and what it should look like visually, without filling each slide with too much text.
I anticipated the presentation aspect of this course to be pushing something like Prezi, so I am surprised, delighted and disappointed to see that it is really much simpler than this.
I spent three hours one afternoon in August trying to create the first faculty meeting presentation of year on Prezi before giving up from sheer frustration and doing it in PowerPoint. In the same evening though, I made a video for the first time and it only took two hours, so it wasn’t a complete technological disaster. I really thought I had failed at being innovative by failing to present using Prezi.
I don’t have to learn something completely new.
I thought this would be the time whereby I could actually learn Prezi.
Despite my ability to keep my current presentation tool, the ideas of Visual Literacy have completely transformed my work. Below is an evolution of the last three meetings I ran, in which I used a presentation for each.
October 2012 Faculty Meeting using Visual Literacy Principles
September 2012 Faculty Meeting attempting to move towards simplicity
August 2012 Welcome Back Faculty Meeting PowerPoint after 3 hours of failed Prezi attempts
Here are my notes pages for the October presentation, which highlights the information and thinking process that goes into each slide.
I have uploaded the three presentations to show that I am evolving as I am learning. Some things to take away:
- Use a visual instead of text, no matter how simple the text
- Use a handout instead of text, even if you don’t plan to read the text
- Plan offline and then create
Feel free to use and modify any of the above information.
** The original slideshows are done in PowerPoint and did not convert exactly to the Google format – apologies for this