Learning about presentation design this week has been interesting, but not particularly relevant to what I do with with my students. I looked in my Keynote folder and found 2 presentations I’ve made to use with the faculty. In both of the presentations I was introducing technology integration to the staff. My first presentation was made a little less than a year ago for the elementary staff to introduce the idea of technology integration and what we were planning. Little did I truly understand or know what would happen this year.(I want to say the elementary staff have taken some big steps and some small steps to integrate technology across the curriculum.)
The second one was created when the headmaster asked if I could share in 5 minutes or so what the elementary staff has been doing to integrate technology. I know the second one could have been better on many points as I made it in a relatively short time, late at night because I was concerned that my computer might freeze when presenting. (I had some difficulty with my computer when it is upgraded to Lion and I would connect or disconnect from a projector. Those problems have been solved, and I want to thank Ryan.)
Technology in Ele – 2:1:12
Even as I made the 2nd keynote I learned some things. A video clip will play as a clip and not be a still photo. I used screenshots to capture each classroom blog, actually going to the blog would have been more effective, but I was concerned about my computer freezing and having a very limited time. I know that I probably should have fewer bullet points on some of the slides of the first presentation.
I enjoyed watching Don McMillian, Life After Death by PowerPoint. This was made in 2008, he has another similar one from 2010 that is twice as long with a few different points. Garr Reynolds with Zen Presentations seems to be the guru of presentations.
I think the most important points that I have learned are:
- Know your audience, if possible.
- Keep it simple(too many bells and whistles or words can be distracting).
- Keep it memorable.
- Less is often more.
- Create a handout if necessary.
- Your slides should not be your presentation – if all the information is on the slide, why are you talking?