Here is the book. Download it, pass it out, share it with your colleagues, administrators, teammates.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Great slideshare from Claudio Perrone on creating compelling presentations using storytelling.
Do your presentations tell a story? No matter what your message is, there’s a story behind it – and this applies to more than just case studies. You could tell the story of you – how did you get where you are? Or the story of your company – what led your company or organization to define a vision and decide where to start?
But what about those of us who are not skilled at storytelling and don’t know where to start? Claudio Perrone provides a step-by-step process for creating a presentation that delivers your message in the form of a story. Claudio also tells his own story about conquering his fear of public speaking.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
See these new features in action by viewing the interactive simulation on the Jing web site.
Monday, April 5, 2010
So, how did we do this? Even though it looks complicated and time-intensive, it's actually fast, fun, and easy. First we saved each slide in our PowerPoint presentation as a .jpg image file. The following Jing video shows how to do this:
Next, we logged in to our animoto educator account and made a video. The following Jing video shows how:
Once animoto renders the video, you will receive an e-mail, to the address used to set up your account, with a link to the video. You can share the video using e-mail, embed, or other options available by logging in to animoto.
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
We start by inserting our downloaded images into PPT as individual slides - here's what that looks like in Slideshare - our "before" slides:
Here Kelly takes us through editing the slides for the first five questions.
Question 1: How do we support the changing role of teacher?
Question 2: What is the role of the teacher?
Question 3: How do we help students discover their passions?
Question 4: What is the essential learning that schools impart to students?
Question 5: What is the purpose of school?
Mike continues with the remaining questions:
Question 6: How do we adapt our curriculum to the technologies that kids are already using?
Question 6: How do we adapt our curriculum to the technologies that kids are already using? (cont'd)
Bonus Question: Do we risk kids becoming addicted to technology?
Bonus Question: Do we risk kids becoming addicted to technology?(cont'd)
Question 7: What does an educated person look like today?
Question 8: How do we change policy to support more flexible time and place learning?
Question 9: What are the essential practices of teachers in a system where students are learning outside of school?
Question 10: How do we ensure those without privilege have equal access to quality education and opportunity?
Finally, here are the "after" slides:
Sunday, March 21, 2010
via Mark Goetz via FlowingData via dataviz
Monday, March 15, 2010
Toughest college test: No cell phone, no Facebook
Heather LaMarre calls her students 'the wired generation.' The University of Minnesota professor sees that they don't listen to an iPod, talk on a cell phone or surf on a laptop -- they do all three at once. She reads articles about their numbness to technology and knows that if one e-mails her at 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday and she doesn't write back by 11:30, he'll freak out.
So she did something about it.
Last week's class assignment: Five days without media or gadgets that didn't exist before 1984.[emphasis added - MQ/KP]
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Later in the presentation, he showed a slide with Albert Einstein and the same quote on a chalkboard. The slide is not real - it was created using www.txt2pic.com. While this slide is fiction, Einstein referencing Tagore may not be that far-fetched. As the photos below show, Einstein and Tagore met in July of 1930 in Kaputh, India.
Einstein with Tagore via Pictures
Monday, March 8, 2010
Ask E.T.: Edward Tufte Presidential Appointment
President Obama announced his intent to appoint several individuals to serve on the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel. Their bios are below.
President Obama said, 'These impressive individuals will be valued additions to our team as we work to confront the challenges facing our nation. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.'
Edward Tufte, Appointee for Member, Recovery Independent Advisory Panel
Edward Tufte is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University. He wrote, designed, and self-published The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information, Visual Explanations, and Beautiful Evidence, which have received 40 awards for content and design. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Society for Technical Communication, and the American Statistical Association. He received his PhD in political Science from Yale University and BS and MS in statistics from Stanford University.
Via Daring Fireball.
Imagine a widely used and expensive prescription drug that promised to make us beautiful but didn't. Instead the drug had frequent, serious side effects: It induced stupidity, turned everyone into bores, wasted time, and degraded the quality and credibility of communication. These side effects would rightly lead to a worldwide product recall.One could sum up the sentiment by borrowing and adapting a phrase from Security Consultant and blogger Steve Riley - PowerPoint is "... the place where knowledge goes to die."
Slideware may help speakers outline their talks, but convenience for the speaker can be punishing to both content and audience. The standard PowerPoint presentation elevates format over content, betraying an attitude of commercialism that turns everything into a sales pitch.
While we don't disagree with Tufte and other critics that the use of PowerPoint is part of an ever-present misconception that technology fixes things or makes things better, we're not here to pile on--instead we'd like to offer some ideas to make PowerPoint more effective in your classroom. While technology can and has provided some great benefits to society, it's not a panacea - you can't just throw PowerPoint into the classroom and turn a poor lecturer into a good lecturer or a good lecturer into a great lecturer. Tufte gets it right when he says:
Presentations largely stand or fall on the quality, relevance, and integrity of the content. If your numbers are boring, then you've got the wrong numbers. If your words or images are not on point, making them dance in color won't make them relevant. Audience boredom is usually a content failure, not a decoration failure.So how do we become better presenters? Most teachers would agree that there's no better way to learn how to do something than by watching and learning from people who are great at what they do, so we'd like to share with you today some interesting and innovative presentations that hopefully will inspire you to look at PowerPoint and technology in new and different ways. The first is the 2005 Open Source Convention keynote--Identity 2.0--from Sxip Identity founder and CEO Dick Hardt.
What's interesting and unique about this presentation is the style. In a presentation that lasts only 15 minutes, Hardt uses hundreds of slides--many with just a single word or image--to tell a story that is rapid-fire, humorous and engaging.
At the end of the presentation, Hardt credits Lawrence Lessig - Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School--for inspiring his presentation style. That said, here is example number two--Lawrence Lessig's presentation from the 2007 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference. This is a shortened (20-minute) version of Lessig's Free Culture presentation.
What we can learn from Lessig (considered the master of the simple slide show) and Hardt is to break free from the constraints of PowerPoint--the titles and the bullet lists and the charts. Also consider how Lessig expertly weaves together humor, video, and storytelling to create his narrative and ultimately make his case.
The final example is Guy Kawasaki's Art of the Start speech at TiECon 2006 - the annual meeting of The Indus Entrepreneur organization. Kawasaki gives a great presentation about innovation and business evangelism, speaking plainly and peppering the presentation with humor.
Some of the key points Kawasaki makes are:
- abandon the traditional business paradigm of Mission Statements in favor of shorter, more meaningful 3-4 word Mantras; and
- adopt the 10/20/30 rule for presentations--no more than 10 content slides (Kawasaki favors top ten lists); no longer than 20 minutes (his presentation is nearly 40-minutes); and use nothing smaller than a 30 point font.
We encourage you to watch and re-watch these videos and to try out some of what you see. Take one of your lectures and try the 10/20/30 rule or "simplify" it like Lesig and Hardt or come up with your own unique style. The key is to focus on the content and the learning and not get seduced by the technology, the animations, or the bullet lists. So, open up your mind, set aside your preconceptions; don't view PowerPoint as a crutch or as a substitute for your lecture, but instead as a spark that can ignite and excite an audience. And lastly, don't ignore Tufte's most important rule of speaking: Respect your audience.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Here are some of the principles I try to follow in creating presentations. Your mileage may vary, but this is what seems to work well for me.
I like to use the visual presentation to focus people’s attention on what I’m saying and to help keep myself on track. If my slides make people stop listening to what I’m saying, they aren’t helping me. I keep my slides very clear–a white background and no header or footer. I’ve been debating whether or not I should add my company logo to each slide, but so far I’ve decided to leave it off in the interest of keeping everyone focused on what I’m talking about right then.
Minimal Words on Slides
Most of my slides contain a single word. A few contain a single sentence. This is very different than most presentations where the presenter seems to think they get paid more by fitting more words on a slide. My slide deck for a 60-minute presentation might be 50 to 70 slides long and only contain a total of 100 words.
I use images where possible. Sometimes I use them in addition to a word on the slide and sometimes I simply use an image. For example, in a recent talk, I wanted to give an example from the management practices of a casino. I could have had a slide that said ‘Casino Example,’ but instead, I just used a photo of a slot machine. It helped get people’s attention and I don’t think adding text would have made it work any better. What I think would have been worse is to say ‘Casino Example’ and then try to fit a couple hundred words on the slide of what I planned to tell them in person.
Anchoring and Context
At the very beginning of a presentation, I like to lay out a general plan of what we are going to discuss. For example, the plan might be:
I actually do this before the introduction–before I’ve even really introduced myself or the topic if the audience already has an idea of the content. That way when I do the introduction and then move on to the next section, we have already established a pattern and expectations. In the example above, if I’m going to discuss 6 foundational principles, I will probably put a slide at the beginning listing all the the principles I want to cover, and then again at the end. That gives people an easy way to see exactly what is coming and helps bring closure to that topic by reviewing it before moving on to the next topic.
- Foundational Principles
Monday, March 1, 2010
Also worth a read is a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project - The Future of the Internet.
Remarkable Stats on the State of the Internet
Individual stats like Facebook passing the 400 million user mark, Twitter hitting 50 million tweets per day, and YouTube viewers watching 1 billion videos per day are impressive on their own, but what if we looked at Internet-related stats collectively? Jesse Thomas did just that in his video State of the Internet.
The video — created and animated by Thomas with data from multiple sources — highlights some remarkable figures and visually depicts the Internet as we know it today. It’s a must-watch video for anyone trying to wrap their minds around just how immersed web technologies have become in our everyday lives.
You can watch the video below, but we’ve also included some of the most intriguing figures shared in the video:
- There are 1.73 billion Internet users worldwide as of September 2009.
- There are 1.4 billion e-mail users worldwide, and on average we collectively send 247 billion e-mails per day. Unfortunately 200 billion of those are spam e-mails.
- As of December 2009, there are 234 million websites.
- Facebook gets 260 billion pageviews per month, which equals 6 million page views per minute and 37.4 trillion pageviews in a year.
Photo by Trois Têtes (TT)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
When someone posts photos in Flickr, they have the option to make them public or private and to license them. The licenses range from "All rights reserved" to a variety of "Creative Commons" licensing. Let's talk a little bit about some of the "Creative Commons" licensing options--in particular, some of the terms we encounter.
- "Attribution" is present on all; this term means that we must cite the source of the photo - in this case the Flickr user.
- "NonCommercial" means that we can't make any money from the use of the image - is anyone paying for your PowerPoints?
- "ShareAlike" licensing requires that any modifications we make to the photo be shared back with the community (i.e. Flickr).
- Finally, "NoDerivs" means that we are prohibited from creating derivatives works from the photo - for example recoloring or altering the photo to create an entirely new version.
If you want learn more about Flickr and some of the advanced features available in Flickr, here's a great slideshow "Flickr 101" from the Nebraska Library Commission:
Questions to Ponder!
#1 How do we support the changing role of teacher?
#2 What is the role of the teacher?
These questions both deal with the role of the teacher, so we've combined them. We found this diverse set of photos by searching for terms such as "teach," "teacher," "teaching." and "professional development"
Now a little more on Flickr. We really like the two the photos from "superkimbo in BKK" that we included above. We can click on her username to see her "photostream" - the images she's posted to Flickr and made publicly available.
Wow - she's posted some really great photos. We can continue to "favorite" individual photos - as we've been doing, but if we come across a Flickr user whose work we really like, we can also add them as a "contact."
When you add someone as a contact, you will get an e-mail every time they upload a new photo. This is a great way to keep up with their work. You'll see some great photos from user paurian later in this blog post.
Now let's get back to our questions.
#3 How do we help students discover their passions?
The first photo we found by exploring paurian's photostream; the second by searching for "students" and "passion."
#4 What is the essential learning that schools impart to students?
There may be better photos to describe essential learning, but searching for "light bulb" we found this image, which makes us think of spark, imagination, or idea.
Photo by zetson
#5 What is the purpose of school?
You can find lots of pictures searching for "school" "university" or "college." This is a great photo of the Front Quad of University College, Oxford. Apparently, it's very difficult to get permission to take photos here.
Photo by Lawrence OP
#6 How do we adapt our curriculum to the technologies that kids are already using?
We found this photo by searching for "adapt" and "technology." This isn't one of Mike's cats.
Photo by Tom Lemos
These photos we found with search terms such as "kids," "technology," and "learning."
Searching for photos even led us to discover an image that caused us to ask a new question:
BONUS QUESTION Do we risk kids becoming addicted to technology?
Photo by Joits
#7 What does an educated person look like today?
We love this photo - would you have guessed that we searched for "educated?"
Photo by paurian
#8 How do we change policy to support more flexible time and place learning?
Time: These images were discovered searching for "time" and "clock" - you can even try "tick tock."
Place: These images were found with search terms "world" and "Earth."
#9 What are the essential practices of teachers in a system where students are learning outside of school?
We found lots of interesting stuff by searching for combinations of "informal," "learning," and "education."
Photo by misterbisson
#10 How do we ensure those without privilege have equal access to quality education and opportunity?
To find this figure we searched for the terms "rich" and "poor."
Photo by Christopher Saccaro
That should get us started. Next week we combine these images with our questons to create slides - stay tuned!
Monday, February 15, 2010
What are the ‘big’ conversations that schools should be having in relation to the ‘tectonic’ shifts that are occurring with social learning online?
From the session, Richardson was able to compile a fairly long list, from which he generated a Google Form and encouraged his blog readers to vote on the top ten. We've listed the top ten below, along with three questions that just missed the top ten. These are all great questions! Wouldn't it be wonderful to spend entire faculty days discussing some of these questions with your colleagues?
The Big Questions: Now What?
So as of today, 220 of you were kind enough to vote on what you thought were the 10 most important questions from the list that we generated at Educon. Here are the ‘winners’ at the moment:
And here were the next three that didn’t quite make the cut:
- How do we support the changing role of teacher? 116
- What is the role of the teacher? 110
- How do we help students discover their passions? 110
- What is the essential learning that schools impart to students? 109
- What is the purpose of school? 102
- How do we adapt our curriculum to the technologies that kids are already using? 100
- What does and educated person look like today? 97
- How do we change policy to support more flexible time and place learning? 97
- What are the essential practices of teachers in a system where students are learning outside of school? 92
- How do we ensure those without privilege have equal access to quality education and opportunity? 92
- What is preventing us from being adaptable to change? 79
- How do you validate or evaluate informal learning? 77
- How do we measure or assess the effectiveness of individualized self-directed learning outside of school? 68
Monday, February 8, 2010
Here are some lecture notes--do these belong in Word or PowerPoint? It's important to pick the right tool for the right job.
Most would agree that Word is much better suited for sharing this type of content, but we all feel strangely compelled to turn our lecture notes into slides.
Today we're going to look at how one might transform their classroom lectures--their lecture notes--into compelling PowerPoint slides.
We'll start with a great site for sharing PowerPoint slides - slideshare.net. We'll see if we can find some interesting presentations that we can use.
Let's pick a discipline and see how we might improve our classroom presentations. How about biology? Let's say you're teaching a unit on mitosis. We go to slideshare and search for "mitosis," resulting in--wow! - 835 results.
- 24 slides, viewed 2359 times and downloaded 123 times
- 50 slides, viewed 17377 times and downloaded 780 times
- 16 slides, viewed 1005 times and downloaded 23 times
Not let's take a look at another tool - SlideFinder.
Finally, here's our favorite "mitosis" slide of all time:
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- ► March (8)