Darren Draper posts a slide for review:
Michelle Baldwin, dissenting from the comments:
In considering Dan Meyer's arguments, I don't really agree with him. At all. It's all about finding the "right" photo to enhance the text.
Is that what presentation is all about? Witty aphorisms and inspiring photos?
You have a thesis. Let's assume there are very real, really real real-world implications to your thesis. Why not cut to that chase? Why make an abstract matter like edutechnology even more abstract with dramatic photography and 140-character pullquotes from your Twitter feed?
- Show me something real.
- Give me a space to interact with it.
- Let me have your thoughts on it.
In this case, if learning really is social, please show me examples of that social learning. Or show me examples of how dangerous it is when that learning is taken out of a social context. If you find it difficult to connect your thesis to video or screenshots or sound clips ("multimedia," basically) then it's possible you are chasing down the wrong thesis or that your thesis doesn't lend itself to a presentation medium1.
I like that Darren modified the stock photography (adding the "Learning Is Social" placard) to connect it better to his thesis than the average stock photo slide but I wonder if we're approaching the question, "What is presentation?" along two different vectors.
- I caught David Jakes' Black Coffee presentation on Slideshare last week and was impressed that something like 95% of its 63 slides were screenshots, archival photos, YouTube videos, newspaper clippings, etc., etc. Jakes had done his groundwork.