- You noticed, didn’t you?
Pat yourself on the back if you must, but know that the irony of a post on “brevity” running longer than that oft-referenced Tolstoy novel wasn’t lost on me. I took that post through seven drafts
Idle, agenda-less curiosity: does the rest of the edublogosphere get it right in one take or, if not, how many drafts do you run through on an average post?and, even after burning back a lot of brush, I knew I’d catch some heat. I blame all your Twitter-addled attention spans.
Anway, to minimize reader fatigue, it’s worth mentioning that I did what anyone oughtta: add pictures! Kinda symmetrically too:
- None of you seemed to mind my four-slide sales pitch, though, and I just want to point out again how little technical skill it required:
We stole photos and scanned handwriting. The end.
You wanna get cute, you add some yellow and a small blur to age photos which were taken, like, last week. Maybe you toss on a drop shadow so the handwritten captions seem to rest on the photos.
The challenge was writing compelling copy. (I attached three different punchlines to that final slide.) The challenge was pairing the best copy with the best photo. (Not all pairings are equal.) The challenge was enlarging the photos and positioning them so the kid was slightly off frame. The kid wasn’t the focus. The challenge was deciding where to place focus.
And whatever skill I have at meeting those challenges, I promise, it didn’t come from a math degree at a public college. It came from asking those questions, “what is essential?” and “can I say it with less?” with everything I make: slides, lessons, posts, photos, everything.
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- Finally, watch this space. We’re bringing a contest your way soon. I want to see what you can do with four visual slides and zero multimedia gimmicks.