PowerPoint: Do No Harm
Something Provocative To Compensate For My Total Anonymity At This Conference
Nothing I haven’t already inflicted on my regular readers, though the structure here fell along the following lines:
- general benefits of storing curriculum digitally (easy, cheap access; portability; better classroom management)
- very easy ways to kill your kids with PowerPoint (lousy graphic design, cheap solutions for visual engagement)
- very easy ways to counteract the very easy ways to kill your kids with PowerPoint (simple, sound graphic design)
- lesson plans built from a single compelling image and a single compelling question (if you have paid even a little attention to our What Can You Do With This? segment, you know where this went)
The room was set for 30. I printed 54 handouts, which sounds optimistic under any circumstance and downright delusional if you’ll recall the turnout to my last presentation. Still, I passed them all out and people sat on the floor.
It was exhilarating, really. I would say something I thought was pretty insightful or smart or whatever and someone from the audience would offer something which made my thing smarter and more insightful.
I was shocked that 100% of the times I asked the audience to journal their thoughts or share them with a neighbor they obliged. This is because I teach freshmen.
I would like to deliver this presentation to other audiences, particularly to new and preservice teachers. My e-mail address, if you’re interested, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Guest Star
- OMG Michael Serra!
I tossed the handouts from my last conference and built them from scratch, guiding my design by The Rule of Least Power. I’m happy with the result and they functioned, more or less, exactly as I intended
- This may be impossible to determine but I wonder about the difference between a) how one of my session attendees experienced this content (ie. in one ninety-minute burst) and b) how one of my readers has experienced this content (ie. distributed over many posts and many months with many revisions along the way). If you have experienced the content both ways, please weigh in. Otherwise, you’re welcome to speculate.
- One laptop in the crowd. No wireless. So much for that wiki.