It’s conference season. Is your presentation ready? Tom Davenport provides ten common-sense tips for designing quality presentations. He emphasizes simplicity. How many times have you seen someone start their presentation and find out that the special font they chose isn’t available on the presentation computer. While it is possible to include the font when saving the presentation, is a special font really necessary? Davenport encourages the use of images but cautions readers to consider copyright issues when using images from flicker or Google. The best way to do this is by using Creative Commons to access open-licensed images from these sites. Davenport concludes by encouraging presenters to practice. Presenters who are surprised by the contents of the “next slide” are really telling us that that their presentations aren’t worth attending.
Google and LIFE make LIFE magazine images freely available for educational use. This is a great resource for teachers.
I’m not a huge fan of clicker technology. I guess this is because I see it as an interim technology and I’m anxious to get on to the next thing. However, I have to admit that I have had positive experiences with TurningPoint clickers. Their software integrates well with PowerPoint and the clickers are not as bulky as others I’ve used.
I am excited to hear that TurningPoint is looking to extend their technology to cell phones and laptops. I believe it is only a matter of time before all vendors move to a model of providing software that works with multi-purpose smart devices. Students don’t need another portable electronic device to haul around when they are already toting a smart phone or laptop.