I must confess that I had never created a Power Point Presentation until… today. But I do have some experience as happy and unhappy viewer.
Happy, when the Powerpoint helped me keep focused and understand the topic better through a few bullet points, graphs or illustrations.
Unhappy, when I was overwhelmed trying to read and listen at the same time, feeling like watching a swedish movie (you know, the ones with long and meaningful dialogues) and struggling to follow the subtitles!
I asked my favorite guinea pigs, my husband and my son, what they think about Powerpoint Presentations.
My son loves using them because he had a fifth grade teacher who did a great job teaching how to create good ones.
Here are the Golden rules he understood and will keep for life:
“- not to put more than 7 words on a bullet
- use words more to remind yourself
- use pictures more to communicate with the audience
- never write a full sentence on a bullet, use keywords on a bullet to remind yourself and then speak them as a full sentence to the audience, as in:
Ex. on presentation:
Happytown Pop. 12,045,890
In your words:
The population of Happytown is 12,045,890
- use pictures that add something to what you are saying”
My husband is a translator and a salesman. This week end, he was translating a Powerpoint Presentation about a new Power Outlet System (rails of that allows you to plug many power outlets and avoid bad cable management) that he is going to sell in Japan. He translated it and decided to break it into shorter movies to publish in You Tube and embed in his web page.
We worked together and we used Creative Commons Search to add music to the movie.
I created this Power point Point presentation (my first one!) to share the process with you.
The whole process took about six hours. The biggest part was working in I.movie: creating slides, transitions, dynamic effects, cropping, etc… For the ones interested in this product, but who can’t read Japanese, please watch this movie by EUBIQ.
Working on this project, I was wondering how to use this kind of activity in a class room. Just a few ideas:
- Translate an existing charity/ tourist/ educational presentation into an other language
- Create a Power Point presentation about your class for your pen friends abroad.
- Create digital tools tutoring made by kids for kids accessible online
Mary Ann Chaitoo’s tutorial on Powerpoint inspired me to write this blog post.
Last but not least, I would like to share this presentation by Dr. Jamalludin Harun Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) that illustrate the pro and cons of the use of power Point Presentations in education.
Powerpoint… Powerpoint… Everywhere…
Jamalludin, Dr.Harun. “Docs.” Author Stream, Do More With Powerpoint. Author Stream.com, 23 Aug. 2011. Web. 21 Feb. 2012.
Chaitoo, Mary Ann. “Creating an Effective PowerPoint Presentation.” AuthorSTREAM. Author Stream.com, 23 Oct. 2010. Web. 21 Feb. 2012.