From Powerpoint To Video

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 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, 23 Aug. 2011. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. .

Chaitoo, Mary Ann. “Creating an Effective PowerPoint Presentation.” AuthorSTREAM. Author, 23 Oct. 2010. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. .

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3 Responses to From Powerpoint To Video

  1. Hi Anne-Marie

    Thanks for sharing the steps to make PPTs into videos for YouTube, as well as Mary Ann Chiatoo’s tutorial on effective PowerPoint presentations.

    As I was reading your post, I was getting ideas of how I can use this in my ESL classroom, especially in our content-support classes. As you can imagine, the ESL students struggle a lot with understanding the concepts and related vocabulary. They often resort to their native language when discussing a topic with their language peers. While this maybe an effective strategy for them in learning and understand the content, they are not effectively building any language skills in English.

    Seeing how you, your husband, and your son use PowerPoint (especially breaking a presentation into smaller video segments) has got me thinking – how can I use my students’ natural inclination to use their native language to grapple with and express their understanding of content and at the same time build the English language needed to function at our school? One way is to follow your approach by letting them research a topic in their own language and then create small PowerPoint video segments (in English) as a way of explaining and demonstrating an understanding of both the content and the needed language skills!

  2. Avatar of amthinnes amthinnes says:

    Hello Michelle,
    I am really happy to read your comment because I tried to write a practical post that others can used for class project. I seems to work! I like the idea of letting your students search in their own language first and create in English. This will built confidence! I wish you good luck and fun!

  3. Kim Cofino says:

    I like your son’s tips on creating effective presentations. How do these fit with the Presentation Zen ideas that we’ve been reading about? In your creation of this presentation, did you apply the Presentation Zen principals?

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