If you can’t explain it simply. You don’t understand it well enough.
I have read about and looked for design in everything and everywhere this week. I have read about the top trending typography designs for 2016, I know about Aeron Weyenberg’s design genius when creating presentations: ‘When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops into life.’ I know about the rule of three so successfully used by Steve Jobs and used so long ago by Thomas Jefferson ‘ life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. So this week should have been easy.
All I had to think about was, what’s my takeaway? instruction? narrative? Can I check off Garr Reynold’s list of design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning in my presentation ? Less is more, you can do this. Suffice to say, I am still at the exploring phase in my learning and am way off reaching applying, but it has been fun and challenging trying. My presentation is about using Twitter in classrooms.
My objective: To encourage teachers to have a go and see the benefits of using Twitter with their students
My audience: Lower school faculty and at some other point, local teachers in the Luxembourgish schools
My message: Have a go but make sure students, teachers and parents know why you are using it
Here is my very hurried, badly designed, death by words presentation . It’s a combination of the ideas expressed by the students after a lesson with my class and our Grade 4 buddies on how we are using Twitter and my attempt at getting those norms and guidelines in. The idea of the conversation came from the buddies and I wanted to go with that as I thought everyone could connect to this idea. So although my audience would be different, I have to own up to admitting I thought I could use some of these slides in my presentation to our faculty…now I know I definitely can’t!
I really had to think about my message.
My aim was to keep it simple and light in the actual presentation, the details would come in the handout.
Show reasons why using Twitter is a great tool.
Encourage the audience to have a go or want to know more
Make it easy for them to try with ready made guidelines,letters for parents, instructions on how to set up and a multitude of tried and tested ways to use it in the classroom. I will accompany my presentation with a handout with all of these included.
After reading Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen and watching Jeff Utecht’s video I started with a sketch book, sketching my ideas I wanted to get across.
Next step was trying to find the just right image. This took me a very long time. I started with a lot of slides and kept reducing them, trying to think about the check list. Each time I kept coming back to the story element. Does it read as a story?
In my first two attempts I had over 20 slides and I kept eliminating.
I struggled with the opening slide and finally decided on the second.
Here is the final version of the presentation, I think I still have too many slides and I know I am not there yet. My presentation is in two weeks, so I still have time to apply any feedback. I have purposefully included citing the photos on each slide as a reminder to the audience that these images should be credited to the owner. I notice that most presentations cite the images at the end of the presentation, and perhaps the way I did it detracts from the design.
Below is a first draft of my slide notes and links to handout ideas.
1,2,3,4 A child’s learning is always growing, learning happens through conversations and exploring their many wonders and curiosities that they have. Twitter is like a conversation that can grow to answer their many wonders and curiosities.
5,6,7 Twitter helps us to connect to other classrooms around the world
8 It can let the parents in to follow and be part of our learning
9,10,11,12 Twitter is another tool we can use to help our students answer their wonders, curiosities, make connections, research, ask experts
15,16 It’s another way we can teach our students about responsibility and digital citizenship
19 Let’s help students to learn with the technology they are surrounded by
20 I’m still learning, I’m constantly building my skills just like my students. I still have a lot to learn but that’s the nature and beauty of teaching. It has been so rewarding for my students to be connected through Twitter, it makes their learning fun and authentic.
I will include this in the handout. I have Kristen Wideens’s permission.