I created a presentation to share with my students several years ago based on ideas from Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen. I mentioned in a earlier post how I was never happy with how it turned out so I decided to give it a facelift for my final project.
I recently had a lesson with a Grade 5 class on creating presentation. The week before we had looked at different presentations platforms one of which was Haiku Deck. It is a great tool for creating presentation based on some of Garr Reynold’s principles. He mentions using visuals to capture your audiences attention. Haiku Deck is excellent at providing beautiful images which are easy to find based on a topic. He also speaks of reducing noice and having fewer elements. In Haiku Deck, you are provided with basic simple templates that provides coherent text without distracting viewers from the image.
In addition to creating effective slides I reminded the students that they are creating presentations so they need to remember to present. It is not a report therefore there shouldn’t be fifteen bullet points to read. I encouraged them to use handout if needed but speak to the slides instead of reading from them. Most importantly, be creative as Garr Reynold’s mentioned, remember that images speak louder than words.
Haiku deck was an excellent tool for meeting many of the Zen Presentation points.
Great Presentations – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;
However, I also decided to create a third presentation using Keynote. I had encourage the student to try their hand at creating a presentation following these principles and I wanted to see how easy it would be for myself. I have also been encouraging the student to use/or take their own pictures for their presentation. Using your own photos eliminate the need to site the images. One of the tools I had recommend was Keynote just to add a bit of variety to their presentation toolbox.
The presentation below was the result of my efforts. I enjoyed looking through my travel pictures to find images but I also found it very time consuming. I also used the my schools recommend create commons sites Pixaby and Photos for Class when needed. I was please that I only needed to use a few pictures from the site as I was able to use my own photos 80 % of the time.
Deciding on an effective font was also time consuming but I think in the end I found one that was clear and effective. I played around with positioning to try leverage off the image as well as make the message standout by using large print and key words.
In the end I found that although I enjoyed looking through my photos, I found Haiku Deck a very effective and efficient tool for creating a great presentation. I look forward to seeing how the students presentations turned out and seeing which tool they decided to go use.