Another great topic to consider from Passionate Users. The future is not in learning… offers the concept that the future is for those who can unlearn old ways fast. Going back to zero seems to be a very important component of adapting to a new age. When a new technology or concept begins to reinvent the way things get done, the person who can adapt quickly wins. So, it is more about being able to scaffold new understanding for some things and tear down old ideas and rebuild on new ones for others. God, give me the wisdom to know the difference.
Many people ask what is a post or page slug? At WordPress.org you will find a great definition.
A slug is a few words that describe a post or a page. Slugs are usually a URL friendly version of the post title (which has been automatically generated by WordPress), but a slug can be anything you like. Slugs are meant to be used with permalinks as they help describe what the content at the URL is. Example post permalink:http://wordpress.org/development/2006/06/wordpress-203/
Scott’s presentation guru, Garr Reynolds, stated it best at his site, presentationzen.com: “We are a storytelling animal. We are not a bullet-point-memorizing animal. We are wired to be attracted to story and to learn from them and to spread them.”“The best stories infuse wonder,” says Pixar’s Andrew Stanton. Come learn how to tell better stories, engage and not enrage your students. (New and improved distance learning edition!)
Know this… PowerPoint is Evil!
Imagine a widely used and expensive prescription drug that promised to make us beautiful but didn’t. Instead the drug had frequent, serious side effects: It induced stupidity, turned everyone into bores, wasted time, and degraded the quality and credibility of communication. These side effects would rightly lead to a worldwide product recall.
Students take the initiative to improve the lesson by (1) modifying a learning task to make it more meaningful or relevant to their needs, (2) suggesting modifications to the grouping patterns used, and/or (3) suggesting modifications or additions to the materials being used.
Students have an opportunity for reflection and closure on the lesson to consolidate their understanding.
Students are asked to write an essay in the style of Hemmingway and to describe which aspects of his style they have incorporated.
Students determine which of several tools—e.g., a protractor, spreadsheet, or graphing calculator—would be most suitable to solve a math problem.
A student asks whether they might remain in their small groups to complete another section of the activity, rather than work independently.
Students identify or create their own learning materials.
Students summarize their learning from the lesson.
Post to Our Session Parking Lot
A Padlet parking lot is a great place for students/teachers to post ideas asynchronously
Let’s look at our audience. A good presenter should know their audience. Last time I noticed, I was presenting to humans. John Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory details the limitations of the human mind to hold discrete pieces of information in short-term memory. Explore more of John Sweller’s take on PowerPoint and it’s limitations in the PresentationZen.com post, Is it finally time to ditch PowerPoint? It is a must read. Supposedly, phone numbers are only 7 digits long because the mind can only hold seven pieces of information in short term memory, plus or minus two numbers depending on other variables according to George A. Miller . There are strategies like “Chunking“, an idea that we can more efficiently use short-term memory, but in general we are limited by what we can absorb in a short period of time. Something to consider when presenting to homo sapiens.
Limitation By Design
I know when I started working with PowerPoint I was excited to build beautiful templates and have all kinds of cool effects happen during slide transitions. Getting the ornate 3D charts and graphs to represent my data seemed like the thing to do. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out this wizardry just to find out that it actually distracts from my presentation’s message. The templates are worse for your presentation than starting with a simple plain layout.
Stand and Deliver
Forgive me, I have sinned. I used to “talk to my slides” during presentation. Reading them word for word is the ultimate way to kill your audience’s interest in your topic. How we interact with the information on the screen can either add or detract from the colors, fonts and images in the slides. Kathy Sierra details great advice and cites resources to improve presentations in her blog entry; Stop your presentation before it kills again! Something else to consider, we are emotional creatures. Use this in your presentation. Seth Godin comments in his post, Really Bad PowerPoint supports this; no emotion, no connection.