Last month the progression of using technology dealt with PowerPoint and creating links to additional information. The idea of “progression” is to give small steps of technology at a time and build towards getting comfortable with its use.
So from last month… we now have a PowerPoint Presentation, how do we present it!
If you are using PowerPoint on a screen with you speaking, use NOTES PAGE. At the bottom of each slide is a small section where you can click and add speaker notes. You can also get to this section by clicking on VIEW and then select Notes Page. The audience sees only the slide, but you can print out a page with the slide on top, and your speaker notes on the bottom. I have students copy/paste information in both the slide and note section. They then modify the slide to look the way they want. The second step is to go to the Note page and re-write the original words into their own words. When they talk in front of the class, they print out the Notes Page and reduce their stage fright and increase their speaking skills!!
If you are using the Internet, try Present.me There is a free and paid version. You will need a webcam, because this online program shows you on the screen talking while the slide is also on the screen! Or convert the simple presentation to a magazine using Calameo.com or Issuu.com. Turn pages while you progress through the presentation!
Where could you go with this information? What would the “next step” be? Where would you branch out of these steps and do something else with you and the technophobe? Which ones have you used?
I think a logical next step for some would be to use the presentation mode in PowerPoint so they can see their notes on screen while showing the slides to the audience. Another branch would be to look at good design practices for legibility, contrast and use of space.
Can't wait to see what other ideas are added.
Hmm. Never have used Presentation Mode on a PC. Here is a link showing how to set it up. Might be intimidating for the technophobe because it talks about multiple monitors. Is there a simpler way?
I do like having the notes on screen rather than on a printout. I guess it depends upon the layout of the room and tech available.
Presentation mode has been less intimidating to many teachers I help. They like seeing "notes" and upcoming slides as they present. I find it greatly reduces their fears of using PowerPoint.
I once had a presentation that had to be finished by a certain point in the program. Everyone else was using a timer with a big screen and I said I did not want the timer seen. They ran the timer in the background and were ready to turn it around at 5 seconds to go when I finished. EVERYONE came up to me and wanted to know how I could know exactly how much time I had used and then wanted me to share how to use Presentation mode.
I would recommend viewing some TED Talks. The speakers often use PowerPoint presentations. In what ways did the speakers use PowerPoint to complement what they were saying to their audience?
Not a TED Talk, but examples of what NOT to do:
The technophobe can see that simple slides can be very effective and that one does not need to be a technical expert to use PowerPoint effectively.
i do, sometimes, still use my paper notes. for me, it's always a combination of approaches. i have used, what is maybe presentation mode, on my Mac; though, honestly, it's just what comes up, when i show a presentation (i think)...ANYway, i LOVE it! however, i have found it is difficult for me to even stick to the times i have noted on the screen. this past summer, i typed up a schedule of times that i wanted to have completed particular parts of a presentation i was presenting for another department. this helped me immensely, as i could glance at the time list only and realize how far off track (or on) i was, when it came to time... of course, when it's someone else's presentation or content, it can be tougher to gauge time. i feel that when it's my own creation--that can sometimes help me know where i want to be w/i process or by the end more intuitively or naturally.
The Mac shows PowerPoint presentations using presentation mode. This option must be selected when presenting from a Windows computer. Like you, I often find my "planned times" do not accurately match reality. I appreciate your comment about using these times to show how far "off track" the presentation is. I also find presentations easier to do if I've created them myself.