Essential Question: How can visual presentations effectively communicate a message?

I think if you asked any member of staff in our school about presentation design they would know that it should include powerful images, minimal text, thematic colours, few (zero?) transitions/animations. Right? And yet each week in the classrooms, meeting rooms, and assembly auditoriums, I am witness to Times New Roman on a white background. Teachers and administrators need to lead by example when they present and we also need to find time to explicitly teach our students about how to effectively communicate through a presentation format. So this week we build on our understanding of visual literacy and apply it to presentation design. The task is to reflect on presentations that we have made (or perhaps a process where you asked students to make presentations?) and write about what you could have done better/differently. It’s a great opportunity for some open and honest reflection – if you are up for it – I remember this week and a particularly gruesome presentation of mine that needed some reworking (I wrote about it here).

Lots of great readings this week to get you thinking about presentation design but I think the comedic approach from Don McMillan is a wonderful place to start. Does he mention any of your presentations habits?

To the week 3 reading list I would also add www.slidescarnival.com as an awesome resource not only for great themes and templates but also for the hints and presentation tips that are delivered on their template slides. If you have a little more time this TEDxStockholmSalon talk from David Phillips is great and this video from The Cult of Pedagogy is a perfect Course 3 Week 3 reflection example. Below you can see Jeff Utecht and Kim Cofino as they share their thoughts and examples on how to deliver a great presentation.

By the End of Week 3

  • 3 (*Edit – this did say 2 last week, sorry!) blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • Remember as a part of your GET certification it is important to start trying to incorporate ways you are planning training for your colleagues and using GSuite tools in your daily work
  • 3 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • You are encouraged to comment more, but only log one per week. 
  • Please continue to check for and approve all comments on your own blog (and respond to them!).
  • Start (or continue) to think about your project for this course. If you wanted to propose a project that isn’t listed please let me know!
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