The act of contemplation
So you are telling me not all templates are created equal?
As you can see from my back to school night introductory presentation I used a template to make this slideshow. It was a Keynote slideshow originally, utilizing a template called….wait for it….Editorial. Albeit the content on the presentation was editorial in nature there I was templating a poorly organized presentation I was going to give to parents as my first impression. Eek! What would my student’s have thought?
Changes to be Made
1. Change out the colour and go black and white – for the bones of it that is!
2. Images, images, images – it is an art class after all
3. Go the route of the information sheet – albeit in a different way. The QR version.
4. Parents came to meet you – not your presentation!
Inspiration for the Changes
1. Frank Curkovic and Noah Katz – these gentlemen are doing it right! Their work has inspired me to embrace the simplicity of black and white, high contrast, simple images, C.R.A.P infused presentations. Saw a presentation from Noah October 2013 at Learning2 – all he did was make the background black – presentation was seamless with the wall – small simple things.
2. Ok, I don’t really know what I was thinking here – 2 images of student work a bad screen shot of codeacademy and a family photo from the summer. There is so much wrong here. I was inspired again last year (sensing a theme) by a talk by Paula Guinto.
I realize that what makes this talk so great is the presentation – the human element. The way the images allow her to speak openly and freely make the presentation worth it! Really her talk was inspiration for part four as well. I came to know Paula through her presentation and this is what I loved about it. It could have been about any topic, but the way it was presented allowed me a glimpse of who she is, and I appreciate that very much!
3. The Zen Presentation video explains, and frankly we all knew, in the world of presentations – the minute you hand out a piece of paper – you become irrelevant. So with this in mind – and the fact that I post everything online through our school’s site – i figure that a QR code would work best as a means of disseminating static information that parents want to see, but don’t need me to read to them.
4. Connecting on the human level is so important – can’t say this enough.