No Bullets allowed!

Ever since I went to Nancy White’s presentation last year I have not been able to use bullet points in PowerPoint presentations. Why? Because she told us bullets are out. It has become so bad that if I walk past someone at work using bullet points I will push them off their own machine, go into slide master and change the formatting to remove all traces of those nasty creatures. I get into some great discussions about why bullets are NOT allowed.

So bullets are now gone but I have not quite reached where people are going with the new look of PowerPoint Presentations (called Presentation 2.0). A very simplistic definition of presentation 2.0 is it involves changing the style so that images communicate most the message. Please read Vicki’s Tips and Insights into Presentation 2.0 for a much better understanding of what it is all about. Thanks Vicki for these great tips. BTW where is your Presentation 2.0 from NECC? 🙂

It was Gabriela who originally inspired me to want to do a Presentation 2.0 with her fantastic Web 2.0 in higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges presentation.

[slideshare id=50630&doc=gabriela-grosseck-cie-may-2007-bucharest-4221&w=425]

Since I am going to BarCamp this weekend I decided to give it a go. It has been really hard to decide what to do a presentation on and what level to pitch it at as participants will be both technical (programmers), educators and Web 2.0ers. So have chosen m-learning. Assumed basic knowledge only and kept the really short slides because only have 20 minutes (can always showcase resources on PDAs).

I plan to talk about the differences between how we use of e-learning/m-learning in VET compared to Universities to highlight why the various educational sectors will take different paths in m-learning. Based on the fact that BarCamp is an unconference, anything could happen and I may not even get an opportunity to present them – such is life. At least I practiced creating a Presentation 2.0.

The best aspect of Web 2.0 sites like Slideshare is that people are sharing their presentations and we are getting inspiration from each other. Check out my presentation is below (not in Gabriela’s league).

Selecting Images

Finding and choosing images that you are allowed to use is the hardest aspect. (Working out how to be creative is hard for me). My tip is to search flickr photos licensed by creative commons 2.0 using tags.

To Embed Slideshare in Edublogs

Change from Visual to Code then copy and paste the code for “Embed in WordPress.com”. Change back to Visual and save your post to see the presentation

Thanks to Philip for supplying the food platter to go with this presentation because every good presenter should bride the audience for a good response. 🙂

[slideshare id=70901&doc=mlearning-learning-on-the-go3689&w=425]

10 thoughts on “No Bullets allowed!

  1. Thanks for feedback Frances and Kathryn. Frances – you know Philip is saying the same thing but that is okay bring the food like Philip (especially Rocky Road and we are even).

    dswaters Reply

  2. […] with Frances and myself as support or called upon (I think!). She’s been hard at work developing her presentation (view it here), and has been chatting away on Twitter and IMing ideas between ourselves and the […]

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  3. That slide show is very pretty. So, I have to admit, I flicked through and looked in awe at the images, I didn’t actually read the text, I was too taken with the visuals. I promise to go back and read through now i’ve looked at the images.

    Alex Miller Reply

  4. I agree with you Sue that “Finding and choosing images that you are allowed to use is the hardest aspect.” It took me two days browsing Flickr to find images I can use.
    I like you slides (especially no. 4, 7 and 9)

    Gabriela Reply

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