This week on #BYOTchat, we welcome Aaron Smith @theartguy to lead us in a discussion of the elements and principles of well-designed content. Join us at 9PM ET on Thursday, January 22 for this informative and engaging discussion.
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PowerPoint: We love it, we hate it, we hate to love it, and we love to hate it. What was once a program that allowed us to say “LOOK, I’M INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY!” in a totally non-ironic fashion is now something that is as ubiquitous as an LCD projector. We force our students to sit through our PowerPoint presentations, then go to staff meetings where we sit through our administrators’ presentations, and then we go to trainings and conferences where we sit through EVEN MORE presentations. If we are truly masochistic, we even have our students make presentations that we and the rest of the class will sit through as well.
And most of them are done poorly.
You know what I’m talking about, to be sure. Perhaps you’ve seen a slide with five paragraphs of text, clip art that had nothing to do with the presentation, a different color scheme for on every slide, or my personal favorite: Lime green text on an orange background?
We can complain all day long about bad design, and I’m no exception to that rule. Poor design actually makes me angrier than a student playing a video game in my class that I HAVEN’T assigned. Unfortunately, other than the notable stress relief that comes from venting our frustrations we don’t end up in a better place for our efforts.
So instead, how about for this week’s #BYOTchat we talk about GOOD design.
We’ll cover PowerPoint, sure (like I said, it’s ubiquitous), but good digital design isn’t limited to a single app. A display style that helps a struggling reader is just as good on a PowerPoint as it is on a Keynote, Prezi, YouTube video, or even giant sheets of paper on which you’ve carefully written out everything with a permanent marker (you brave soul, you).
Oh, OK. You get to share ONE (1) PowerPoint horror story, but that’s it. Let’s spend more time talking about what works than we do about what doesn’t.