Art in front of your eyes

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This week 4, it was all about how we redesign a previous task to make it more efficiently and not boring. That’s the reason I have chosen that title!

Art in front of our eyes

As a school librarian, I work with teachers, students, and parents. Usually, our topics are boring. Even though the quality of the content and the importance of the messages. Topics can be boring. Going through the readings and videos of this course, I realized the importance of how we do things. How we plan our presentations, the importance of the design and how creativity plays a huge role.

We are creating masterpieces to impact our audience. The message should impact them to be remembered. Otherwise, our target audience won’t remember the message. Our communication isn’t going to be effective.

My task:

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I decided to improve my presentation #1 about academic honesty and writing. I have done it for grade 9 and 10 students. Based on the information on this presentation, I have created an infographic. It was simple but effective. Even more than the presentation because it was shared with the students and they could easily check the steps and independently do their writing task and avoid misuse of information.

Presentation #1 (Before)

Presentation #2 (After)

“We are storytelling animal. We are not bullet-point memorising animal”

Garr Reynolds

Going through the readings and videos changed all my ideas and concepts about presentations. Most of the time, I use to think while writing, choose a design, add photos, review it, and finish it.

What have I learned this week?:

  1. From David JP Phillips on How to avoid death by Powerpoint:
    • One message per slide (simple)
    • Not full text: sentences (we are presenting!)
    • The headlines should be smaller than the text (attention effect)
    • Contrast: control your focus point.
    • A presentation is your visual aid, you are the presentation!
    • No more than 6 objects per slides, no white backgrounds
    • No limit of slides.
  2. From Garr Reynolds on What is a good presentation design:
    • We should have a good knowledge of the place and circumstances, and the content and context of the presentation. Only with that previous knowledge, we will be able to say that it ‘appropriate’ or ‘inappropriate’.
    • It should be simple according to the content and context.
    • One message per slide.
    • Design your slides first.
  3. From Garr Reynolds on 10 tips for a presentation: why storytelling matters
    • Use post-its to plan.
    • Put people first (your audience)
    • Structure: beginning-middle-end.
    • Have a clear message (your story is there story)
    • Everything has a reason (less is more)
    • Show a change, make something unexpected
    • Be authentic, start with a bang!

My take-away:

  • Plan before write.
  • The message shall be very clear and structured.
  • Use post-its to summarize ideas and make them simple.
  • Avoid the use of many photos.
  • Plan based on your target audience (age, place, purpose of the session)
  • The presentation is my visual-aid.
  • One message per slide, no more than 6 sentences.
  • My challenge: make it a story

Taking action:

1. Print the slides of my presentation to work on the content.
2. Find out the main ideas based on the purpose of the presentation.

3. Presentation 2.0

Here you can find my new presentation:

A final reflection:

This week has changed my approach to effective presentations. From planning to presenting, all begins with clear ideas, purpose, target group, place, and context. Keep it simple!.

Something that I would like to improve it’s the story part. It’s my challenge but I think that with practice I will improve!

I have the opportunity to lead ‘Professional Development’ sessions to teachers at the school. This is an opportunity to talk about visual aids and their impact in the community.

How can YOU improve your visual aids?

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