For the first time in my life, I made a Powerpoint presentation. Look, here it is:
I have always hated Powerpoint. I tend to agree with the observation that Powerpoint is evil. Steve Simon lists the many critics of Powerpoint, and it does have its defenders, such as Don Norman. It seems everyone’s a critic. I’m a critic, too. I’ve had to endure far too many meetings during which ghastly, boring, Powerpoint presentations are trotted out, requiring you to stare at a screen on which is the complete text of whatever it is the speaker is droning on about: look, either simply hand out your speech, or eliminate the Powerpoint, or just flash through the Powerpoint and shut up! Not to mention people who freeze up if their Powerpoint fails to work as programmed.
But after viewing the presentations of Steve Jobs, and articles such as Presentation Zen’s Gates, Jobs, & The Zen Aesthetic, widely discussed and linked to, I changed my mind. It helped that Apple has had Keynote, its own presentation software, for a year now. I have a visceral reaction to most Microsoft programs (though I still haven’t weaned myself away from Word and Entourage): I found Powerpoint particularly unpleasant to use. Keynote is another story altogether.
With the help of this student’s guide for using Keynote, I managed to whip together the Keynote presentation I exported to Powerpoint (above).
This leads to my column for today, which is Learning and teaching through the internet.
And, as I told the teachers in Baguio and mentioned in my column, here’s a rundown of the websites and blogs I mentioned during my talk:
The definition of critical thinking that I used came from the Public Speaking Glossary. Also, check out Critical Thinking Community and Critical Thinking Web with online tutorials.
Then, there’s Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. I pointed to Wikipedia as the source of the definition of ICT I used.
Research examples: these were examples I used to illustrate the vast research potential of the Internet:
Philippine Photographs Digital Archive
The Philippine Revolution by Apolinario Mabini (the Leon Ma. Guerrero translation); there is also a Tagalog translation, Himagsikang Pilipino.
For the use of information technology for collaborative work, I pointed to Writely (which I discovered via The New Web).
Examples of sharing:
The Edsa Revolution Website
Rizal: His Masterpieces
Chris Sundita’s Salita Blog
For examples of adding to the knowledge base:
The Philippine Presidency Project
Examples of “unleashed thinkers”:
Mga Turo ni Tito Rolly
Ang Tambayan ni Paeng
How ICT can make you a better teacher:
I gave them the example of Mila Aguilar and her blog for her Students of English. Her own thoughts and poetry, as well as the papers submitted by her students, are featured in the blog.
Incidentally, a good guide for public speaking is Guy Kawasaki’s How to get a standing ovation.