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September 4th, 2007
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On a cheerier, more professional note ...
Pecha Kucha: Get to the PowerPoint in 20 Slides Then Sit The Hell Down (from Wired)

This is incredibly cool.  The use (and misuse) of PowerPoint is something that fascinates me; I have a collection of links in my buffer about the proper uses of PowerPoint.  One of these days, I want to put together a workshop on the proper use (or not) of PowerPoint.

Pecha Kucha appears to be much like the notion of "inventions" in music: exercises that are primarily intended as exercises to teach one skills, not intended as public performances.  I'm not sure that Pecha Kucha is the way to do formal presentations ... but I'm sorely tempted to make my students do their oral presentations in this format.

(For those of you I've just sent into panic ... no, I'm not going to do it this term.)

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Date:September 4th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Power corrupts.

PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.
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Date:September 4th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
Just because the timing seems right, I wanted to share a good example on misuse of power point. My group at work is currently developing a new system which is scheduled to go live in mid-October. The business side decided they wanted to put up a basic HTML site as an advertising tool in early September in preparation for the launch. This all sounded well and good, until they decided that the website would be developed in power point (*cringe*). Of course, we had to convert it to to HTML, and the built-in converters will not generate proper HTML code for any browser other than IE.
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Date:September 4th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
that just makes my brain hurt. Why would they not let the proper people handle that?
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Date:September 4th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
I like the concept of Pecha-Kucha very much. I like my slides to be fairly minimal and sparse as a rule, allowing the audience to focus on what I'm saying, and not the nifty animated graphic I could be using.

As far as Daniel Pink's presentation went, though, I wasn't very impressed. It seemed like he had a lot of timing problems in his presentation. Often he would get ahead or behind his slides, which proved to be very distracting.

I think that if Pecha-Kucha were implemented correctly, it would be beautiful, however Pink's example was a poor one.
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Date:September 4th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Pink's video was more of a "proof-of-concept". I'm sure there are much more interesting examples out there. And, if anything, the poor example shows how difficult it is to actually do a good one.
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