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Poetry on Record

Inspired by Poetry, Performance & Taylor Mali and Beyond…, 8th grade Humanities teacher Shannon Hancock coached her students to create their own original “Mali Poem”and record a visual and vocal performance.

I joined the class to give a brief overview of presentation design. I used selected slides from my slidedeck below to talk about image quality, typography, white spaces, metaphors, rules of third, etc.

What type of tools could students choose from to heighten the message of their original writing with sound effects, vocal effects, music and images?

Movie Editor &  Presentation Tool Combination

  • First start out by creating slides in a presentation tool, such as Haiku Deck (web based or on the iPad), keynote or PowerPoint. Add relevant images that represent and support your poem mood,  text and message. Haiku Deck will automatically search within the Creative Commons domain for images and add the proper attribution citations on each slide for you. If you are using another program, search for Creative Commons, Public Domain images and give proper attribution for each image used. As always, you are encouraged to take your own images to use.
  • Keep presentation design principles in mind: more image, less text, rules of third, quality images (high resolution photographs)
  • Export the slides as individual images. When in Haiku Deck, export as a PowerPoint File, then save as jpegs (all slides). You can also take screenshots of each individual slide and save as images.
  • Drag and drop exported images into movie editor software (iMovie or Movie Maker) timeline
  • Add transitions, sound effects, voice recording, music
  • Export movie project as a movie file
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In HaikuDeck
Enter text, Search and choose images, Select a layout for your text

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In PowerPoint or Keynote
Export individual slides as images

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Under option, choose “Save Every Slide”

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Animoto, Voice Recording & Presentation Tool Combination ( Animoto is limited to a 30 second video as part of the free version)

  • First start out by creating slides in a presentation tool, such as Haiku Deck (web based or on the iPad), keynote or PowerPoint. Add relevant images that represent and support your poem mood,  text and message. 
  • Keep presentation design principles in mind: more image, less text, rules of third, quality images (high resolution photographs)
  • Export the slides as individual images.
  • Upload images to Animoto (note how long the video clip ended up being)
  • Record an MP3 file (ex. Audacity, Garageband, etc.) of you reading your poem (make sure the length of your recording is the same length as the video clip)
  • Before you produce Video, click on pre-chosen song and then choose to upload your own “song”(audio file)
  • Produce video

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In the end, all students chose not to use Animoto due to the length of video limitation. Haiku Deck was a big success, since looking for quality images and the citation was made easy ( I wish many more web 2.0 tools, would make it as easy as Haiku Deck to observe copyright while not sacrificing the quality of the images)

Embed Visuals into Teaching and Learning- Part 2

In another post, Embedding Visuals Into Teaching and Learning, I looked at ways to support our students’ ability to navigate a media rich world and “read and write” in that world. I shared how teachers could easily and quickly create visuals, that supported a question they wanted students to explore, break up long and monotone passages of text, review a concept discussed abstractly or make a real life connection.

Wonderopolis is a fascinating site with great visual prompts for you to “hook” students into inquiry and further research.

Wonderopolis

There are over 800 visual prompts from many many categories to choose from and even the option to submit your own “wonder to be included”. (This could be a great activity for your students to prepare submissions)

Each prompt has a video, vocabulary words, further resources and a Did you Know section. Try it out… this is a great way (something for all grade levels) to promote visual literacy, reflective writing and inquiry.

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The second  site, I wanted to recommend is Visual Writing Prompts, which have been categorized by subjects:

and by type:

Visual Writing Prompts

The site is a wonderful inspiration of how to bring in visuals to “spicen” up or jump start students’ interest.
Jon Spencer, one of the creators  shares important considerations in a post Ten Thoughts About Photo Prompts.

Don’t stop by just reading about these two sites, take the next step and include visual prompts in your class… or if you already have.. take the next step and SHARE and REFLECT transparently. We need more examples from the classroom!

Presentation21 Makeover

Nowadays, public speakers, consultant or conference workshop leaders are not the only ones “presenting” to an audience. Kindergarten students are becoming presenters, as they are showing their work to a global audience on platforms such as their classroom blog or even their own blogfolios. In the age of youTube, Flickr and Slideshare, anyone can be a presenter with a click of an upload button.

Since “PowerPoint” made its debut in 1990, many assignments in schools have shifted to include a “presentation”. From the dreaded group project that needed to be presented in a college class…to first graders who are presenting an insect project to an audience of proud parents…to professors and teachers who will lecture endlessly by reading text from the slides that are being projected on the big screen.

Needless to say templates, text bullets, clipart and clashing colors are abundant in these “presentations”. My visual soul is in pure agony. :)

I am here to DEMAND a Presentation Makeover for the 21st Century! (It looks like that I am NOT the only one either. Just search for Presentation Makeover on Slideshare...)

Transparency projectors are a thing of the past. Students are accustomed to visuals beyond text.

All educators should be familiar with the basics of good presentation design.

In turn, as teachers, we are responsible to teach basic design concept to our students as they are creating and sharing more and more of their work.

Let’s teach students (and model for them in our own presentations) the following three basic points:

Less Text… More Visuals… More Storytelling

Presentation Makeover

I was fortunate to have Joy Kirr in the audience at my recent workshop of Presentation21 Makeover at BLC12 in Boston. She reflected on her “take-aways” in a post titled “Pictures ARE Worth a Thousand Words“. (Thank you Joy!  Your feedback is incredibly valuable.)

The biggest lesson I learned – Forget bullet points. The photograph is the most important part. The photograph is what the audience will remember. You have to figure out – what is your message?

Silvia had some stunning photographs – some she’d taken from other sites (and given credit, of course!), and others she had taken herself.  One question everyone was thinking was raised – where do you get your photographs? Sylvia had a slide with sites to search, but what my brain heard, from all she was describing… “I’ve been taking my own.”

The more visuals I create for presentations, workshops or my blog, the more I gain satisfaction in taking my own photographs to create these images and slides. It is not only the money I save in paying for stock images, but it is also the different way I think about my message and what I want to convey to my audience. I believe that is a valuable process to go through as a presenter and communicator of ideas and worthwhile to explore with students. (Note to self: Think of offering and teaching a “Photography for Presentation Slides & Design” class)

Take a look a the few example of slides with images that I have taken. Consider the following:

  • the “feeling” of the image”
  • bleeding image off the page (Ex. Students as Presenters slide)
  • using a metaphor- A footprint as your activities on the Internet (the “Digital Footprint” image was photoshopped)
  • the depth of field (take a look at the “Big Lens” app for the iPad to add depth of field to your images, ex. the “iPads in Education” slide)
  • the intentional white space or lighter color on the photograph to accommodate text  (Ex. “Will Cursive Writing Look Like Hieroglyphics…”)
  • the text boxes added for contrast (Ex. “Building a Positive Digital Footprint”)
  • the typography (font/color/angle of text)
  • cropping of images to bring focus to a particular area (Ex. “How do we Read?”)

 

I also created a checklist below with the following points in mind to “upgrade” presentation slides:

  • quality images
  • storytelling, quotes and metaphor
  • typography
  • design

You can also download the  Presentation21-Makeover Checklist as a pdf file.

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Inspired by Poetry, Performance & Taylor Mali and Beyond…, 8th grade Humanities teacher Shannon Hancock coached her students to create their own original “Mali Poem”and record a visual and vocal performance. I joined the class to give a brief overview of presentation design. I used selected slides from my slidedeck below to …

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