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Posted by Quinn Warnick April 15, 2011 Comments Off

I really enjoyed our discussion about the best and worst PowerPoint presentations you’ve ever seen. Next week, we’re going to extend that discussion by focusing on some specific strategies you can employ to make sure that your oral presentation doesn’t become one of the Worst Presentations Of All Time.

Before you come to class on Tuesday, please print out and read “The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint,” by Edward Tufte, and “In Defense of PowerPoint,” by Donald Norman. You can find PDF versions of both pieces on the Readings page. In class on Tuesday, we will look at a few more examples of successful and not-so-successful presentations, then work on converting your Pecha Kucha storyboards into a real PowerPoint file. Your homework for the weekend is to finish the storyboarding exercise and bring that completed document to class.

We will not meet on Thursday, due to the Easter break, but you should continue working to draft the script and find images for your Pecha Kucha presentation. A rough draft of your PowerPoint file will be due after we come back from Easter break (April 26).

Last but not least, all of the steps listed above are contingent upon your selection of a topic for the Unit #4 presentation. If you have not submitted your topic and received my approval, please email me ASAP.

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