Just a few examples of our
"Behind the Screen"
The power in these lie with their
levels, detail, animation, and video.
As such, a screen capture
hardly does it justice.
Since 2012, we have done a number of talks at educator conventions, and run workshops on a variety of topics. Most of these are designed to be hands-on, and those who attend will get far more out of the presentation if they have a laptop or other computer handy.
We have done talks and workshops on the following topics, and these can be compressed or expanded, as needed for time. Generally, each workshop topic takes 1 - 1.5 hours to go through. This allows time for detailed explanation, demonstration, hands-on time/testing, and questions.
Our key topics (currently):
Engaging all students
- Raising the bar for visual components and layouts
- Video clips and how to use them
- Embedding animations
- Comparative video and multiple perspectives
- Creating, editing, sizing, and controlling clips within your presentation
- Tools for conversion, download, and implimentation
- Best locations and resources for materials
Working with Layers, Transparencies, and Advanced Animation in PowerPoint
- Standard PowerPoint tools, presentations, and their weaknesses
- Working with layers and transparencies to give presentations depth
- The power of surprise and the unexpected
- Working with advanced animation tools
- Editing and preparing images
- Resources and where to best find them
The Interactive Classroom
- Engaging all students in the discussion
- Drawing in the silent student
- Monitoring and tracking student participation and input, using a variety of methods
- Existing tools for classroom polling, responses, brainstorming, and checking for understanding
- Utilizing the computers in your students' pockets, in a controlled manner
- Weaknesses and strengths in a variety of approaches
- Embedding polls and other interactive content in your presentations
Here is what a few educators had to say about our workshops and talks over the past several years:
"That was simply excellent."
"Very useful, and the tools were great."
"Lots to try."
"I had no idea you could do all this stuff in PowerPoint. Going to give a bunch of this a try."
"The polling system seems great, and your way of using it makes sense."
"Excellent samples, and I appreciate the tools and resources you made available."
"This should have been the keynote."
"I catch your workshop every year, and it never dissapoints."
"I am going to start small and try some of what you detailed here. There's almost too much to dive into, but I will start small and build from there."
"Run this same one again next year. I'd love to get a refresher after trying it for a while."