Posts Tagged ‘slideshare’
Embedded below is an excellent Slideshare on Why Technology is Failing in Schools. (Spoiler: The leadership, administration and pedagogy has not kept up.)
For any change to take place effectively, there must be shifts in leadership, adminstration, pedagogy and a whole host of other factors. But if there is one factor that can forge ahead without the support of the rest, it is changing the way teachers teach.
How might this happen? Shelley Blake offers a few clues as he shares how teachers might Stop Teaching.
The same message is delivered in different forms. One is an electronic slideshow and the other a simple digital narrative. Both raise (or imply) questions and both provide answers (sometimes for the other piece). It’s up to us to connect the dots.
Here is a learning approach that is about as old as when Man started cave drawings, but I think that it is just as relevant today.
I am looking forward to next week because I will be in Paro, Bhutan.
I will not be there on vacation. Instead, I will be there to conduct a workshop on educational Web 2.0 for teacher educators from Paro (in western Bhutan) and Samtse (in the south). This is part of a project by the Singapore International Foundation.
Here’s a draft of one of my presentations:
But I think I will take back more than I will give. After all, the Bhutanese were the first to come up with the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and I have much to learn.
As GNH was conceptualized in the days before broadband, I’ll try to blog, tweet and post photos when I can.
[image source, used under CC licence]
The original “PowerPoint kills” context was its use in the US military. PowerPoint was described as a tool that “stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making” and “can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control”. Some more choice quotes:
it ties up junior officers — referred to as PowerPoint Rangers — in the daily preparation of slides, be it for a Joint Staff meeting in Washington or for a platoon leader’s pre-mission combat briefing in a remote pocket of Afghanistan… Last year when a military Web site, Company Command, asked an Army platoon leader in Iraq, Lt. Sam Nuxoll, how he spent most of his time, he responded, “Making PowerPoint slides.” When pressed, he said he was serious.
But PowerPoint was not without its charms.
Senior officers say the program does come in handy when the goal is not imparting information, as in briefings for reporters. The news media sessions often last 25 minutes, with 5 minutes left at the end for questions from anyone still awake. Those types of PowerPoint presentations, Dr. Hammes said, are known as “hypnotizing chickens.”
PowerPoint tends to be used in a frontal, delivery-oriented way. Worse still, it is linear and bulleted by design. But teaching and learning are not always sequential. We should not to let the medium restrict a message. In the context of education, I’d add that the medium should not restrict multi-way communication and learning.
I am not saying that PowerPoint presentations cannot be effective. Many of the ones at Slideshare are testament to how good they can be (see the one above for practical tips and the one below as an example of visual design). The best ones often speak for themselves and the reason they do that is because their creators don’t restrict themselves to what PowerPoint does. It’s another example of how social and pedagogical affordances trump technical ones.
Give your beast permission to play and encourage it to do so!
Take home message: With online collaboration, the conversation itself is an artifact.
The phrase above has been attributed to Gina Trapani in the context of social productivity.
It’s arguably also the context for Seth Godin’s free e-book, What Matters Now.
The short book is essentially a mash-up of the thoughts of over 70 thinkers of our time. You can also read the book in the Slideshare embedded above.
Rodd Lucier presents what he thinks are ten current trends that are likely to affect teaching and learning. Here are some of my favourites:
- Right-brained thinking
- Cloud computing
- Creative commons
- Social learning
- Web 2.0
- Virtual worlds
He makes the presentation as a call-to-action to educators to implement change in their classrooms. I am glad that he is creating this awareness and facilitating change.
The changes have already started and collectively they are like an impending tsunami. Like a tsunami, the change is a destructive one. But it is a positive breaking down of old and irrelevant ways of doing things. As Stephen Heppell said at the end of the video below, it is “the death of education but the dawn of learning.”
You can brace yourself and drown in it for lack of preparation or you can take action and go with the flow.