While I was at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference yesterday, I had a chance to see a presentation given by a wonderful teacher. John Fladd is an eighth-grade social studies teacher at the Deerfield Community School, in Deerfield, NH. He gave a talk called “Inspiring PowerPoints – NOT an Oxymoron,” during which he showed us a large variety of PowerPoint presentations which he uses with his students. These presentations all use sound, video and many many wonderful images to bring to life the topics that he teaches, and to do it with a theatrical flair and a great sense of humor.
On his blog, Teacher Toys, John has created a page with quite a number of links and resources that he uses in creating presentations. If you use PowerPoint with any regularity, take a look at his page, I suspect that you’ll find quite a number of useful things. It’s at http://teachertoys.weebly.com/nelms.html.
John opened his presentation with a YouTube video by comedian Don McMillan which does an amazingly good, and amazingly funny job of demonstrating the problems of so many PowerPoint presentations. Watch it now, just make sure you’re not drinking anything you could spit out all over your keyboard when you break out laughing.
When I googled to find Don’s website, I discovered that he has a brand-new version of his Life After Death By PowerPoint video which you can watch on his site. I actually think I like the original version a little bit better, but there is some great new bits in the new version. Check it out at http://www.technicallyfunny.com/blog/blogdon.htm