Bad presentations seem to be the curse of our modern society. Everywhere we go, every job we have, every meeting we attend, we are surrounded by presentations -- and most of them are really bad. People standing in front reading the bullet points from a presentation full of bad, pixelated images and clip-art.
Here is a website that features unbelievably bad presentations:
How have we got stuck in such a bad presentation rut?
Well like most things, we can blame it on education <wink>.
If as teachers we present information in a bad manner, then we allow our students to make the same bad presentations then we are just perpetuating the problem. So as Captain Jean-Luc Picard said in Star Trek: First Contact, "The line must be drawn here!"
We must as teachers become better presenters ourselves and then in turn, accept nothing less from our students. Generations to come will thank us for this. So where do we start?
I recommended to my teachers the spotlight at Atomic Learning called Creating Engaging Presentation (link). Where they start by learning the basics of how to create their own presentations followed by some classroom projects that they can put into practice immediately. In this online course they can do it from any computer at their own time and pace. My presentations started to improve after the very first tutorial -- just ask my students.
So there you have it, I'm just trying to do my part to make the world a better place -- one presentation at a time, your grandkids will thank me.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School