Death by Powerpoint: The Must see Video

Next time I teach PowerPoint, I'm using this video!

It is on myspace, but as you see at the bottom, not appropriate to reference, but the video is more clear over there.

(Hat tip to iteachucomputers over at Jaiku — note I use twitku which pulls together twitter AND Jaiku).

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karyn Romeis June 7, 2007 - 2:35 pm

Brilliant! I have lost count of the number of times I have tried to make these points during both PowerPoint and presentation skills workshops! If I never see another bullet point again, it will be too soon!

Ryan Bretag June 9, 2007 - 8:45 pm

Hi Vicki:

I found that video to be great and created a bit of a mashup with it for an instructor at my school struggling with these concepts.

I originally found it on this great blog that you might find of interest:

Jim Gates June 21, 2007 - 4:04 pm

I just watched this video again and was reminded that I once did a presentation for a school district and I was asked if I was going to use powerpoint. I wasn’t, but asked why they would ask. I was told that it is IN THEIR CONTRACT that presenters may NOT read powerpoint slides to them.

I didn’t konw how to respond that bit of information. :-)

Vicki A. Davis June 22, 2007 - 9:55 pm

Karyn – Sometimes humor does more than all of the lectures we can give.

Ryan — I love Presentation zen — it is a great blog. I found it through twitter — someone twitted it. (Was it you?)

Jim — That is funny that the reading of powerpoint slides would be in their contract. WOW!

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