Go Fix the Web! (A case for micropresentations)

I came across this really cool presentation that is also pretty funny. (hat tip StumbleVideo. (Don't be scared but it is about greasemonkey and firebug — cool tools.)

It is only 3 minutes long and yet I learned SO MUCH! Please watch it.

Here are my questions:

  1. Fix it, Don't Trash IT-
    Why don't we use scripts to “fix” the sites for education instead of blocking them? (Although now it is tough and perhaps onesie-twosie, certainly we could use some sort of script to help us with this. It just shows me it is possible so I'm thinking about it.)
  2. Micropresentations
    Why don't education conferences include sessions where people just get 3 minutes and 20 slides like this — and the slides autoadvance. I wonder how much we could smash into one presentation? How much could we cover. (And could we stand the energy?)

I think the presentation is great because it just conveys so much, it is humorous, and it is jam packed with information. What a great teacher!

But if we are to teach — this is a method of communication we should consider: Micropresentations.

We've seen the benefits of microblogging — it is time we looked at micropresentations! Could educators do it? Could our students do it? (Many already do but sans content.)

I'm just thinking about this fascinating idea and turning it over in my head!

What do you think of the idea of micropresentations? (And remember, six months a go, most of us thought twitter was a stupid idea too!)

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9 thoughts on “Go Fix the Web! (A case for micropresentations)

  1. it’s a great idea – not only for education but also for meetings and those dreaded “lunch-and-learn” sessions. We’ve begun instituting this: You have a 1-slide limit and 4 minutes.
    Interestingly enough, folks say that it takes them longer to prepare something like this than for a 60-minute/72-slide coma inducing drone.

  2. Something that will eventually be popular is a site that shows one minute videos, one after another in a stream, submitted by users.

    Watching the videos created by random strangers would would become addictive, trust me.

    Building a ‘friends’ or ‘subscribe’ feature into it – like twitter – would also be pretty neat. Not sure how that would best play – you’d probably want a toggle option to play them live as they’re submitted or to save them and watch them as a stream.

    This is something I’d build if I had the money, time, etc.

  3. @steve– Thank you for pointing this out. I hope we’ll do this at edubloggercon this year. I just blogged about what you did on my blogged and mentioned this year’s edubloggercon as well. (Somehow I had missed the sign up page!) Thank you! I hope we can plan a Classroom 2.0 LIVe workshop in Atlanta. I’d love to be a part there.

  4. First, I love the video – great information! I have used a few greasemonkey scripts with firefox (via lifehacker), but now I see ways to dabble in this myself.

    Fantastic case for micropresentations. Concise information is the future of education. Wonder if anyone has applied this in a classroom setting?

  5. Hello there

    Brilliant video and the micropresentation idea really works. I don’t know if you’ve come across the TeachMeet events we’ve been running in the UK, but the last couple (older ones have a different Wiki) have included seven minute micro-presentations (the longest allowed) and two minute nano-presentations. There’s some video from the most recent one in London (TeachMeet08 @ BETT) where you should be able to see the presentations in action.

    The idea is to see a load of cool ideas from teachers who are doing interesting stuff in as short a time as possible and then give people space to talk to each other about what they’ve seen. The TeachMeet events are great fun and I always come away with a head buzzing with new ideas.

  6. G’day Vicki,

    I’m glad that you enjoyed my video, I’m amazed and humbled at how popular it has been.

    In Australia we’ve been seeing a shift towards more lightning talks at our technical conferences, and with good reason; if you don’t like the current speaker, you know there’ll be a new one in just a few minutes.

    Part of the lightning talk success has been with the stage management. We have everyone’s slides pre-loaded onto the presentation machine (minimizing switch-over times), and a very visible count-down for each speaker. We also generally have a very active MC with a large cartoon-style hook with which pull speakers off-stage should they run overtime. As a speaker you know your time is short, and the audience is rewarded with amusing stage antics if you do.

    While I’ve seen a few advocates for each speaker only being allowed a “single slide”, I think this does more harm than good. A poor speaker can often be saved by their slides, whereas a good speaker will be able to really shine with their use.

    All the best,


  7. Hi Cool Cat! Love you blog, and found you via Beth Holmes’ props on LinkedIn… This is a great post, ever run across Lee LeFever? He is a very clever fellow that I ran across on YouTube that has fabulous little high energy micropresentations ala Google’s internal “presentlets”.

    A wonderfully playful mixture of analog and digital, humor, style and simplicity combined for pedagogical genius.

    Lee LeFever’s YouTube Homepage

    He’s go fun little snipets “in plain English” for web2.0 tech and CFLs, and a couple of other topics of interest. It’s inspired me to figure out how to edit my own videos to make complicated topics more approachable for the common “man”. 🙂

    I hope you enjoy, and keep up the good work!

    When I grow up I hope to go back to school so I can be a teacher! In the ‘tween time, I’m a FIRST! fanatic, but here’s my del.icio.us education links.

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