Make Picture Composition Work for You

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American cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco has been credited with the following quote: “It is a visual world and people respond to visuals”. This fact along with the primary feature of presentation software, i.e., the ability to visualize information, leads to an increased need for suitable picture selection. In particular, we will concern ourselves with images that already have the …


How to Design TEDx Slides

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TEDx conferences and speakers in particular have created a new brand of presentations taking advantage of very specific public speaking and slide design skills. Carmine Gallo (Talk like TED, 2014) describes this new breed of public speaker as someone who: identifies his unique and meaningful connection to the topic and is a passionate presenter by default; tells stories to reach …

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Individually we are a drop, together we are an ocean

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Ryunosuke Satoro, the Japanese poet, put in words what we all feel and experience when we belong in a team, a group of people that share goals and thinking. It must be stated from the outset that as members of a team we do not, and should not, become, clones of each other. Instead, we bring our own individuality, uniqueness …


Rules of Thumb for Teachers

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Arule of thumb (RoT) is a general or approximate principle or procedure with broad application which is based on experience or practice. It is not meant to be reliable for or applicable to every situation, yet it is easily learned and easily applied. By the same token, a Teacher Rule of Thumb (TRoT) is an effective self evaluation filter that …


Principles of Persuasive Slide Design

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The main goal of a presentation is, among others, to inform, entertain, motivate, mobilise. In order to be effective, a presentation needs to be persuasive. In other words, it requires the power to cause to believe by appealing to reason, to understanding, to emotions. During a presentation the speaker uses verbal messages (i.e., speech) as well as non-verbal messages (i.e., …

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Advanced Image Search

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When searching for an image on the web chances are you will follow the steps below: Open your web browser. Type the key words in the search line. Press ENTER or click on SEARCH. Click on IMAGES at the top of the results page. So far, so good. However, there are other search tools that you may have missed, which …

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Image Search: Copyright and Creative Commons

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So you think you can search the internet for an image and then copy and paste it freely into your work? Well, not so simple. There are a number of legal – and moral- restrictions that govern copyright and protect intellectual property. At the same time there are tons of materials out there, not just images, which are free to …


How to Tell a Story

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AAccording to filmmaker Andrew Stanton, TED2012: “Storytelling is knowing your punch line. It is knowing your ending. It is knowing that whatever you are saying is leading to one goal and ideally confirming some truth that deepens our understanding of who we are as human beings. Storytelling is about making me care!” According to Scott McCloud, TED 2005: “There is …


How are Presentations and Infographics related?

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In his 1983 pioneering work on data visualization, Edward Tufte defines infographics -graphical displays- as presentations which should: “Show the data; induce the viewer to think about the substance rather than about methodology, graphic design, the technology of graphic production or something else; avoid distorting what the data have to say; present many numbers in a small space; make large …


The Blueprint for Creative Presentations

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Ablueprint is defined as the original plan or prototype which influences subsequent design or practice (Collins English Dictionary). Whether creating a presentation for the first or the hundredth time it is important to remember the basic principles that an effective presentation makes use of. To begin with keep in mind that expert knowledge of the relevant software does not make …