Today we have a giveaway!  Read on for more details…

Do you still use powerpoint in your school?  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say that they use technology and, when asked for an example, they state that they use powerpoint.  Here’s the problem with that: powerpoint is dead.  That sounds really harsh.  Let me scratch that and try again: traditional powerpoint is dead.  You know the kind I mean.  Those powerpoints where you have a stark slide with 12 bulleted ideas listed.  Or the ones with paragraphs of text next to a cutesy image.  Even if it’s dressed up a little bit with a nice font and a pre-selected template from the menu on your toolbar, at it’s core its still just a powerpoint.  You don’t like attending presentations where they use this format and trust me, neither do your students.

What’s even more striking is the amazing opportunity to take powerpoints and transform them into something magical – something that truly conveys your message.  Whether that be a lesson for the day or a presentation to your staff, it’s all about communication.  Did you know that the US Army conducted a study and found that powerpoints actually made their staff “stupid”?  It’s true.  All of those bullets and text…people get lost in the jargon or they are so busy reading your presentation that they aren’t listening to anything that you’re really saying.  And believe me – what you’re really interested in saying and communicating isn’t in a bullet on a slide.  It’s a story.

When you present (or when you leave a presentation from someone else truly excited about their message), your whole goal is to leave your audience with a captivating story that makes a connection to them on some personal level.  Anytime you present information, this should be your goal.  When I get ready to present to teachers, students, administrators or other audiences, I think about who my demographic is in the room and what story I can tell them that will both meet them where they are and push them to think beyond themselves.

And yes, I may use a powerpoint platform for my delivery, but I am intentional in how to make that powerpoint presentation a transformative experience.  That means creating a template using a specific color scheme that will invoke the feeling I want them to have, using text that conveys the brand I’m trying to sell in that presentation, cultivating a library of high-quality images that can speak the message for me and limiting my words on the screen to short bursts of one-word synopses.

All of this is critical when we are trying to capture and engage our students or audience in an integrative experience.  We want them to feel like they are a part of the lesson – a critical part – that we are selling.  You can do this through shifting the way you use and create powerpoint presentations, or by using other platforms like Prezi and Sliderocket.   I believe whole-heartedly that we can no longer afford to kill our students and teachers with traditional powerpoint presentations.  We should cause the death of powerpoints right here, right now.  So that brings us to today’s fabulous giveaway:

The Death of Powerpoint, Education Closet

 

This book changed the way I looked at presenting forever.  It is a must-read by author Nancy Duarte who has created presentations for Google, Apple, Target, TED and many more innovative companies.  And I want other people to share in this experience.  So here’s how you enter:

1. Write a comment below on an experience you’ve had with powerpoint presentations (good or bad)…. OR

2. Share this post with your followers on Facebook/Twitter and then go to our Facebook page and let us know you’ve shared the love.

All entries will be placed into a random name generator and the winner will be announced next week.  Good luck!