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How to Create Presentations that Don’t Suck – Lifehacker

Image of the non-existent MS BulletPoint 2007 from s_p_a_c_e_m_a_n via flickr

Though the title of Lifehacker’s post is tasteless, it gets to the point: that too many presentations fail to have the impact they should. Too many teachers and professors, people who are professional communicators speaking to groups, do so not very well. The post covers five key problems and offers solutions for them:

  1. Too Many Ideas on One Slide

  2. Clichés and Clipart

  3. Lack of Emphasis

  4. Random Design Choices

  5. No Relationship to the Audience

So read up on how to reduce the suckage in your presentations!
How to Create Presentations that Don’t Suck – Lifehacker.

iPad app: iMuscle

The iMuscle App interface. Image courtesy 3d 4 Medical

The Unofficial Apple Weblog points to the iMuscle iPad app, saying it’s a “must for exercise aficionados.”

With iMuscle, users can select virtually any muscle in the human body and see a list of exercises and stretches for that muscle. However, that feature in itself is nothing new or groundbreaking as many apps do the same thing. What is unique about this app is that it uses the 3D Nova engine to show users animations of the exercises using a model with exposed musculature. Think Body Worlds brought to life.

In addition to more than 450 high-quality 3D animated exercises and stretches, you can create custom workouts and the app even supports multiple users. Anyone who is into sports training or rehabilitation science will immediately see the usefulness of this app. After all, instead of telling a client they need to work on their butt muscles, it’s a lot more helpful to tell them that they specifically need to work their glute med and be able to show them a 3D model of its anatomical location and what it looks like in action.

I haven’t used it; I’m only pointing to the article, but I would guess that the folks in our Kinesiology and Health department might find this of interest.

iPad Wireless HD mirroring

iPad2 screen mirrored wirelessly on an HDTV. This screenshot taken from the YouTube video demonstrating the hack

Well isn’t this interesting? A presenter can mirror the iPad screen wirelessly – what could teachers do with this? Very impressive, and apparently they spent only about $150.

Teachers and corporate presenters alike begged Apple for video mirroring capabilities for the iPad, and the company delivered the feature in the iPad 2. Apple’s solution still leaves users tied to a cord, however, so two employees at networking service provider Straight Up Technologies developed a simple hack to give their client wireless HDMI output and freedom of movement while sharing the iPad’s screen.

via iPad wireless HD mirroring hack makes for better presentations.

“Ins and Outs of Social Networking”

I gave a talk three weeks ago (omg time has flown) to the Atlanta chapter of MCA-I about social networking, and use of the web for building and maintaining connections with colleagues, peers, and clients. Below the jump are many many links to the sites we visited during the lively discussion.

Before I get to the mechanics of everything in this post, I want to say a bit about why to do all this, and it’s much more than “branding” yourself. I had not long before found a post on 3 Quarks Daily, a group blog on current affairs, about thinking and working in this new economy and this new century. It was a link to an interview and podcast with Seth Godin, an unconventional marketing consultant and author. In this service economy, most of us have to provide something unique—there are videographers and editors all over. To be successful, Godin asserts that we have do our work as an artist would, to add ourselves in essential ways to what we do. After listening to this podcast a few times, and starting to read his blog, I’ve tried to consciously bring more of that attitude to what I do, and I encourage you to do that as well, and tell the story of it through social media. Now, to the links:

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50 Best Blogs for Education Leaders | Online Universities

50 Best Blogs for Education Leaders | Online Universities.

An exhaustive list, nicely categorized, of blogs with valuable resources for policy makers, teachers, professors, grad students, educational technologists and anyone with a serious interest in where education is going.

Whether you want to be a teacher, principal or even an educational policy-maker, learning all you can about the field and how to be a more powerful leader while you’re still in college is essential. These blogs will fill you in on the latest news, provide inspiration, and ensure that you are up-to-date with the latest educational technologies so you can be the best education leader you can be.

LinkedIn for Teachers Resources

LinkedIn, Social Networking for Professionals
I’m working on resources for a Social Networking Workshop this weekend for Georgia State’s College of Education Alumni Club. I came across a great blog post that covers a lot of detail about LinkedIn, the focus of my talk. Kalinago English is Karenne Sylvester’s blog about teaching English around the world – she’s from the Caribbean and is now based in Stuttgart. Karenne Sylvester, LinkedIn maven and excellent resource Her post about LinkedIn for EFL teachers covers the ground so well for teachers, I’m going to base my talk on it with her permission. In addition, here’s her very good LinkedIn profile, too. Think of her profile and her blog as excellent examples of what social networking is for: an open and generous demonstration of expertise. It’s an invitation to you as well. If you invite the world, they might actually come—and then the sky’s the limit.

Thanks, Karenne!

Other great resources after the jump.

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