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I <3 PowerPoint.

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Session Three: Saturday 3:00pm–4:30pm
Room 207
Christina Jenkins
Affiliation: NYC iSchool + Parsons The New School for Design
Conversation Description:

Why do we use a language of bullets and arrows in our classrooms? I <3 PowerPoint argues that presenting is an art, and PowerPoint and its cousins need not be teacher-centric or deadly. Attendees will be inspired to transform their own presentations with karaoke, paper, music videos, comics and more.

This presentation is informed by the work of artists, designers and educators who have reconsidered the role of PowerPoint in our classrooms. We will discuss the ideas of David Byrne, Tim Gunn, Edward Tufte, Neil Postman and others who suggest that presentations can look and sound much different from how we are accustomed to understanding them.

The conversation will begin with a PowerPoint presentation that has been rendered into physical form. We will then use examples from classrooms across all grade levels and subjects to investigate how different presentation styles can fit different classroom needs, from delivering a lesson to defending an idea to telling a story. Attendees will practice these strategies during the session with a PowerPoint design challenge, and will conclude the workshop by presenting to each other.

This session focuses on PowerPoint because it's useful to use the constraints of a specific tool when brainstorming creative possibilities. However, attendees are welcome to move these ideas into whatever platform they're comfortable with.

"Particularly disturbing is the adoption of the PowerPoint cognitive style in our schools. Rather than learning to write a report using sentences, children are being taught how to formulate client pitches and infomercials." Edward Tufte, The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint

Conversational Practice:
This will be a workshop-style session, with attendees spending the majority of their time designing presentations, delivering them, and receiving feedback.


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