I was asked to co-present to our staff tomorrow during institute day. An Introduction to Web 2.0.
The Academic Technology Coordinator and I met last week and decided to start slowly. We’re not making the Kool-Aid. Baby steps. We decided to show them just a few sites, to talk about how they can use these sites for themselves. We aren’t asking anyone to dive into classroom use. I was supposed to be there to talk about how these things have helped me. Ideas I’ve gotten from reading blogs. How I use del.icio.us. I was okay with that. Then she sent me her PowerPoint. A year ago I would have thought is was fine. When I opened it four days ago, I cringed. The content was fine. The design? Not so much. Too many words per slide. Clipart – there was clipart. In a Web 2.0 presentation. *sigh*1
I’ve spent about 10 hours reworking the whole thing. Less words, more images. Searching flickr. Looking at what others have done on SlideShare.2 Asking for sites on Twitter. Thinking about the goal of each slide. Getting feedback (and borrowing ideas from) my student aide.3
10 hours. Probably another 4 to go. And I still won’t be happy with the final result. *grumble* darn people teaching me about design4 .
1 She is a wonderful ATC. We are very lucky to have her in our building.
3Apparently I can no longer write a complete sentence. Or one that is over 140 characters. For this I blame Twitter. I take no personal responsibility.
4 This rant has been brought to you by a frustrated, tired, overwhelmed first-year teacher. In reality, I really do value all that I have learned from the edu-blogo-twitter-verse-sphere-whatever-you-we-are. Thank you. Now I’m going to get more coffee. This may not be a good idea.