Posted by: maf | July 16, 2008

Presentation Details

A logistical note for Saturday:

Remember that you have a lot of flexibility in how you present your Graphic to the class.  I know that some will be using Powerpoint, although that is not required.

(I would like to try out Slideshare instead, due to some chronic problems with Powerpoint files …)  And then GoogleDocs has a presentation tool as well.

If you are using Powerpoint, listen up:  the Sympodium system in room 119 has Office 2003 installed.  If your version is 2007, there may be problems.  Remedies:

  • Try saving “down” to the 2003 version, if this option is available in your Save As window.
  • The tech guys may install a patch convertor.  My experience with these has been pretty negative. Still, it may work.
  • Have a backup plan.

Backup plans could be:

  • Load on a laptop, which we can try to plug into the projection system (looks easy, but haven’t tried it.)
  • Load on a thumb drive, which can then be loaded onto somebody else’s laptop …
  • Have paper handouts of your graphic (not required, remember).  If you have printed notes in your own hand, then you can direct our attention on the hard copy.  (This is pretty fail safe, no electricity required – but trees and ink have to be sacrificed…)

As you know, I advocate always having a Plan B, no matter what the situation.

Please don’t feel like you have to “keep up with the Joneses” by producing a fancy presentation.  Figure out how you will be best comfortable and go with that (because slides do make many speakers organize their thoughts and thus be more comfortable in their presentations).  However, having a few people who don’t use formal presentations is a good way to vary the pace for the day.

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