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					A Presentation on Presentation

               Jim Levin

            Education Studies
    University of California, San Diego
              But first…
• 2020 visions
• Sign-up for July 18th Colloquium
  presentation times
• YouTube response to Jakey Toor’s posting
          Presentation hints
• PowerPoint hints
• Projection vs. overheads vs. handouts
• Too much text: PPT as an outline or set of
  headers, not the presentation
• Computer animation: the Good, the Bad &
  the Ugly
• Glaze, Gestures, & Movement
• Pointing: Pointed and Pointless
    Structure of a presentation
• Title slide
• Outline of the presentation slides
• Contact information slide
 Paper presentation differences
• For some audiences, you read your paper
• For some audiences, you talk from overhead
  transparencies or PowerPoint slides
      (find out which ahead of time)
                PPT slide design
• Bad backgrounds
• TOO MUCH TEXT on a slide
•   Too small

• Design hint: the "blur" test - squint your
  eyes and if the text can't be read, redesign

• Too many slides
     The Gettysburg PowerPoint
• and The Making of The Gettysburg PowerPoint
Computer animation: the Good,
    the Bad & the Ugly
• Slide builds: the temptations
• Slide builds: more normal
• Graphics: progressive hilighting
SDLC Senior Personnel
  Gaze, Gestures, & Movement
• Why turn your back on your audience?
• The "B" key, the "W" key, and keeping
  your audience awake
• Movement vs. pacing: attraction vs.
 Pointing: Pointed and Pointless
• Why I hate laser pointers - what's the point?
• Using the computer cursor
  – Why the web, Word, or the edit mode of
    PowerPoint is better than the presentation mode
    of PowerPoint
• Using a pen or your finger with overheads
• Another feature
           Overhead slides
• For settings without data projectors
• For audiences not used to PowerPoint
• As a backup
• If all else fails
• One idea: single page, double sided with the
  title slide, the ten most important content
  slides, and the contact information slide,
  printed six to a page from PowerPoint
• Aids to keeping on time: watches, timers,
  buzzers, etc.
• Aids to keeping on time: timekeepers, time
  cards http://edsserver.ucsd.edu/~jlevin/timecards/
• Practice, practice, practice
        Dealing with questions
• Why are they asking?
  –   They want to know?
  –   They want to know if you know?
  –   They want to impress the rest of the audience?
  –   They want to make you look bad?
  –   They want to make your theoretical position,
      your methodological position, your institution,
      etc. look bad

  – Don't take it personally
 What if they're not happy with
          your answer?
• Ask for clarification
• Try to answer again (but only once more)
• Defer until later
   What if you don't know the
• Compliment the asker "That's a good
• Clarify the question - did you mean…?
• Defer until later
Your presentations on July 18th
• Time: 20 minutes
  – 10 minutes for your research presentation (with
  – 5 minutes to show your video
  – 5 minutes for questions
• Order of PPT and video is your choice
Your presentations on July 18th
• No more than 10 slides (Rachel & Rusty's
• Storyboard your presentation (can use our
  video storyboard template)
           Overall principles
• Top down: what are your goals for the
  – For each slide, each transition, each graphic,
    each text element, does it contribute to your
    goals? If not, delete it.
            Overall principles
• Bottom up:
  – Gestalt principle: Similarity leads to grouping
  – Dimensions of similarity:
     •   Location
     •   Shape
     •   Color
     •   Size
     •   Sequence
     •   …
    For more information, contact:
              Jim Levin jalevin@ucsd.edu

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