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Holiday_Family_Entertainment__Multimedia_Slideshows

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									Holiday Family Entertainment: Multimedia Slideshows

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Summary:
Holidays should be a time for families to get together and catch up on
the past year. But, these days with so many distractions (Xbox,
Blackberries and iPods) it’s a lot harder to promote positive family
interaction. So when attention spans are short, headphones are on and
cell phones are ringing it might leave you asking what happened to that
Norman Rockwell family holiday? Unless you can compete with the latest
technology and stimulate all the senses there’s not much chance...


Keywords:
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holiday,christmas dinner


Article Body:
Holidays should be a time for families to get together and catch up on
the past year. But, these days with so many distractions (Xbox,
Blackberries and iPods) it’s a lot harder to promote positive family
interaction. So when attention spans are short, headphones are on and
cell phones are ringing it might leave you asking what happened to that
Norman Rockwell family holiday? Unless you can compete with the latest
technology and stimulate all the senses there’s not much chance of
hearing about winning the state championships or the camping trip to
Yellow Stone this summer.

The only answer is to bring technology and interaction into the holiday
by proposing a multimedia presentation contest. It might sound
extravagant and even impossible to you, but rest assured many school aged
children and teenagers know how to build slideshows in PowerPoint or even
produce a video on their computer. The best thing about having a family
multimedia presentation is that it’s a great activity that all ages can
enjoy together.

To keep it fun and creative ask the participants to build a photo
slideshow or video essay of what they what to share about their year.
This can include scanned photos, digital photos, or even video clips put
together in a computer presentation format that can be easily shared.
Since production could be time consuming make sure you give everyone
enough time to pull everything together. Also, if you have a large family
having a competition between family members adds more fun and excitement
to the gathering. If you don’t have a large family, having the kids put
together one large presentation works well.

A good way to set up the competition is to have the children of each
separate immediate family put together a presentation. This way you
ensure that everyone gets their turn and it builds a little friendly
competition. Scoring is easy; every presentation gets a score from one to
ten on the following three categories: content, production and
presentation skills. The one with the highest total score by adding up
all three categories wins. If you want to up the stakes you could even
handout family Oscars.

To make your family presentation more impactful try projecting the
presentation on a large wall using a PC projector or hook it up to a
large screen TV. These days family time is almost non-existent, a family
multimedia presentation is a good way to change that and who knows if
might even become a fun family tradition.

								
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