After all the readings and learning about designing a good presentation, I decided early on that my final project was going to be redoing my back to school night presentation (This was fresh on my mind from the most recent back to school night in early September).
I will admit, after reading Design with Better CRAP, I was a little nervous how I would pull off redoing an entire presentation when I was not very good at noticing the little details such as alignment, proximity, and contrast (Repetition is easier for me to notice). I attempted to think about CRAP more when I did my final presentation, but that was not my main focus. I remember the quote from Brain Rules slideshow,
We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%.
Looking back at the original presentation, there were very few visuals for the parents and that may explain why we had a lot of questions (and continue to have a lot of questions a month later). I decided to make sure I took pictures of what might work for a new presentations.
I also used some advice from the video Presentation Zen. I began to think about what the main goals were and what I wanted the parents to know. I realized that there is a lot of information that needs to be covered in the presentation, so I needed to focus on making each slide simple with pictures, bullets and make sure there were stories when necessary.
The idea of storytelling is simple when I am speaking to my audience, but I also needed to make sure that I can send the presentation to parents unable to make it and the back to school night. After watching few digital stories from The University of Houston’s, Digital Storytelling Webpage I figured I can make some videos and embed them in my presentation! I quickly learned making videos was not as easy as I’d expected, but I did attempt to make a video with Wevideo (after three long frustrating hours) and despite the fact that it isn’t the best video, I made sure to add it to my final presentation. I also use an app, Spark Video, to attempt making another video and I found this app to be a little easier to use (though still not the best video, it only took 45 minutes to create). So I now have two videos in my final presentation.
So in the end, the presentation went from being 9 slides to 18 slides, but most slides contain some form of visual, a few even tell a story and they are simple, quick and would take very little time to present. It is also a presentation that can understood by an audience that has to view it as an email attachment. I cannot explain all my decisions (the yellow seemed to stand out, so that’s why I used a yellow background), but I believe the final product would make more of a lasting impression.
Let me know what you think! I still have a year to fix it up for next September!
Original Back to School Slide Show
New Back to School Slide Show