Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Put Some Pizzazz in Your Presentations!

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"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public." George Jessel

Many storytellers also present workshops at conferences and schools around the country. While our presentations are interactive, there are times when we must and should take the opportunity to use available technology; it may further define our message and make the information easier for your audience to digest.

The next time you want to add a bit of techno-magic to your tales here are some sites I researched to help put some pizazz into your presentation. When you are ready to present, remember, it's EASY!

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You are the expert!

Beyond Bullet Points  – Telling a story with your presentation.
The Business of Storytelling
How to Present with PowerPoint

Choosing Colors for Your Presentation Slides

Choose the Right Colors in PowerPoint

What Are The Best Fonts for Making PowerPoint Presentation
The article is also accompanied by an excellent video presentation.

Relaxation Information - Included is an audio guide you through some relaxation exercises.

Just as there are many ways to give presentations, there are different styles of storytelling. Here are a few sites on combining the power of Oral Tradition with the digital era.

Center for Digital Storytelling
This California arts organization assists “young people and adults in using the tools of digital media to craft, record, and share the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve all our lives.”

Do History

From Harvard University, a virtual how to on piecing together fragments of the past using primary resources; step-by-step guidelines are also provided.

Information and resources, everything you need to help students craft a digital story.

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
Examples, tools, evaluations and more.

History Matters
Designed for high school and college teachers, and students it serves as a gateway to web resources offering materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence. An extra bonus is a host of resources to assist you in completing your own oral history project. For the main site go to:

In The First Person
Over 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world: personal narratives, letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories; a goldmine of information.

Lesson Plans for Digital Storytelling
A step by step guide, rubrics and additional resources.

Oral History Resources
My personal collection of websites gathered over the years.

Oral Tradition Journal
A fabulous resource you will return to again and again. The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at the University of Missouri has generously placed twenty-two years of their journal online. The site contains nearly 500 articles and 10,000 pages with the contents downloadable as pdf files. The site is also searchable by keyword or author name. Digital Storytelling Meets the Common Core

Using Technology to Tell Stories
Create your own digital storytelling project. The site includes a step by step guide, examples of digital storytelling, rubrics assessment, lesson plans and additional web links. In no time at all you will be saying, “It’s a wrap!” 

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