Showing posts with label Ken Shelton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ken Shelton. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why Visuals Matter In Storytelling

I've had the pleasure of seeing Ken Shelton present on a number of occasions. Each time he has had superbly designed slidedecks. I've used many of Ken's presentation design tips in my own presentations over the last year and I think they've helped make my slides better. Recently, Ken shared with me a slidedeck that he made about the use of visuals in storytelling. He made the presentation on Haiku Deck and you can view it here or view it below.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Applications for Education
One of the things that I love about Haiku Deck is that it intentionally limits students ability to add lots of text to their slides. This in turn makes them focus on the use of visuals. Ken's Haiku Deck presentation can be an instructive model for your students.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How Did You Do That So Quickly?

Image credit: Future Shape
A couple of weeks ago my friend Ken Shelton gave me a call and we ended up having one of those long conversations that ranged all over the place for an hour. Part of our conversation drifted to the importance of continuously trying new things. A question that I'm often asked and one that anyone who does tech PD often hears is, " how did you do that so quickly." A similar question is, "how do you figure this out so quickly?" The answer to both questions has the same root. I spend a lot of time trying new apps and websites. The more apps and resources that I try the more similarities I find between them which in turn allows me to figure out how they work relatively quickly.

I'm not telling you to go out and spend hours trying new apps every day. But make it a habit to try one or two new apps or websites every week. The benefit of doing this is that slowly but surely you will find it takes less time to figure out new apps and websites. You'll also be building a play book of resources that you can draw from when you're planning your lessons. As Ken said to me, "how do coaches figure out which plays go into their play books? They try lots of things in practice and use the ones that work best in each situation."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thanks to Ken Shelton My Slides Have Improved

Ken Shelton surrounded by
kids after his NCTIES keynote.
I have given dozens of presentations over the last year, thank you to everyone that has invited me to do so, and although the topics of the talks are similar I do mix up some of the tools I mention in each one. I also change up the slides a little bit for each talk. While my slides do the job of showing what I'm talking about, I was never 100% happy with some of them. That changed recently because of two simple suggestions that Ken Shelton gave in a talk about presentation design at NCTIES

Ken's two pieces of advice that I've put into immediate use are these. First, start taking a picture a day to build-up a library of images that you can use in your presentations. I've been doing this since I heard Ken say that. So far I've only used two of my own images, but I do have designs for using some of my others in the future talks. Second, Ken recommends using full-bleed on the images you place on slides. In other words, eliminate border space and if necessary place font over the image. That second piece of advice I'm using on 90% of my slides now. I am much happy with the look of my slides. 

Creating pretty slides is only one part of delivering a good presentation. There are many other elements to consider. For those elements take a look at this collection of Short and Sweet Presentation Tips and these ideas for shy presenters

Sunday, March 11, 2012

365 Projects - Now I Get It, Building a Media Library

Ken explains font types
I've seen people doing all kinds of 365 Projects for years now. Some have been focused on taking one picture per day, some have been about creating or capturing sounds, and others have been focused on video. I never really "got" the appeal of these projects until Friday morning when I sat in on Ken Shelton's presentation about presentation design. Ken made a good case for committing to a 365 Project. It's a good way to build up a library of media that you can use in your own presentations.

Applications for Education
I've always told people that the best way to avoid any Copyright issues is to use your own media in presentations. One challenge with that if you're on a tight time schedule, you might not be able to create all the media you need. Another challenge is the weather and seasons. As Ken said in his presentation, "if you want a picture of rain, you have to go out in the rain." By committing to a 365 Project you can build a library of your media that you and or your students can use for creating presentations.

For more advice on designing and delivering presentations, watch these three videos from Guy Kawasaki and Garr Reynolds.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going out to take a few pictures.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Stop Waiting for Superman, He's Been Found!

As I've mentioned before I rarely weigh-in on the political aspects of school reform because that doesn't help fulfill the purpose of this blog. However, there are some times when something jumps out at me that I just have to share. This is one of those times. 

My friend Ken Shelton is a middle school computer science teacher in Los Angeles. He's also a fantastic photographer (see his whole Flickr collection). The story behind this photo that he just posted to his Flickr account is one that every teacher should read. The short version, you are Superman or Superwoman.
Image credit: Ken Shelton
This week the parent teacher student association insisted on showing Waiting for Superman at Ken's school. One of the parents in the PTSA is friends with a producer of the film. The producer was on hand for a Q&A after the screening. As Ken said, the teachers were "left to defend the very core of what they do everyday." This image and the rest of Ken's story are his response to that screening.

I know it is Friday morning and it may have been a long and stressful week, but remember, even if the "experts" outside of education don't agree, you are doing good important work.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Conversation With Ken Shelton - DEN Star, ADE, GCT

Ken Shelton has been a part of my PLN for more than a year. We met at NECC 2009 and had some great conversations about PLNs, teaching, and the role of technology in education. Ken is a DEN Star educator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Google Certified Teacher. In this video Ken explains how teachers can go about becoming a DEN Star, an ADE, or a GCT. What I think we can all learn from Ken is that if you're interested in furthering your professional learning, there are many great opportunities out there that you can advantage of.

I had some trouble recording both of our faces on the screen and there was an occasional lag between Ken's voice and face. The important part is what he says, not the visual quality.

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