Tag Archive: Presentation Tools

Google Slide Presentations Wide-Screen

If you don’t know by now an essential resource of technology professionals everywhere is Google search. Yes, you think we know it all, but it would be much more true to say we know how and where to find all those answers.

My son turned me on to search YouTube in particular. He uses it to find out how to do things in Minecraft or how to make stop-motion lego movies with his Nintendo DS3.

When you ask yourself “How do I…” you might want to try searching YouTube. Videos can be so much more helpful than the usual step-by-step bullet lists elsewhere on the web.

Now on to our topic: Here at Pepperdine School of Law our classroom systems are all Wide-Screen (no longer using the old 4:3 aspect ratio). This works out for most folks using PowerPoint, but if you use Google Presentations you’re stuck in the old mode. Here’s a tutorial for how to force Google to the new format:

I went ahead and did this and created a Widescreen template to use in Google Presentations and made it public. You can view it, copy it (File > Make a copy… in Google Drive) and use it over and over!


Mobile Presentation Tools

One obstacle to having visual aids in the classroom is that the control or advancing of the multimedia must be done at the computer, which leaves the professor tethered to the lectern.

With an increasing demand from students to use multimedia in the classrooms, Professors must find a way to reconcile their need to move around the room with their students’ need of visual aids.

Mobile or Wireless Presentation Tools are one solution to this dilemma.

mac-ipadA computer, wireless Internet connection, and a mobile device are all it takes. A professor can sync their mobile device (such as smart phone or tablet) to their computer over the Internet. They can then control their computer by the mobile device. This is also known as Remote Desktop Control.

When connected via WIFI to Windows PC or Mac, professors can control their computer desktop. This includes advancing PowerPoint slides, launching new files, or even annotating a document all from their mobile device. With this control, they are free to walk around the classroom.

There are several tools that allow for this wireless presentation capability. AirDisplay and Doceri are two examples of applications.

The Harnish Law Library Learning Lab (Room 219) is equipped with the wireless Internet connection necessary to use mobile presentation tools that work with Apple’s AirPlay.

There is a Faculty Coffee Talk on this topic Thursday, April 18 from 2-3 pm in the Law Library Learning Lab Room 219. Contact Julie Tausend for more information.

Additional Presentation Tools

In a recent blog post, PowerPoint Dos and Don’ts, we discussed the best practices of PowerPoint. PowerPoint is the go-to tool for creating and showing presentations to audiences. However, there are other options available for accomplishing the same goal.

Keynote IconKeynote is Apple’s own presentation tool for Mac users. The application is bundled with the iWork suite. It has graphic tools, animations and effects, and chart animations, among other features. Users like the ease-of-use and options for great looking themes. Another benefit of using Keynote is that it is integrated with the iOS. This means you can use your iPhone, iPod or iPad as wireless presentation remotes to control the progression of the slides. Keynote is recommended for Mac users.

Prezi_logo_transparent_2012.svgPrezi is a “zooming presentation software” that guides the audience through your presentation in a spatial journey. It is a web-built presentation tool makes presentations interesting to watch through dynamic transitions and non-linear presenting. The application creates a single canvas to display content, instead of traditional slides. The result is a cinematic-like experience. Though, be cautioned, some transitions may cause motion-sickness! Prezi Public accounts are free for use, and require no annual fee. Each Public account is limited to 100MB of presentation storage space. Public users also have access to the Prezi offline player software. Prezi is recommended for advanced users who want more “pizzazz” and “motion” to liven up their presentations.

GoogleGoogle Presentations is another Web-based tool. It is available via Google Drive. Although Google Presentations isn’t feature packed like PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi, it allows for easy collaboration and sharing because of the cloud-based backup. It allows you to conveniently work anywhere. You can also upload pre-existing PowerPoint presentations to Google Presentations for easy access and collaborative sharing. However, be cautious that some functions, such as transitions, may not translate to Google Presentation. Google Presentations is recommended for users who want to collaborate on simple text-based presentations and require easy access to presentation from any computer.

There is a Faculty Coffee Talk on this topic Thursday, April 4 from 2-3 pm in the Law Library Learning Lab Room 219. Contact Julie Tausend for more information.