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Haiku Deck for Great Presentations

Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create stunning presentations – whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement, it’s fast, fun and simple for anyone to use.

I know, I fall in love with apps easily and Haiku Deck is my latest love. It’s an  iPad app for creating great presentations, quickly and easily. Type in a few words and Creative Commons photos are retrieved to be used as the background for your slides.  Each slide can only accommodate a few words, which fits right in with Presentation Zen concepts of simpler, more meaningful slides that enhance, rather than overwhelm your presentation.  You can also use your own images that are on your iPad.

Slide decks can be shown from your iPad or exported to PowerPoint. The iPad share menu also posts to Facebook & Twitter. You can also access your decks via  the HaikuDeck web page. From here you can download a slidedeck as a a PDF, share via some additional social networks, leave comments on public slidedecks and get a snippet of code to embed the slidedeck on other sites.  (I’m having trouble embedding anything here on a WordPress site though.  A link to one instead:

This would be a great tool to use with kids and teens, since it won’t find anything but Creative Commons licensed photos. No more struggling  through dreadful Google Image search results and wondering who really owns an image that you want to use.  One caution though, the image source info is available when you’re viewing a slidedeck on an iPad, but that information seems to disappear when exported to PowerPoint or downloaded as a PDF. It would be great if there was a final slide that included the credits for each image and/or an option to place the source in tiny print somewhere on the slide.

The app is free and comes with a choice of several free styles and fonts. There are also some premium themes available for $1.99.

(via: Linda Braun)

Beyond the Bullet Point – NYLA Continuing Ed Workshop

nyla-conference-2011The early bird registration rate for NYLA ends tomorrow (Friday Oct 14) If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay! And while you’re at it, why not register for the  Continuing Ed workshop I’m teaching. 🙂

CE-A Workshop: Beyond the Bullet Point

Wednesday Nov 2 – 10:00am – 1:00pm / ASLS / 3 Contact Hours

In this workshop, you will learn how to present information that does not rely only on bullet points and the usual presentation formats. You will learn ways to effectively engage your audience, discover low-cost and free resources for graphics to help you deliver your message, examine alternative presentation tools, learn basic principles of data visualization, gain an overview of tools to create powerful data visualizations, and select appropriate tools to make your next presentation more effective.  Speaker: Polly-Alida Farrington, PA Farrington Associates

I’m a little embarrassed by the title I picked, I didn’t realize at the time that there’s a well known presentation expert that uses that as his slogan/logo/catch-phrase. My apologies to him!


Good PowerPoint Design

I came across this great presentation while gathering resources for a workshop on improving your presentations (getting beyond the dreaded slides full of bullet points, better use of graphics, data visualizations and so on.)

The core points (ironically bullet-pointed!) are:

  • Design from audience perspective! What do they want/need to know.
  • Don’t overwhelm. Stick to a core message, use stories
  • Simple visuals, effective graphics.
  • YOU have to deliver – engage, inform, entertain  & involve the audience.

(via: SlideShare Newsletter for August 2011)