From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
Tom Fine described the virtues of PowerPoint, and it is a fabulously simple
tool to work with. However, to someone taking extensive notes during
presentations, there is one thing missing from almost all presentations,
including my own: a sound to indicate that a new image is on the screen. With
overhead projectors, there was the ruffling of transparencies to advertise
that. With carousel slides (in the hall) there was the sound of the changing
mechanism. In PowerPoint, a line of text my be all the difference there is
between one screen and the next, but it means that the information is no
longer there when you want to write it down.
To save that sort of aggravation I would like to let people know when a
revised image is on the screen. I have had no real success finding the
information on the help menu, so I ask bluntly: do you know off-hand how to
make a sound to indicate that the image changes?
A man in need, thanks beforehand,
all the best,
> This is oversimplistic. My company has put on industry conferences since its
> inception (1982). In
> the time I've worked there (since 1993), we've evolved from sometimes
> type-written prepared speeches
> with U-Matic tapes for ads or demonstration movies to now almost everyone
> using Powerpoint and
> sometimes embedding WinMedia or Quicktime video. Just as 14 years ago, some
> presentations or deadly
> boring and some are great. Almost no one does the stereotypical Powerpoint
> anymore, people are much
> more creative than when it first started taking off. To keep people from
> glazing over, the spoken
> part needs to be more focused and snappy than perhaps in the past, so that's
> a good thing. Also, we
> find that people are making shorter presentations, about 20 minutes vs. 30
> minutes, and thus having
> more time for Q&A which is what people really pay to see. As the person who
> has to create the
> transcript CDR's, I am so happy for modern times that I can't even begin to
> describe it. The only
> thing we need transcribed anymore is on-stage interviews and I can whip a
> CDR right together with a
> folder full of Powerpoint files and a couple of Word documents. Furthermore,
> the ubiquitous use of
> Powerpoint means more conference presentations are available online or are
> circulated widely so
> there is a freer flow of information. How much of it is marketing hooey is
> another matter!
> -- Tom Fine
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> Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 6:54 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Slides and inconvenient media
> > Research points the finger at PowerPoint
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> > File photo: Do as I do ... the federal Treasurer, Peter Costelllo, shows
> the right way to give a
> > PowerPoint presentation, speaking to graphs rather than reading dot
> > Photo: Andrew Meares
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> > Anna Patty Education Editor
> > April 4, 2007
> > If you have ever wondered why your eyes start glazing over as you read
> those dot points on the
> > screen, as the same words are being spoken, take heart in knowing there is
> a scientific
> > explanation.
> > It is more difficult to process information if it is coming at you in the
> written and spoken form
> > at the same time.
> > The Australian researchers who made the findings may have pronounced the
> death of the PowerPoint
> > presentation.
> > They have also challenged popular teaching methods, suggesting that
> teachers should focus more on
> > giving students the answers, instead of asking them to solve problems on
> their own.
> > Pioneered at the University of NSW, the research shows the human brain
> processes and retains more
> > information if it is digested in either its verbal or written form, but
> not both at the same time.
> > It also questions the wisdom of centuries-old habits, such as reading
> along with Bible passages,
> > at the same time they are being read aloud in church. More of the passages
> would be understood and
> > retained, the researchers suggest, if heard or read separately.
> > The findings show there are limits on the brain's capacity to process and
> retain information in
> > short-term memory.
> > John Sweller, from the university's faculty of education, developed the
> "cognitive load theory".
> > "The use of the PowerPoint presentation has been a disaster," Professor
> Sweller said. "It should
> > be ditched."
> > "It is effective to speak to a diagram, because it presents information in
> a different form. But
> > it is not effective to speak the same words that are written, because it
> is putting too much load
> > on the mind and decreases your ability to understand what is being
> > The findings that challenge common teaching methods suggest that instead
> of asking students to
> > solve problems on their own, teachers helped students more if they
> presented already solved
> > problems.
> > "Looking at an already solved problem reduces the working memory load and
> allows you to learn. It
> > means the next time you come across a problem like that, you have a better
> chance at solving it,"
> > Professor Sweller said.
> > The working memory was only effective in juggling two or three tasks at
> the same time, retaining
> > them for a few seconds. When too many mental tasks were taken on some
> things were forgotten.
> > [log in to unmask] wrote: What about sound-slide shows?
> > We have a number of presentations that used to be loaned out as slide
> > with audio cassettes. Some also exist as dual trays and reel tapes with
> > tracks for automatic slide advance and dissolve control.
> > In the past they were transferred to VHS with a camcorder shooting a
> > Now the tapes are being copied to DVD with a Sony DVD recorder for
> > distribution to the few people who ask for them. Obviously the loss of
> quality is
> > severe, but nobody seems to care.
> > I would like to go back to the originals, to the extent that they exist,
> > scan the slides and transfer the tapes, but don't know what would be the
> > practical means for presentation of the result. I've never seen a
> > sound slide presentation on a computer except some done at conferences
> > QuickTime videos of a quality below that of VHS.
> > Can PowerPoint do this? How about other software that would link good
> > resolution still images with a sound file or series of files? Has anyone
> > HTML presentations in which a narration is presented by clicking on an
> > or with some kind of timing script?
> > I would appreciate any links to such presentations on the net so I can
> > how well they perform.
> > Mike Csontos
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