Thinking Outside the Slide: Mike Bryant on Multimedia Presentations


Tech or Treat continues, live in the Learners Lab, but for this time slot, we turn our blogging to Mike Bryant’s multimedia presentation.

When you begin thinking about slides, think outside the slide, from a flat still image to what goes beyond the image. So, using Shakespeare’s birthplace and highlighting the window, you can push out to an image of the Bard himself, dissecting him to see what made him tick.  Not sure what Mike’s using to make the cuts, but you open the brain to a Romeo and Juliet viewers guide with plot points and viewing questions, along with a character analysis.  Moving into the eyes, the windows to the soul, we dissect Shakespeare’s vision. What we find is a series of videos that move beyond the screen.  I was certain Mike was going to Blabberize Will, but this goes way beyond the capacities of that tool.

Moving to the speech of the period, we dissect Shakespeare’s language and hear iambic pentameter in the vernacular.  Still wondering, however, how you actually create this type of beyond-the-box-presentation.  Going back to Shakespeare’s home, we integrate sound, image, and video in a non-linear fashion.  Imagine the possibilities with MyPlick, a tool Dembo previewed two weeks ago on Web 2.0 Tuesday’s webinar.  MyPlick allows you to sync slides to audio.  Easy to use, fast, fun, and free, this tools allows students (and teachers) to integrate sound and video seamlessly. Mike’s mantra: if you do not know how to do something, you have a DEN family, live, virtual, and professional development that is awesome.

Dissecting the process, you create most of what you use by hyperlinking. Dafont is one website to use.  Then Mike goes to his Discoverystreaming, and he uses the resources by searching the drill-down Content feature.  He grabs two images of Shakespeare’s home in 3 format sizes from which to choose and then downloads.  In a Mac or Firefox, it will download to desktop, but a PC will allow you options for end point (Firefox allows you to select download destination).  Using Discoverystreaming, you can pull audio, speech, songs, charts, maps, graphs, virtually (pardon the pun) anything you want to build your out-of-the-box slide show, including your choice of MLA, Chicago Style, or APA citations for your selected media.  A best practice for sure, the citations are dynamic within Keynote properties as well.

Just discovered that the tools Mike used early in the presentation to “dissect” Shakespeare are in the toolkit within PowerPoint or Keynote’s toolbox.  You actually cutout the areas using the shapes in the formatting toolkit.  Once you select the area you will highlight, you allow for the media to open by hyperlinking to those selected areas.

Clearly, Mike’s presentation is a lot to digest, even with slow dissection, and I see in our future offerings, a back-to-basics-version of Mike’s presentation offfered, maybe spring?


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