Leadership and Design

Article: True Or Not?

1.  Can we define what it means to be information literate?

Yes, being information is literate is being able to both know how, and know why; in this case it concerns technology and knowing how to find websites containing accurate information and knowing why this information is accurate and why other information may not be accurate.

2.  Can we teach our students to have the skills essential to information literacy?

I think it is possible to teach our students to have the skills essential to information literacy, I don’t think anyone will ever be super amazing when it comes to information literacy; it’s something that can be taught but is up to the individual to apply. Most people forget that although these students are growing up in a tech based era, they don’t know everything. Not all students know what is and isn’t a credible source and need to be taught, they don’t all know about the different search engines you can use, and to check multiple different sights to compare the data or information they’re getting. These are things they need to be taught.

3.  Can we truly prepare students to be effective users of the most powerful medium?

We as teachers can give students the tools and the knowledge they need to be effective users of the most powerful medium, what they do with it after we give it to them is up to them.

Article: Presentationzen

1. What elements were you already aware of?  Which elements were you not aware of?

I didn’t know much about signal vs noise ratio, I really didn’t know that everything you put on a slide could be considered “noise.” It’s understandable that one can put too much information on one slide, but it’s surprising to me that most people (including myself) put too much information on a slide without even noticing it, and this can distract from the point you’re really trying to get across. I did know that quotes can add credibility to your presentation, and it’s very easy to use them to do so. I did know that you could make an image larger (the size of the slide) and put a quote on it, but it’s never really something I thought to do much on my slides.

      2.  How can you incorporate this into your own work and that of your students?  Why is it important?  

Just remember the basic important things, little noise, bigger photos, quotes, ect. It’s also important as a teacher to employ all the suggestions so your students have an idea of what to do and what makes a good presentation. Leading by example is going to be the most important thing you can do for your students.

      3.  How do the Power Points that you have created over the years fit (or not fit) with these design principles?  

Most of my power points that I’ve created over the years don’t fit with the design principles at all. They’re all too text heavy, small photos, little to know quotes. I think it’s really important that we remember to teach students how to do these things because as a young student, I was never actually taught what made a good power point/presentation. There was never a time I can remember actually being taught what would make a genuinely “good” presentation or what would appeal to who I might be presenting to.  I was always on my own when it came to creating these presentations with very little guidelines.

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One thought on “Leadership and Design

  1. You know, your Pecha Kucha will give you an opportunity to practice those skills. There’s a lot of resources out there to help you. Give it a try and have fun with it!

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