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The Productive Scholar: John LeMasney demonstrates PowerPoint

In the Productive Scholar on October 4th, 2012, John LeMasney talked about using Microsoft’s ubiquitous presentation software called PowerPoint. He started by discussing “Death by PowerPoint”, a phenomenon where the audience gives up on the presentation because of visual and mental fatigue due to the stereotypical PowerPoint audience experience: reading lots of text on-screen, endless slides of heavy content, and trite, well-known themes and clip art throughout the presentation. Some methods discussed for helping audiences to avoid this phenomenon included starting with a blank theme, and customizing it. The 10-20-30 method, in which presenters use no more than 10 slides, present for no longer than 20 minutes, and use text no smaller than 30 points in size, is one framework for making presentations more palatable. Many contemporary presenters avoid using text altogether in their PowerPoint presentations, choosing instead to focus on illustrative images that underline and reinforce what they are saying verbally. Pecha Kucha 20×20, a presentation framework that originated in Tokyo in 2003, is a method for event organizers to format an evening of presenters. It creates a strict structure for the timing and content of presentations, keeping talks to 20 slides presented for 20 seconds each. LeMasney offered these ideas as a way to re-think presentations as springboards for discussion.
The demonstration part of the talk looked at PowerPoint’s various features, including using or discarding themes, inserting tables, using SmartArt to create visual organizers and charts, changing backgrounds, using the Master Slide editing function, and inserting photos, videos and audio. Please watch the screencast below to see the details of this hands-on session.

The Productive Scholar: Barbara McLaughlin on video editing and clipping.

Powerpoint slidedeck: 20120412_mclaughlin
In this session on editing and clipping video files, Princeton’s Barbara McLaughlin showed the audience a few options. She discussed the powerful but relatively expensive Final Cut, iMovie, iSkySoft, PowerPoint, and other products. She led a discussion on issues of legality, ease of use, and the differences in codecs (audio video coders and decoders for use in working with video and audio). She gave demonstrations of each tool where appropriate. Watch the video now to learn about how you can begin to use clipping and editing tools to make the perfect bit of video to illustrate a point.
Thursday, April 12, 12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room A
Video Editing Tools and Creating Video Clips
Barbara McLaughlin
Video can be used to provide examples of a specific subject being taught or to make a presentation more interesting. Have you ever wanted to insert a video clip into a PowerPoint presentation but you were not sure how to do it?  Did you ever want to show just a short segment of a video in class and not the entire movie? Creating clips allows instructors to locate and present short, targeted clips of several minutes in length enabling the instructor to go directly to the main point of the film they want to discuss.  Creating and inserting video clips is easy to do, but there are some important points and options that must be considered.
I will be discussing the tools needed to create and import video clips into a presentation, what file formats PowerPoint will accept and how to create video clips for showing in class.
Instructors who incorporate video in their course material report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning.  With the use of video, students often make new connections between curriculum topics and discover links between these topics and the world outside the classroom.
About the speaker:
Barbara McLaughlin is a Digital and Technical Support Specialist for the ETC Humanities Resource Center.   She works extensively with digitizing audio and video and in the past 10 years has digitized over 6,000 films for the Video on Demand service at Princeton.   Barbara works with faculty to assist them in incorporating video into their course material.   She is also member of the SCAD computing organization on campus and supports the computers throughout the HRC lab and classroom.
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