Prezi tips from thewikiman [sic]

8 11 2011

I am working on improving the Kaptur Prezi (still very much a work in progress but this process itself has been an aid to conceptualising the project). I was having problems with creating links in Prezi, and after a Google search was taken to a ‘how-to’ Prezi by thewikiman.

So, some Prezi tips from thewikiman that I found helpful:

  • ‘Your URL changes when your title changes so make sure you have a title you’re happy with before you make the link public!’
  • Link to JISC TechDis Web2Access report on Prezi Accessibility
  • Using hidden frames to create a more interactive Prezi – I have used hidden frames but not really thought of Prezi in this way -see thewikiman’s interactive library map Prezi
  • Really useful link about using Prezi in learning and teaching in the US – blog post by Hal Kirkwood, SLA blog, 16 May 2011
    Quote from the blog post:

    ‘It allows for a much deeper opportunity to create more conceptually interesting presentations. Students pay attention more…they are more focused on the material…they want to try it. Information literacy becomes more engaging using Prezi.’

The problem with my Prezi links…
I had already tried the usual exit and back to edit etc, but I think the problem was due to the long list of links – the top one in the list was fine but the rest weren’t hyperlinked. I solved it by entering a new text item for each separate link, although Prezi didn’t like the Twitter link at all, maybe because of the characters ‘#!’.

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Thoughts about learning spaces

26 07 2011

Since studying Archaeology at University, and considering the relationship between socio-cultural change and the layout of living spaces/design of architecture over time, I have been interested in the human experience of space and environment. This is also relevant in the dialogue between analogue and digital technologies, an aspect I hope is apparent in my CHArt paper (forthcoming).

Some resources:





Identifying impact with SlideShare

6 05 2011

Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus (job title), at UKOLN has written a post about using SlideShare stats to identify impact. This was for the JISC-funded PoWR project looking at the preservation of Web resources. PoWR project resources had been embedded and favourited, and had view stats in SlideShare; some of the comments included useful anecdotal evidence on impact.

Links:





Screencasting sessions by JISC Digital Media

3 01 2011

JISC Digital Media Online Surgery has a series of sessions on screencasting coming up that look really interesting. All sessions take place on Wednesdays between 1.30-2.30pm and can be accessed via your computer using the Elluminate environment.
Details here: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/surgery

  • The major technical issues surrounding screencasting – 19 January 2011
  • Considerations for screencasts as teaching and learning support resources – 26 January 2011
  • Using a screencast as a lecture capture tool – 02 February 2011
  • Using a screencast to provide feedback – 09 February 2011




Thoughts on Flickr

6 10 2010

The results of the survey, and anecdotal comments received, acknowledge the role of Web 2.0 and other technologies in providing presentation interfaces.

One choice could be to use Flickr to create either a private or public collection of images that can be dipped into, organised in groups, and form a teaching tool.

This approach is not without its problems though, as JISC Digital Media point out, it is wise to back-up your data elsewhere rather than rely completely on an externally hosted Web site.

Links





Distributing Teaching Presentations

24 06 2010

JISC Digital Media continue to provide great up-to-date and new guides, such as this one published in June, which “…looks at the ways teaching presentations can be distributed to their end users”.





Happy Birthday JISC Digital Media

9 02 2010

JISC Digital Media celebrate their first birthday today! Although they were formerly in existence as TASI (Technical Advisory Service for Images), and have long had a relationship with the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

JISC Digital Media’s online resources are excellent, and I am going to visit this area of their website:
http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/stillimages/docs/category/finding-and-using-digital-media/

I am quite interested in the JISC Digital Media comments on choosing a background for images in your presentations.