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Monday, August 11, 2008

Think Central PowerPoint Updated

I have updated the PowerPoint on Think Central that we viewed during Tuesday morning's professional development. The link is still the same. Since you now all have real user names and passwords, there is no need to go to the "zz" evaluation site. Therefore, I took out the references to that.

Tuesday's presentation allowed for not only using PowerPoint to teach the content, but it also served as a chance to pass on techniques that you can use when using PowerPoint. The ability to make the screen go blank during the presentation to help focus audience attention back on you, and the use of the "speaker notes" section to house your heavy-duty text and allow the slides to stay uncluttered are two examples.

In the not-too-distant past, if I wanted you to be able to view that PowerPoint presentation, I would have e-mailed it to you. That meant if you were new to the district and nobody alerted me to your e-mail address, you missed out. If I made a change to the presentation, I would have had to e-mail a new copy and ask you to destroy the old one. On your end, moving that attachment from your e-mail to logical spot in your digital filing system would have been a task you would have performed.

Best practice is now to post documents such as this in one location and simply send the link taking viewers to the document, just as I have done in this post. If a change needs to be made, it is made in one place, and when you visit the document again, you see the updated copy. The ability to do this exists not only at the central office, but at the school level as well. Our circumstances have changed! As we talked about Tuesday morning, when confronted with a set of circumstances, we as a people, develop procedures to handle those circumstances. So often, our circumstances change, but... (well, you remember the rest).

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