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a Studiolab production.
the wind I am enjoying
Disasters! We had the perfect plan: every group would, before 3PM, load their presentations on a lab Macintosh. Then we would transfer the presentations on a portable Mac and a portable PC, so that they could be played back in class on the students’ system of choice. Perfectly on time at 1545 in TBM.
Unfortunately, one group showed up with the cursed USB stick of doom, that crashed the Mac and generally made everything deathly slow. Add to that the other group that had managed to produce a presentation that would run only on their own Macintosh. And of course the group that had wrapped their slideshow+music in a Flash application that probably tries to compute π as it plays back: and the QuickTime movie that would play back at the correct speed but only if it was not on fullscreen. And of course the surprising WMV file produced with a codec that VLC does not know anything about…Of course, all this could have been prevented with a dry run or at least some more preparation work on the part of the course coordinators.
Despite all the mini-disasters (from which we learn) we saw some very interesting presentations. We feel very optimistic about the future evlolutions of the concepts.
- we need to improve our presentation-craft
- students need to improve their delivery techniques
- slides full of tiny text make blood come out of my ears
- people that say "and well that is our idea" say something redundant. When they say it in a way that implies that the idea is nothing special, I tend to agree with them.
- transitions and fades mean something: they should not be used randomly
- 100% green Arial text is just BAD. If it flies in and the flies out it is superBAD.
- 5 minutes are enough to present 3 concepts, if you use them properly
- 5 minutes are barely enough to rehash the brief and present one half concept, if you use them in the wrong way
If we do another plenary presentation (this one was tricky, 20 groups with 5 minutes each does not leave room for any uncertainty in stage management) we will provide the students with one single presentation machine that they will load and test by themselves, so that all the movies play and the presentations run.
I was a bit disappointed to notice that some concepts had not evolved much from last week’s presentations. I guess that I have to be clearer in my feedback. I was amused to see the Top Of the Pyramid concept (TOP) go forward 🙂