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Don’t blame Powerpoint – it’s done nothing wrong…

With the students returning back to university tomorrow, things will be getting back to normal. Many have been working over the Easter break or been on placement, but it is only when the students actually return that the university seems ‘alive’ again. Tomorrow I will start teaching again, mainly mathematics, and I spent some time last week prepping the sessions and putting the resources on the VLE. One resource which is uploaded is the student version of the presentation for the session in the form of PowerPoint slides. I recently read an article about presenting without the use of PowerPoint and I thought I would waffle this week why I think it is important to have something like Powerpoint at our disposal as practitioners…

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Are lectures/sessions worth it?

Ideas for my waffles come from a variety of sources, sometimes it is something someone says to me, or something I have heard. Other times ideas just spring into my mind and I decide that I need to write about that. Most often than not, it is something which I read that actually gets my thoughts a-racing and motivates me to get waffling. This week it is something which I have read a while ago which I logged for a future waffle which has subsequently been supported with another article which I read this morning. With semester two well underway, lectures and workshops are appearing once again in both mine and the students’ timetables. As the frequency of these increase, the question is always raised – are they worth actually attending?

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Capturing the visuals…

I always think that if I have watched something or bought an item of technology then I will instantly be able to actually do what ever I have watched or, using the piece of equipment, make or produce something special. The classic examples of these are watching tutorial videos and buy digital cameras. Unfortunately, although in the hands of an expert it might be true, buying a really expensive camera does not make me a great photographer! Taking photographs or images has changes throughout the years and now taking pictures/images has never been easier…but how are we engaging with this imagery and what do we actually use it for…time to waffle!