These are my notes from How to Create a Great PowerPoint Without Breaking the Law: Take 2.0 by Alvin Trusty at the eTechOhio 2009 conference on Feb 2nd. MY REFLECTIONS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. Alvin is at The University of Findlay (trusty [at] findlay [dot] edu)

The number of sites in my presentation is around 500.

ALVIN PRESENTED THIS LAST YEAR AT ETECHOHIO AND IT WAS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB (type Alvin Trusty into Google and you can see it on TeacherTube)

Alvin’s blog and website: www.trustyetc.com
– Alvin’s delicious links with everything from this presentation: http://delicious.com/atrusty/etechohio09
Twitter: alvintrusty

I am going to start because I’m synced with NORAD and my watch says it is 15 minutes till

Here is an assignment I give to my freshmen students: introduce yourself in 60 seconds
– born in Florida
– grew up in
– I have 75 different orange shirts
– this my video of me doing the Rubik’s cube behind my back (on YouTube)
– I roast my own coffee (turn green coffee beans

almost all of my courses are also taught online

What if this was an online class and we had no ability to interact with each other
– all these slides have the same text I said
– so someone going through this doesn’t have to hear me talk

NOW PLAYING THE PRESO WITHOUT NARRATING IT
– THIS IS A GREAT IDEA FOR AN ASSIGNMENT
– A GOOD MEME TOO FOR EDUBLOGGERS

I don’t have to talk throug

Read the book “PresentationZen”
– that 2nd presentation is a combination of slides and documents
– slide-du-ments
– PPT should be used for presentations
– words should be used for documents
– big criticism

If slides have words, you are better off not reading them at all

OK I FEEL A LITTLE INDICTED FOR THE SLIDES I READ DURING THE KEYNOTE TODAY

1 link for everything in this session
delicious.com/atrusty/etechohio09

TeacherTube is a lot like YouTube, but a lot slower 🙂

I am not a lawyer, consult with your school’s lawyer before you do anything really drastic
– if you go to our website at Findlay put in the keyword “edtech” to go to my program

2 things
– how to create a PPT
– without breaking the law

last year I tried to focus on “not breaking the law” and I found out that no one really cares
– latest research show kids know about copyright from their parents, and parents don’t know a lot about copyright
– only Ohio standards that mention copyright are technology which doesn’t have a test, so we don’t

a copy: wave your magic want and make a copy, duplicate
– everything about copyright law is at copyright.gov

Excercise: do you think this is legal or not?
– Can I show you this book in a face to face class
– Can I project that book page

Plagiarism Prevention Database

MY RESPONSE TO MOST OF ALVIN’S QUESTION ABOUT “IS IT LEGAL TO DO THIS” IS TO ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION: WHAT IS THE PERSON GOING TO DO WITH THE MATERIAL THEY COPIED?
– DETAILS OF USE ARE CRITICAL FOR FAIR USE DETERMINATIONS

Is it legal to show movies at school on a free day?

Now showing this presentation with bullet points coming in
– showing what not to do
GetRidOfBullet on my delicious account to get that link

Remember, guns don’t kill people, bullets do
– this is a beautiful

if you are doing sound effects for the sound effects, that is just out

be wary of backgrounds, because shapes change depending on image transparency settings

rather than putting images in the corner, make them the entire slide

Never read your slides

Nuts and Bolts

use tag CropAndResize to g et tips

make sure you use corners to maintain aspect ratio when enlarging images

when you make the background black

Tag: MoveTheMap

I use Picassa for all my resizing, cropping
– used Paintshop Pro to paint states orange

Animation: motionpath
– fade in, fade out, different animation
– used the same image and just moved it around
– you can see the animations, requiring

not magic: it is just animations with fade ins and fade outs

Visual Design
– Robin Williams: The NonDesigner’s Design Book
– 4 principles in this book

Acronym: CRAP

C = Contrast
– need to use good contrast

covered part of the image: tag: InsertRectangle

R = Repeition

A = Alignment
– I see this often in PowerPoints and that drives me crazy
– tougher to watch things when they are not aligned
– jumps can distract what you see, and you don’t think about the content of the picture, instead you think “that picture is moving”
– 2 objects close together, priximity, they need to go together

F = Fonts
– decorative fonts are right out
– don’t use decorative fonts on anything you use in school
– Serif fonts are great for books because they help you
– so San Serif fonts are things you should use
– you don’t need a lot of fonts
– how big

Nancy author of “slide:ology”
– measure your screen in inches, go back that many feet and if you can read the
– she created presentation for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”

Watch 2006 movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and analyze the presentations

Comic Sans
– is a decorative font
– should never be used in anything

example of inserting Golden Gate Bridge with the same color

Color options
– monochromatic
– analogous
– complementary (look blurry)

black is great, esp if you have a dark room
– looks like that word is just on the screen
– the entire screen looks like

White: be careful in a dark room

if I am talking about content: I use a black background
– if I am talking nuts and bolt

subject of clip art
– if you use these two guys in a PPT slide, they should have a dialog window
– all of these pictures I’m show now are in PPT, just ask for photographs

Limit Transitions
– everything I have used has used “fade smoothly” transition
– can make yourself disappear

Page on Office Online
– people often count on internet Interaction
– if you just do screencaptures of your talk

[SHOW A HILARIOUS PHOTO OF PEOPLE WITH

I use Irfanview for screencasting

Now a little about copyright law

your rights if you own a copyright

example of derivative work
– Shepard Fairey (Googler) never asked the photographer (
– For more background see Shepard’s wikipedia article

See the wikipedia article for Barack Obama “Hope” poster for more info

tag is MoveObama to tell about how I ddi this
– motion path with grow/shrink
– timed it to go to a new slide that isn’t grainy when it enlarged

and used “fade smoothly” transition

What does it take to copyright something

SO ALVIN WENT THROUGH US COPYRIGHT LAW, BUT HE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT FAIR USE

Fixed works are copyright protected
– they don’t have to have the copyright symbol
– have to be recorded, videotaped, or written down

otherwise

Citation protects you from the Plagiarism police, not the copyright police
– if I violate copyright law I could go to jail
– cost of violation

Peer to Peer Sharing
– if you max $150,000 per song
– steal a real Madonna CD, max fine $1000

HASN’T THE RIAA DISCONTINUED ITS POLICY OF SUING FILE DOWNLOADERS? I’D LIKE TO

Fair Use
– you have to understand 1 thing
– you have to use it for teaching
– fair use is a defense
– you are saying yes you violated copyright
– in court the judge will use 4 factors
1- purpose and character of use
— the more transformative the use, the more likely it will be fair use
— if I show you a Seinfeld clip, I am talking about copyright that makes it transformative and therefore fair use
2- nature of the work
– If I published every baseball statistic from every game ever played, that is not copyrightable

3- the amount and substantiality used
– there is not any amount written down
4- how it affects the market of the person who owns the copyright
– if I deprive the author of income who is 100% an author

judge says student stories have no value

THAT IS INTERESTING

TEACH Act says can reproduce something and put it online as long as you are limiting access with a login

talk about Creative Commons
– if you want lots of media, you can get them from CC that have very limited copyrights
– what does Creative Commons mean?
– other types of CC licenses

Flickr
– over 30 million photos licensed CC under some licensed
– over 95 million now
– last year in Feb 2008 it was 58 million, we jumped 40 million in 1 year
– if you can’t find a picture to suit your needs in 95 million you should go to jail
[SHOWING A FLICKR CC IMAGE OF MONOPOLY BOARD, GO TO JAIL AREA, THAT WAS VERY CLEVER]

I use compfight.com because Flickr shows more images at once

give URL credit to Flickr images I’m using
– could also show that at the end of my presentation

Federal gov’t created materials are in the public domain

Flickr Comons
– everything in US before Mickey Mouse is in public domain
– the law moves with Mickey’s birthday

Rule of thirds
– my eyes are drawn to the intersection of these lines
– more interesting than having it right in the middle

Last book “Why Most PowerPoints Suck”
– by Rick Altman
– you may have learned PowerPoint in 15 minutes

It is very easy to take your own pictures of things
– point and shoot camera on a tripod

Look at the photos and these attributions

I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD PRESENTATION FROM MANY STANDPOINTS. CERTAINLY GREAT BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS, OF BOOKS I NEED TO READ ABOUT PRESENTATIONS. I FEEL INDICTED THAT I READ A COUPLE OF MY SLIDES TODAY DURING MY KEYNOTE! I THINK I FOLLOWED MANY OF THE SUGGESTIONS ALVIN TALKED ABOUT, BUT I CERTAINLY CAN AND NEED TO KEEP LEARNING AND TRYING TO GET BETTER. MY MAIN SUGGESTION WOULD BE TO ADD INFO FROM THE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION LAB ON MEDIA LITERACY AND COPYRIGHT, ESPECIALLY THE NOV 2008 STUFF ON CODE OF BEST PRACTICES FOR MEDIA LITERACY EDUCATION.

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4 Responses to How to Create a Great PowerPoint Without Breaking the Law: Take 2.0 by Alvin Trusty

  1. Alvin Trusty says:

    Wes,

    Thanks for the comments. I enjoyed having you in my session. I hope I didn’t hold off on the “fair use” too long for you. I thought you were getting worried at the end.

    BTW – I was in the back of the room during your keynote. If you had not read those quotes, I would have missed that content.

    Here is the link to the Ithaca College media literacy material I spoke to you about. I saw Chris Sperry present it.

    http://www.ithaca.edu/looksharp

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Thanks for that link Alvin! 🙂

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