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Application of Digital Tablets for Extension Programs
Extension agents who work in the field to educate clientele are sometimes asked questions that they may not be able to answer immediately, which requires additional time for the agent and the client—this can be problematic if the information required addresses a time sensitive issue. Also, educating clientele on topics that may not be evident in the field is easier to do with photos, video, and other media, but that kind of media is difficult to carry into the field. While laptop computers can be useful, they are large, cumbersome, and often slow. To remedy the problem, two Extension agents experimented with digital tablets to facilitate access to information while educating clients in the field. The agents used the digital tablets to access information requested by the client, and to enhance outdoor educational programs. This kind of technology can be an inexpensive way to deliver information more efficiently, and it can enhance the learning experience of outdoor class participants.
Prezi: A Nonlinear Alternative to Death By Powerpoint
For many, PowerPoint has become “a way of knowing.” But is knowledge always best represented by a linear sequence of bullets? Rather than lead your audience in a step-like manner, why not give them more control over the sequence of your presentation? Buzz has been steadily growing about Prezi, a cloud-based, easy-to-use nonlinear design tool that offers a striking alternative paradigm for creating and delivering presentations. Rather than a linear sequence, Prezi—which offers a free version for educators--acts more like a Google map of your material, letting you fly over an information landscape at will, zooming in to objects of interest—text, images, videos, links—to pick up additional details.
This session will give you a head start on exploring Prezi and demonstrate how to respond to audience needs by altering your presentation to match those needs. With a nonlinear approach, you can assess audience clues, cues, and questions to move the presentation into more fertile and relevant topics. Prezi will challenge you to rethink how you organize your information, and to just “let go” and give the audience more control.
10th–13th June 2011