SILS iSchool

26 Nov 2018

Value Added | daily

Class Schedule

Basics | sessions 01-05

22 AUG | intro
27 AUG | clients
29 AUG | servers
05 Sep | networks
10 Sep | basics lab

Web Development | sessions 06-11

12 Sep | structural layer
17 Sep | presentational layer
19 Sep | working with layers
24 Sep | behavior layer
26 Sep | images & design
01 Oct | website lab

Document Markup | sessions 12-14

03 Oct | object layers
08 Oct | graphics
10 Oct | document markup lab

Spreadsheets | sessions 15-19

15 Oct | spreadsheets
17 Oct | formulas & functions
22 Oct | thoughts about data display
 18 Oct  | Fall Break 
24 Oct | database tools
29 Oct | spreadsheets lab

Relational Database | sessions 20-26

31 Oct | relational databases
05 Nov | tables
07 Nov | relationships
12 Nov | input & output
14 Nov | SQL
19 Nov | complex queries

26 Nov | databases lab | next session

 21 Nov | Thanksgiving 

Presentation | sessions 27-30

28 Nov | presentation design
03 Dec | presentation delivery
05 Dec | presentation lab
12 Dec | 0800-1100 | final in class presentation

Enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving

But after all the meals have been eaten ...

Look over:

commentary on bad PowerPoint

PowerPoint: anathema or boon? by Juan Dürsteler, 10 Nov 2003

... my experience is that whenever one interacts with the audience, asking for or showing them examples close to their experience the presentation is more lively and the message reaches them better. In the end, our answer to the question which we began this article with, is that PowerPoint is neither anathema nor boon, it’s just a tool with which it’s easy to give bad presentations, but when properly used, can help us to get a message across. Doing it well or badly is something that depends on us.

things hadn't improved by the time of the 9th International Conference on Information Visualisation in 2005. Note especially his comments on the use of PowerPoint.

More than half of the presentations I have attended had slides that abused PowerPoint in its more inefficient and less visual way: lots of bullet points almost literally read by the presenter. It's clear that while you read the slides you barely pay attention to what the speaker is saying, and if you listen to the speaker, reading is out of the question (what is then the need for a slide?) This is a mortal sin in a conference like this, where we have seen certainly other excellent presentations centered on the visual contents of what the speaker was saying.

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Two viewpoints

  1. PowerPoint Is Evil: Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely. By Edward Tufte, September 2003
  2. In Defense of PowerPoint, by Don Norman

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