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Re: Software for clay animation

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Dec 03 2003 - 05:19:16 PST


I use Power Points a LOT, but I agree with you totally about the reading
issue, and about having words on my screen. I only have a few words,
the ones I want them to be able to spell, or words to build a discussion
around. I rarely lecture in my powerpoints. I fill the screen with the
image, and I love the fact that it's BIG on the wall and that the colors
are bright. I also love the fact that I can so easily grab what I need
for a lesson and present it without dragging around 15 posters and
various other stuff. I love the pointer and let kids use it when they
want to talk about something in particular in a slide. I also have
stopped using all the bells and whistles. I just use a soft dissolve
between slides. You can set all of your slides to do this
automatically, by the way. I agree that I am sick of wondering whether
someone's next slide will spiral in or checkerboard across the screen.
Gag. The images are what is powerful. Fill your screen with them, and
keep your lesson in a discussion format. Just as you would if you were
discussing posters. It's just so much easier and the world of what is
possible for me to share with them is so much bigger with PPT. Judy, I
am doing your pediment/mosaic unit and I found BEAUTIFUL mosaic slides
of Ravenna, Pompeii and MANY Roman Basilicas on a website I'll send you
soon. THese images were SO sharp and detailed, and gorgeous colors. I
was having trouble finding anything but dull and poorly photographed
mosaic examples. In my opinion, you just can't beat PPT for that IF you
have good images. You are so right, the way to put your audience to
sleep is to READ what is on the screen. What a pathetic crutch!

Linda Woods

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