Presentation Tips

Whether you are tasking students with formally presenting their work or editing your own presentations, you’ll find useful ideas from the 3 articles highlighted here.

First up is a great infographic from the design team at Cubicle Ninjas for creating effective PowerPoint presentations. While the infographic serves as an advertisement for their design services, it also brings together tips from 3 well-known presenters.

Infographic_Ultimate Guide to Using Powerpoint

Embed the infographic in your Blackboard class using the Slideshare mashup tool. Search the full text The Ultimate Guide to Using PowerPoint Effectively. If you don’t want to use the mashup tool you can just add the Slideshare direct link:

TechSmith, creators of software applications Camtasia and SnagIt, posted Tech-tastophe—Save Yourself From Presentation Tech Failures a couple of years ago, but the tips offered by author Betsy Weber are no less timely. Number 2 on her list of “presentation failure prevention tips”? Create a back up of your back up. Number 1 is a no-brainer.

Finally, if you’re looking for “relatively inexpensive solutions to everyday problems” this brief post from the ProfHacker blog, Why You Should Label Your Stuff, will inspire you. So, that USB drive with the back up of your back up? Yes, label it, along with your PowerPoint remote.

WordPress Updates

The next round of updates for the WordPress server will include improvements to WordPress itself, as well as, updates to a number of themes and plugins. The server will be down for a short time this afternoon (Thursday, March 21st) beginning at 4:30 pm.

The WordPress maintenance and security release includes fixes for how some HTML and javascript elements are handled. A few security-related fixes will be addressed as well. For specific details on what version 3.5.1 has to offer, visit the WordPress Codex page.

Most users will not likely notice a difference in the behavior of their site. If you use one of the updated themes or plugins, however, it’s always a good idea to check your site for changes in theme formatting or in plugin settings.

Updated Themes
Portfolio Press
Simple Catch

Updated Plugins
Facebook Like Box
Polldaddy Polls & Ratings
Slickr Flickr
WP to Twitter
WPtouch Pro

New Plugin
Link Manager—The Link Manager plugin restores the popular link widget that was available in prior versions of WordPress.