Books · Presentations · Teaching

A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects

Title: Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects

Authors: Kristin L. Arola, Jennifer Sheppard, Cheryl E. Ball, “”
ISBN: 1457600455 | 2014 |  176 pages

Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal ProjectsCreating multimodal projects can seem daunting, but Writer/Designer streamlines the multimodal composing process and makes it manageable for students. Designed to work in any college course, this brief, accessible book is here to help students whether they are creating a poster, a webtext, an animated video, or any other kind of text. Write/Design assignments guide students through the process of researching the right genre for their project, finding the tools to work with different media, drafting with mockups and storyboards, and presenting their final projects to the world. Online examples, tutorials, and activities in e-Pages take advantage of what the Web can do, showcasing real multimodal compositions from both students and professionals.

Title: Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres

Author: Tracey Bowen
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0822962160 | 368 pages


Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres
A student’s avatar navigates a virtual world and communicates the desires, emotions, and fears of its creator. Yet, how can her writing instructor interpret this form of meaning making?Today, multiple modes of communication and information technology are challenging pedagogies in composition and across the disciplines. Writing instructors grapple with incorporating new forms into their curriculums and relating them to established literary practices. Administrators confront the application of new technologies to the restructuring of courses and the classroom itself.Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres examines the possibilities, challenges, and realities of mutimodal composition as an effective means of communication. The chapters view the ways that writing instructors and their students are exploring the spaces where communication occurs, while also asking “what else is possible.” The genres of film, audio, photography, graphics, speeches, storyboards, PowerPoint presentations, virtual environments, written works, and others are investigated to discern both their capabilities and limitations. The contributors highlight the responsibility of instructors to guide students in the consideration of their audience and ethical responsibility, while also maintaining the ability to “speak well.” Additionally, they focus on the need for programmatic changes and a shift in institutional philosophy to close a possible “digital divide” and remain relevant in digital and global economies. Embracing and advancing multimodal communication is essential to both higher education and students. The contributors therefore call for the examination of how writing programs, faculty, and administrators are responding to change, and how the many purposes writing serves can effectively converge within composition curricula.

Presentations · Teaching · Video Training

PowerPoint for Teachers

Lynda - PowerPoint for Teachers: Create Interactive Lessons
Title: Lynda – PowerPoint for Teachers: Create Interactive Lessons

Genre: eLearning | Level: Intermediate | Language: English

Duration: 37m

Do you want to breathe new life into your classroom? Although the lecture method of teaching may feel comfortable, today’s classroom needs an active learning experience. This can be achieved with clever use of Microsoft PowerPoint. Join Faith Brill as she demonstrates how to create dynamic, student-centered, hands-on learning activities using PowerPoint. If you’ve used PowerPoint as a book replacement in the past, learn how to transition to using it as a tool, enhancing your instruction with discussion, activities, and multimedia. Get ready to try new techniques so you can embed these new approaches into your practice. This course helps teachers of any grade level, K–12 and higher ed, to move beyond passive teaching with bullet points to teaching with interactive lessons that engage students.

Topics include:
* Transition from traditional use of PowerPoint to dynamic use
* Use speaker notes
* Design effective teaching slides
* Evaluate and revise your classroom setup
* Create activities in PowerPoint
* Teach using games
* Organize your day and your curriculum

See also the other great training resources they have specifically crafted for teachers at Lynda.com

Title: Foundations of Teaching with Technology

Duration: 2h 30m Level: Beginner Release Date: Mar 19, 2015


Put the “tech” into your teaching. Learn how to use technology to enhance course design, lesson planning, presentations, in-class activities, assessments, and student achievement and engagement.

Author Kevin Kelly explains how learning outcomes can be adapted to support technology in the classroom, and guides educators through selecting the appropriate technology for their activity, module, or class. Then he shows how to apply technology in three key areas: finding, creating, and sharing content with students; facilitating classroom activities; and assessing learning inside the classroom or online.

Topics include:

  • Including technology in your learning outcomes
  • Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Finding and creating content and instructional materials
  • Enhancing lectures and presentations with technology
  • Getting students involved
  • Facilitating in-class activities
  • Assessing learning
  • Teaching effectively online
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Nancy Duarte on Presentations

From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. In this TEDx talk, presentation expert Nancy Duarte shares practical lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

CEO, presentation designer
Nancy Duarte believes that ideas are the most powerful tools people have. Her passion is to help every person learn to communicate their world-changing idea effectively.

From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. In this talk, presentation expert Nancy Duarte shares practical lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

Check out Duartes award-winning, best-selling books on amazon.ca

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