ERIC Number: ED382997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Sonnets, High Tech, Haiku: Teaching Poetry in the CAI Classroom.
Krebs, Cynthia; Nichols, Chloe
This report emphasizes the techniques required today for effective slide construction and contains suggestions about the nuts and bolts of slide preparation. Two instructors developed a presentation at Utah Valley State College to enhance their teaching of the sonnet and the Japanese haiku. Their premise: since poetry is a highly visual art form, particularly, the English sonnet and the Japanese Haiku, then an intense visual presentation might go a long way toward doing them justice. Their presentation involved computer-stored slides and other graphics. The program used was Presentation 2.0. Technical equipment was minimal: they needed only a good LCD projector, a high intensity overhead projector, and a 386 or better laptop computer with Presentation 2.0 installed. It should be remembered that a slide show is more than a simple transfer of information via a parade of colorful slides with effective text and appropriate graphics. Elements of art and music, as well as reader participation, can and should be incorporated. A few hints about the technical end of things would include the following: (1) save, save, save files; (2) use a high-powered computer for faster creation; (3) keep extensive notes on elements within a slide; (4) a program of about 10 slides is best; (5) a preoccupation with an uninterrupted flow of technology is usually the mark of an inexperienced presenter; and (6) when working with scanned color photographs, it is important to keep the amount of memory required as low as possible. The actual show was produced in three interlinked segments, involving slides, graphics and music. The combination of several technical and creative features made this presentation a success. One instructor's artistic talent, her knowledge of psychological and visual factors in presentation art, the musical syncopation of varieties of sound clips, the variety of ways in which one slide can be superimposed on another--all made the presentation a success and a pleasure to give. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Utah Valley State College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International Conference on Teaching Excellence (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).