I’m not really happy with this presentation. It could have been better organized. Maybe I’ll reorganize it tomorrow. But for a first draft, it’s not horrible.
I’m increasingly struck by how important it is to have digital aids to assist my students. They respond to the visuals; they hang their ideas about people, places, and events based on the images I choose and the words I say. The tools — like slide shows — become part of the message: “You live in a world in which presenters should communicate ideas with images, and the process of image selection and text-matching-image is a critical one.” The days of chalkboards are over, almost everywhere except schools… and maybe whiteboards, even, are a dying breed. But slide-decks don’t allow for the same spontaneity, the same whimsey or immersive gravitas as a whiteboard or a chalkboard. And a Mimeo or SmartBoard just isn’t the same. What are we giving up, at the same time that we take on a whole new set of programmatic tools?
Check out this link to The Big Picture from the Boston Globe, which tells news stories in photographs. Their most recent post shows pictures from the Hajj. Hope it helps.
I’ll be using these photos in some fashion tomorrow. It’s a pity that I can’t turn them into a slideshow, but they’re definitely not public domain. I’ll share them with my kids, but I can’t remix them, I don’t think.