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Visual Storytelling, Creativity and Design

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYODex

Tuesday, June 25, 12:45–2:15 pm
Location: Franklin 8-9, Marriott

Kenneth Shelton  
This fun-filled, interactive and engaging presentation is designed to share strategies, techniques and methodologies for producing effective presentations (visual designs). The methodologies, design principles and examples covered are applicable to any presentation format or graphic design, and can be used on a variety of presentation platforms.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Appropriate software, depending upon device, includes: PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Adobe Spark, Google Drawing, and Canva
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital age tools.
For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In many cases the most selected and delivered method of storytelling, information, and knowledge is through presentations. The primary purpose of this session is to identify ways in which we can design, and in turn, deliver presentations that have the power to covert, engage, and inspire an audience.
The key objectives of this session are the following:
-Attendees will be able to differentiate the characteristics of good v. bad presentation design
-Attendees will be able to identify the key components to a well designed presentation
-Attendees will be provided with supporting research/resources available on visual literacy
-Attendees will learn the key principles of visual literacy (color, contrast, typeface, shape, size, and slide real estate)
-Attendees will learn how to differentiate a images based upon classification and intended story
-Attendees will be provided with a variety of strategies for identifying the most effective visuals to use in support of a message or concept


Introduction and Introductory Activity (10 minutes)
Discussion on theories and concepts of visual literacy/visual learning (15 minutes)
Discussion and interactive analysis of imagery: categories, design, stories, and composition (10 minutes)
Design activity with imagery including typeface, contrast, image "real estate," and overall message (15 minutes)
Exposition and discussion of bad or ineffective presentation design (15 minutes)
Demonstration/Examination of effective presentation design and delivery (20 minutes)
Demonstration and sharing of free resources available for curation of content (multimedia and images) and publishing work (5 minutes)

Each component of this session includes interactive participation with attendees throughout the design process. Distribution of assets for this BYOD will occur prior to the workshop.

Supporting research

Duarte, N. (2008). Slide:ology: The art and science of creating great presentations. Beijing: O'Reilly Media. Duarte, N. (2010).

Resonate: Present visual stories that transform audiences. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Reynolds, G. (2011).

The naked presenter: Delivering powerful presentations with, or without, slides. Berkeley, CA: New Riders. Reynolds, G. (2008).

Presentation zen: Simple ideas on presentation design and delivery. Berkeley, CA: New Riders Pub. Burmark, L. (2011).

They snooze, you lose: The educator's guide to successful presentations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Burmark, L. (2002).

Visual literacy: Learn to see, see to learn. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Gallo, C. (n.d.).

Talk like TED: The 9 public speaking secrets of the world's top minds.

Duarte, N and Sanchez, P (2016). Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols

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Kenneth Shelton, Elevate Education

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level. Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken regularly gives keynotes and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Equity and Inclusion, Multimedia Literacy, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner. Ken is currently a Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist.

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