Engaging Scientists and the Public

submitted by: icamvid

Barbara Schaal gives the keynote address at the 2012 "Becoming Engaged" Workshop. She speaks about strategies to enhance the American Public's connection to science with reference to the NAS.

6 Ways to write a bad scientific paper

submitted by: jllebrun

This is a tongue in cheek presentation including for the first time the participation of a Smart Presenter Agent that assists the presenter in his task and improves the quality and impact of the presentation. You can pretty much take every piece of advice given and adopt the opposite attitude to determine 6 good ways to write a scientific paper!

Pan through images with Apple Keynote (pixel-based offset)

submitted by: jllebrun

With this technique the presenter moves seamlessly inside a document larger than a slide by imitating a camera panning through a document, as if the hand moved a transparency across an overhead projector (Keynote pixel-based offset).

Produce effects without effects

submitted by: jllebrun

As the number of effects increases, custom animations rapidly become unwieldy. An alternative technique consists in using one slide per effect, thus simplifying the process. The addition of slide transitions ensures that entrance or exit effects are maintained. The drawbacks of creating effects without effects - a large number of slides- are compensated by two key advantages: simplicity, and direct access to any part of a slide composed of many effects, not just its beginning.

Scale objects and groups containing text

submitted by: jllebrun

To resize a group of object that includes text, first the group has to be converted into an image or text needs to be resized separately from the image.It is possible to reduce the effect of vertical or horizontal resizing on legibility by choosing an appropriate font type.

The map slide and navigation hyperlinks in PowerPoint / Keynote

submitted by: jllebrun

In large presentations, a graphical map slide and invisible hyperlinks help the audience keep track of progress while letting the presenters follow either a preset or a spontaneous path through their slides. Map slide and hyperlinks allow presenters to keep to time and to respond immediately to perceived audience needs.

Animate to Explain - PowerPoint Motion Path and Keynote Actions

submitted by: jllebrun

Animations are rarely used in presentations, possibly because using motion path effects on Microsoft PowerPoint or action builds on Apple Keynote is intimidating. Learn the basics of animations through an illustration of the BLK method.

Choose B key or black slide

submitted by: jllebrun

The B key blanks the screen during a presentation. It is advantageously replaced with a black slide for scheduled breaks to recapture audience attention. Keynote and PowerPoint techniques are presented to simulate the effect of a B key through a black slide.