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A different PowerPoint format

Posted in all posts, events, powerpoint, presentation, teaching by coleman yee on November 12, 2008

In my last post “Blogging, Podcasting, or Youtube? Choosing the right medium” – Podcamp Singapore, I talked about my experience as a speaker at Podcamp Singapore. For a long time, I wanted to try out a different way of using PowerPoint – using both the whiteboard and PowerPoint concurrently without having to move the projection screen up and down – and Podcamp was a great opportunity to do that.

Coleman presenting at Podcamp

Presenting at Podcamp

Notice that I was only using the top third of the screen for the PowerPoint slide. Which meant that I could use both the whiteboard and my PowerPoint slides at the same time.

How I did it

I used a black background on my PowerPoint slide, so that the projection wouldn’t interfere with the whiteboard. The text (in white) occupied only the top quarter of the slide. I could have used a lighter background for the top part of the slide, but black was easiest. My original plan was to pull the projection screen a third down, but the technology was too smart – the screen could only go all the way up (and the projector would turn off automatically), or all the way down. Thankfully I could slide the projection screen behind the whiteboard, resulting in a sloping screen, but it turned out fine. Here’s a shot of another slide.

Presenting at Podcamp - another slide

Presenting at Podcamp - another slide

Thanks to the Podcamp Singapore organisers for these shots.

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  1. podcampsingapore said, on November 13, 2008 at 3:20 am

    podcasts and video is up on our blog, podcampsingapore.wordpress.com, so check it out! 😉

  2. welovefoodcoma said, on November 13, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    nice pictures! i wonder who took them haha kidding

  3. Hui Nee said, on November 15, 2008 at 9:24 am

    haha.. this is cool!!! my teachers used to write on both side of the whiteboard (where the screen is not blocking) but some ppl sitting at the sides sometimes have trouble seeing the words.. n this was way back in pri sch.. =D

  4. Hui Nee said, on November 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

    oh wait.. i just realised… u r using TWO laptops and TWO whiteboards!!!

  5. coleman yee said, on November 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

    @Hui Nee: I was only using 1 laptop – the other one was used by the organisers to do some recording. I often teach with 2 computers though – one for the projection, the other for notes and additional things to project.


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