Student Observations on Weekly Presentations
cjw at eml.cc
Tue Jan 25 19:30:38 EST 2011
I am glad you chimed in that "presenting" is not only for the favored
few, but for everyone!
Looking forward to the "new" stuff!
> David Bovill <mailto:david at vaudevillecourt.tv>
> Tuesday, January 25, 2011 5:34 PM
> Thanks for the comments Calvin!
> The encouragement and constructive comments are very motivating. The
> sessions are certainly informal - in my view the lower and more fun the
> expectations the more it will encourage other people to give it a go -
> really everyone has something to show that others can enjoy and learn
> Also, for now we are experimenting with formats and techniques - so I
> you will see a lot of cool tools being added to the mix in the coming
> - think of it as beta for now with a more professional launch towards the
> time of the conference - at least that's my excuse :)
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> Calvin Waterbury <mailto:cjw at eml.cc>
> Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:59 PM
> First off, "BRAVO!" to all who take their time and knowledge to make
> these presentations! They have been extremely helpful in my learning
> of LiveCode and in being introduced to the programming world outside
> of Windows®!
> I also wish to convey my comments herein are not intended as
> criticisms, but as a "reflection" through the eyes of a student. If
> nothing changes, I will still continue to participate and glean what I
> can from each session. I realize that "newbies" are in the minority
> and I do not expect nor desire the presentations to be "dumbed down."
> I can understand that spicing up a presentation makes for a less
> mundane experience.
> My comments are from only seeing four presentations. Perhaps the
> presenters were having "off days?"
> Ok, with the above preamble/disclaimers in place, here are some
> thoughts for your consideration when you present...
> 1. RECORDING - Please make sure you are recording, if you intend to do
> so and let your audience know at the outset you are doing so. Others
> mileage may vary, but for me knowing I will be able to review the
> presentation allows me to relax and look at the bigger picture and
> more robust interaction of Q&A during the live presentation. The
> couple of times the chat had comments like "Is he recording?" and "Did
> he turn on the recorder?" sent me into a quasi-panic of myopia and
> tunnel-vision because I did not want to miss any details.
> 2. SCREEN VIEW - It is nice to match a face to a voice. Seeing the
> "camera view" of the presenter at the beginning and briefly "here and
> there" during the presentation certainly assists the tardy as well.
> Aside from these brief displays, it is very helpful if the screen real
> estate, the "screen view" is allocated to the computer desktop and
> specific windows where the coding action is happening. Without doing
> so, it is impossible to read the script, etc. windows.
> 3. DISTRACTIONS - Just a quick note to say I found the visual effects
> and cartoon animations to distracting for my taste, besides taking up
> screen area. This is my own personal opinion and not necessarily the
> opinion of any other participant(s).
> 4. VERBOSITY - I realize this comes easier to some than others, but
> try to verbalize your thought processes as you are working through
> your presentation. This really helps to "connect the dots,"
> especially for those of us who do not have the same familiarity yet.
> While I am a newbie to LiveCode, I am not a novice programmer and
> "hearing" the logic spoken allows my experience to assist my
> learning. Also, if your presentation contains a bug, hearing the
> logic may allow me to assist in debugging where otherwise I could not.
> 5. KEEP AN EYE ON THE CHAT - *We* are able to see and hear you via
> USTREAM, but but the only way you can "see" or "hear" our feedback is
> via the ChatRev. I noticed more than one instance where the presenter
> was oblivious to what the audience was trying to "say," especially
> when there were problems like sound issues, performance, clarity, etc.
> Ok, there are my notes from *my* experiences. Use what you feel is
> valid and throw out the rest, but by all means please continue to
> present! :)
> I would like to encourage everyone to present something. Everyone has
> their own personal way of communicating and the way *you* might say
> something could unlock someone's understanding where no one else's
> would. You don't have to be a guru-coder to present either. Maybe
> your presentation could be about how you lay out your LiveCode work
> space, what ancillary tools you use to develop, etc. I am working on
> a project that I will present, hopefully in about six weeks, if I
> haven't bit off more than I can chew. ;)
> FYI - I used to work in a television station years ago and have
> coached people into getting over the intimidation, anxiety and stage
> fright of being in front of an audience on camera. I'll be glad to
> help if you want to try and present. Unfortunately, I will have to
> defer the technical questions about using USTREAM to other experienced
> presenters at this time.
> Fair winds,
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