As educators, we have been using PowerPoint for quite some time now. We are pretty savvy at creating presentations that connect with the learning audience. The critics are definitely not talking about us when they coined the term "PowerPointlessness". That term is reserved for those presenters that read the text from each slide and have inappropriate visuals and transitions that do nothing to enhance the message for learners.
For those of us that have unleashed the power of this "screen for learning", this visual enhancement and organizational tool is an essential tool in the teacher and presenter backpack!
But, wouldn't you just like to control that slide show from anywhere in the room? I know you can use the remote mouse or a device like my Presenter Plus USB device, but did you ever think you'd be able to control your presentation from your handheld! Forget that linear forward or back button, a product called SlideShow Commander developed out of the Carnegie Mellon Pebbles Project and now available commercially at Handango $49.95 (PalmOS) or Installigent (PocketPC)can do so much more.
While your slide show is showing on the screen, your handheld can view a Scribble Panel, Notes Panel, Titles Panel and Timer Panel. This means if you ever forget what the next slide is in your show, you can look ahead on your handheld without interrupting what the audience is seeing. And now you can do all of that without being tethered to your PC!
SlideShow Commander allows a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to be managed from a PDA, freeing the presenters to convey their message from anywhere in the room. More than just a remote mouse, the software application enables the presenter to navigate to any slide, see their notes and slides on the handheld computer, write on the slide by writing on the handheld screen, and use a built in timer to track and record the length of the presentation -- all from the palm of their hand. Slide Show Commander also allows other attendees who using PebblesPC (See my earlier blog entry, Handheld Software for Student Collaboration) to annotate on the current slide.
Selected academic researchers, and also employees of the US government and Microsoft can get the research version of SlideShow Commander. Contact us for more information.
Mmmm......now if I could have only found it when it was still "freeware"!! You know how the teacher's budget is!