Tuesday, April 19, 2022

#atozchallenge: P Is For PowerPoint

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I read an article on the Apartment Therapy website this morning called I Just Attended My First PowerPoint Party — and I Can’t Recommend Them Enough. At first, I thought the concept of a PowerPoint party was hilarious. After all, with all my years of experience as a trainer, I had come to see PowerPoint as something you brought out to put people to sleep.

Then I got to thinking, why not? Stories are all around us. Not just in books and audiobooks, not just in movies, not just on TV and radio. There are video games and virtual reality, movies and TV shows are now made for streaming on demnand, YouTube, DailyMotion and other video sites are a definite force in the world of entertainment. A lot of these things evolved over the last 30 or 40 years, and some newer ones are still in the test phase. PowerPoint is a visual medium, and a good one: it's simple to use (even kids in elementary school use it to create reports and presentations) and it can be used to tell a story.

I took a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in 2013 called The Future Of Storytelling, developed by the University of Applied Sciences at the University of Potsdam and taught through The learning objectives, according to the site:

Our MOOC will help you answer the following questions:

  1. How do fictional stories work? Which structures and mechanics are used?
  2. How do new technologies influence the ways stories are told and perceived - and which new media formats have been developed during the last years?
  3. How can technologies, interfaces and visuals engage an audience fast and continuously?
  4. How can I develop and implement my own story-ideas - on my own or in teams?

The course doesn't appear to be taught through Iversity anymore, but the course developers have a YouTube Channel where most of the lectures have been posted. If you're interested, it's worth the time to sit through them.

Bloggers are starting to branch out from the traditional written word format. Some create vlogs, videos instead of posts; others have gone the podcast route, turning their written words into spoken ones. Our world is changing, and we would do well to consider changing with it.

Do you currently have a vlog or podcast? Have you considered starting one (or both)? Do you think you might start using PowerPoint in your blog entries?

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Dino said...

I've been put to sleep many times by powerpoint, but this sounds fun.

Facing The Mountain

Kalpana said...

Your post was mind-expanding. Hmmm - yes probably a good idea to start a podcast.

ladyleemanila said...

will think about it....

Susan Sanderson said...

I have yet to master Powerpoint, John, but I have a few original poems on SoundCloud

And my post for the letter P is Promise, Priesthood and Perfection

Crackerberries said...

Hey John I've actually been thinking about doing a vlog with my cooking blog. Just finding the time is the hard part. I know what you mean about change and that is so hard. Change is something we have to accept (like it or not). I think I may have stepped on some toes with todays Prayer and Politics but when you wing-ding it, sometimes toes get stepped on. Have a great day everyone!


Gonz said...

Providing creativity, Purphoros is on your side:

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

This sounds quite interesting and I'm going to check out the YouTube link -- thanks! I do have a podcast where I turn my folklore blog posts into audio experiences. For anyone interested in that go to

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: P

Frewin55 said...

Last year I tried making a video post - its not easy though I think the stagefright aspect would get easier with practice. I will check out those lectures...

Cheryl said...

I have never heard of a PowerPoint party. Interesting. I don't vlog or have a podcast, but would love to do a podcast one day. Time is always the issue.

Talking about possibilities today. Maybe your post is a sign.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I do so much better with the written word. A vlog or podcast might be nice, but for me it is words on a page.

Tim Brannan
The Other Side | A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

Anne M Bray said...

P is for...

Palm Trees painting:

The Fluevog Pandora shoe:

2 gators said...

P is for parachute

kaykuala said...

Questions unending!