Death by Power Point

Thanks to a tweet from someone that I follow regularly I have been on a quest to find what it means to do a powerful and inspirational power point presentation. I have come across a lot of good ideas, some slide shows to illustrate the points and have received some ideas from some innovative people.

It is not my intent to share everything that I find, I want you to come to some of my presentations not knowing what to expect, but I have decided that it is time for me to raise the bar personally!!

And I guess share a few things I find along the way.

I found this presentation on slide share, entitled Death by PowerPoint and I thought I would share because it got me to thinking about changes I need to make in my PowerPoints. I hope that you enjoy a humorous look at Death by PowerPoint

Death by PowerPoint
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Found this website called Animoto.com You can upload your pictures and sync them to music, free for 15 seconds!!

Here is a CareerTech video


Story Books for Kids

Yesterday, during our Indian Capital GuidanceFest session I was talking with the FIRST Robotics group from Tri County Technology Center, and they have an awesome idea that I can not wait to see completed!!

They are working on a story book for younger kids, more specifically elementary ages students, to get them interested in engineering and robotics.

My first thought was the "Pistol Pete and Me" story book from the OSU Alumni Association. It's bright and colorful illustrations and simple to read style could get any child excited about heading to Stillwater as Pistol Pete takes the students across campus and introduces them to landmarks like Old Central and Edmon Low Library.

If a robot character can get students interested in robotics, what other possibilities does it have for you? A talking hammer for Carpentry, a stethoscope for Bio Med or Nursing, or maybe a spark plug with bug eyes that tells students about the automotive careers.

Let your imagination fly!! I would love to hear back from you and what see what characters you can think of.



September is halfway through and Autumn is coming quickly!! If you have not thought about what you will be doing to recruit students to your campus, let us give you a few ideas.....

OKCIS awareness and training classroom sessions for high school and postsecondary students
Personalized letter & email to high priority students
Telemarketing campaigns

Student/Parent night
Attend OK College Day/Night fairs, follow up

Student/Parent night

Let us know what you are doing or shoot us an at jzwei(at)okcareertech.org if you want the year round plan.

A Brave New World Wide Web

Viewed a well done video by David Truss shared via the Dangerously Irrelevant Blog that does a great job showing the transformation and tools of a instructor in the 21st Century and why these tools should be used in the classroom.

Think, Discuss, Share


Chatting with Lincoln

Lots of ideas running around this morning, but I thought first I would share a cool new Beta website that I stumbled upon reading the Moving at the Speed of Creativity Blog.

The post was about Virsona. Virsona is a "virtual person" who you can train, educate and interact with. Conversations with people, movie stars, presidents, scientist whose conversation is driven by user input and knowledge.

Possible uses could include classroom studies, using it to develop a school mascot or telling the world about your most famous alumni.

Try out a chat with President Lincoln, let us know what you think.


GuidanceFest 2008

Wednesday was our first event for GuidanceFest 2008. We held it at NWOSU in Enid and felt that it was a successful event.

The room was full with about 30 attendees. They got to hear from a variety of speakers about the Past, Present and Future of the CareerTech System. I think it was pretty informative!!

One thing to note, we did without the traditional handouts of power point presentations to the attendees. Instead, we are posting them to the GuidanceFest page on the Tech Prep website. It saved only 240 sheets of paper or about $1.40, but as we work to transition more presentations and more conferences online, it will start adding up and CareerTech will be helping the world be a little greener!!


Dalton Sherman's DISD Keynote

This morning I received a link to Dalton Sherman's moving keynote address for the Dallas ISD. Dalton is a 5th grader at Charles Rice Learning Center, home of the Tigers!! Thought you might enjoy.


CareerTech Hall of Fame

Did you ever wonder who was in the CareerTech Hall of Fame or who the pictures on the wall in the state department were?

Check out the new Hall of Fame website!!


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