May 4, 2007

Presentations and Kamishibai

Text lists that sit, tediously, on the screen are the bane of PowerPoint presentations everywhere. Tom Battino mentions his FOO Camp presentation on Japanese kamishibai storytelling, in which storytellers use a stack of prepared images to carry the visual thread of the story they're telling. (wikipedia) (teachers' guide and history)

Of course, kamishibai are simply a very low-tech, ultra-reliable form of PowerPoint. The convention that you keep the text off the story cards is instructive, though; your slides don't need to explain themselves. You're right there. You can explain them.