Last week I spoke with Mark Reynolds, our Schools Business Manager, at the Oxfordshire ICT Conference for schools. Unlike some of these kind of events, they had a large and growing audience, partly through extending the invitation to school governors too. It meant that there was quite a mixed audience, and plenty of diverging discussions in the break.
I’d agreed to give a talk looking beyond the here and now, and unconstrained by the uncertainties of policy and funding. It was a look over the horizon at the future, telling a story of how people may work in the future, and the technology and learning implications. I used our ‘Productivity Vision’ video, which looks at the workplace of 2019, and then continued by deconstructing the technology behind the video – to look at what exists now – either in research labs or in real life - and how the components might build to get to the vision described for the future. Unfortunately, I can’t share the whole presentation (I used a multimedia, interactive piece of software to present it), but I can share the short video that I used as the introduction, which is the starting point for the story I told.
You can view the video on our Officelabs Envisioning website, and you can also watch a video as Ian Sands, Director of Envisioning, steps through the video scene by scene and describes in greater depth the story behind the people and technology on display.
I meant to ask you after the presentation - what was the software you used to present it? It looked like a really nifty piece of outlining tech that I thought might be interesting to try in the classroom.
I was using an internal piece of software, but there is a free add-in for PowerPoint called PPTPlex, which allows you to do a very similar thing, and use PowerPoint to tell a non-linear story (great for teaching purposes).
The advantage of PPTPlex is that you can prepare all of your materials in PowerPoint, and then if you want to share your slides, or if somebody wants to use the on a copy of PowerPoint that hasn't got the add-in installed, it works in the completely standard way too.
You can get PPTPlex here