Woo hoo! Only one week to go before I head out to Shanghai with Chrissy and Tara for the amazing Learning 2.008 conference! Check out the fantastic line-up of presenters:

I’ve basically been looking forward to this conference since the day I left Shanghai last year, so I’m a little bit over excited. I love getting to meet and see my virtual friends face to face, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a long weekend than talking with them (and all the new friends I’m sure I’ll make) about learning in the 21st century.

Plus, I get the added bonus of presenting three sessions (along with my amazing international school colleagues Julie Lindsay, Tod Baker, and of course, Jeff Utecht)!

Thankfully, my presentations are (finally) pretty much finished and ready to go, but I would love to get some feedback. I’ve made an effort to create them with a presentation zen attitude, so they will not be as meaningful without my narration (I definitely need to learn how to create a slidecast next). I can’t believe how different and how much more engaging my slides look with less text and pictures that bleed off the edge – a huge thanks to Jeff for loaning me the book!

Please take a look and let me know what you think:

Makingthe Shift Happen

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Connecting Across Continents

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What do you think? Am I missing anything?

9 thoughts on “Shanghai on the Horizon

  1. Visually stunning. Great to see Creative Commons images being put to such good use. I really like how clean and minimalistic the presentation is – I’m not a fan of text-heavy presentations. The content is stimulating and I like the aesthetic sustained across the three presentations. One wee error – Slide 25 on the first presentation has a spelling error: framwork. Sorry – I’m an ex-English teacher. Hard to let go of old habits. Well done and good luck.

  2. Kim these are visually appealing – I love looking at all the images just for their own sake, how I’d love to be able to hear the presentation to support it. I totally agree with Paul – I ‘m not a huge fan of text heavy presentations either. I have been trying to focus on making my own presentations more “Zen” like so can appreciate the time it must have taken you to search for images and put these all together. Best of luck with your presentations – these are fabulous.

  3. Kim, wonderful, clear, high impact. I love them! I also love the way you have a separate wiki for each presentation. Really impressive and professional! Good luck, and see you soon!
    (P.S. I am going to copy your idea for a Q&A slide at the end)

  4. @Paul,

    Thank you! Went through those presos with a fine tooth comb and hopefully got all the little spelling errors out before I presented (though the ones on slideshare will just remain the same). I’m amazed at how many stunning and professional quality images you can find within Creative Commons – what a fabulous resource!


    Thank you! I currently have a blog post rolling around in my head about my reflections on presentation zen – the most interesting thing to me so far was that finding the “just right” images actually helped me cement what I was going to say to the point that I didn’t even have to use my notes. I’m thinking Presentation Zen helped make me a better presenter. A good deal, I must say.


    Thank you! I wish we had time to see each other present in Shanghai!

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