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Storytelling for Presentations

I am a strong believer in storytelling!
You can check out some of my previous posts and papers on narrative, digital storytelling, and effective presentation skills!

Today Mike Pascoe shared this slide deck created by Alex Rister on Facebook. I liked it so I had to share it!!!

Ten most widely read EDUCAUSE Review and EDUCAUSE Review Online articles from 2012

I must confess that I miss Educause Quarterly and the “reader” counts it provided for each article. But I was happy to see the following top 10 list sent out by Educause.

Top Ten Icon Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012
By Susan Grajek and Judith A. Pirani
Top Ten Icon Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education
By Randall Bass
Top Ten Icon Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention
By Lorcan Dempsey
Top Ten Icon Discovering the Impact of Library Use and Student Performance
By Brian Cox and Margie Jantti
Top Ten Icon Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View
By Phil Hill
Top Ten Icon A Post-LMS World
By Louis Pugliese
Top Ten Icon An Open Letter to Students: You’re the Game Changer in Next-Generation Learning
By Mark David Milliron
Top Ten Icon “No More Excuses”: Michael M. Crow on Analytics
By Michael Crow
Top Ten Icon Technology and the Broken Higher Education Cost Model: Insights from the Delta Cost Project
By Rita Kirshstein and Jane Wellman
Top Ten Icon Challenge and Change
By George L. Mehaffy

Presentation 3.0 ??? Storytelling 3.0 ???

I have been interested in instructional communication and how academics present for some time. My interest began a number of years ago with my love for storytelling and hate for PowerPoint (or should I say the poor use of PowerPoint).
[Note: See below for related works]

I recently came across this video by Hans Rosling. I love his use of technology to tell this story. I was struck by his use of story, inflection, technology… to name a few things. I kept thinking about how this builds on what “weather men” have been doing for years but of course it does so much more.

So is this a new form of presenting? Is this a new form of storytelling? Not necessarily. And it certainly isn’t realistic (at least today) for the common person to tell stories like this. But it is certainly worth a look and serves as some inspiration to do more with technology, storytelling, and presenting!!!

Related Work

Passion, Projects & Play

A colleague of mine at Boise State, Jackie Gerstein, is interviewed by Howard Rheingold about Passion, Projects & Play and Restoring Creativity in the Classroom.

Passion, Projects & Play: Restoring Creativity in the Classroom from DML Research Hub on Vimeo.

For more checkout her blog @