#techchallenge

I somehow missed the first challenge, so in this blog I’m going to talk about a few of the new technologies I used in order to complete my ReMediation project.

The first new technology I used for my project was Prezi.  Originally, I had planned to use PowerPoint to create a presentation for a guerilla marketing plan for my fictitious waffle house business; however, I had used PowerPoint countless times before, and I wanted to try something new and more challenging.  I had seen a few Prezi presentations before and I really liked the smooth, fluid transitions.  It was definitely something different when comparing it to all the PowerPoint presentations I had created and seen.  The only issue was that I had no idea how to use Prezi and put my vision on the screen.  At first, I decided to go it on my own.  I chose a rather appealing template and began adding my information.  The template was definitely nice, but it just wasn’t what I had envisioned for my ideal marketing plan presentation.  Luckily, Lynda.com was filled with a bunch of easy to follow videos ranging from how to get your Prezi started to how to customize it and make it your own.  That, coupled with the workshops we did in class, helped me to figure out Prezi and become more comfortable operating it.  As I kept working, I became more and more familiar with the ins and outs of my presentation.  I was able to create my own frames, make smooth transitions, and inset media into my presentation.  All in all, I am really happy with the way my project came out, and I think I definitely made the right decision to switch from PowerPoint to Prezi early on.  I will definitely use Prezi in the future when I need to present something.

Another form of technology I used for the first time for this project was the ScreenCast-O-Matic software Naomi used to record our meetings about our Re-Mediation.  I was unsure if I was even going to present my marketing plan, in part because I didn’t know how I was going to record it; however, Naomi suggested ScreenCast-O-Matic, ensuring me that it was easy to use.  She was right!  Besides the fact that I hate hearing my own voice, the whole process was extremely easy.  All I had to do was make the recording box wide enough to fit my whole presentation, press record, and pause it when I was finished.  Then, I just saved it as a video file and it was ready to be submitted.  I had to print out a transcript so that I could read along as I clicked through my Prezi, but luckily I didn’t have to memorize anything which made the process much easier.

Finally, I also used Photoshop to create a logo and T-shirt for my fake waffle house.  I have played around with Photoshop before, but I ‘m not that familiar with it.  I’m a little embarrassed at how long it took me to make something so simple.  My brother is a graphic design major and Queens College back in New York.  When I told him how I ended up with my final result, he explained to me how I could’ve done the same thing in a matter of two minutes.  Either way, my logo and T-shirt came out the way I wanted them too and I was still able to learn a little bit about Photoshop.

Re-Mediation Project Progress

After my last post about my Re-Mediation project, I made the official decision to shift over from a PowerPoint presentation and create a Prezi instead.  I had never used Prezi before, so I was somewhat skeptical about the whole thing; however, I had used PowerPoint many times before and wanted to challenge myself to use a new, different medium.  When I first created an account with Prezi, I watched a few tutorial videos and learned what seemed to the basics for creating a cool presentation.  When you elect to create a new presentation, they offer a variety of “popular” templates to chose from, or the option to start from scratch.  As a brand new user, I chose to use a template in order to ease my way into the process and familiarize myself with how to build a presentation.  The template I chose was of fairly simple design and definitely easy to work with.  It looked nice and transitioned very smoothly; however, I began thinking it was too simple and did not have the creativity I had hoped for when I decided to switch to Prezi.  For that reason, I decided not to use this template, and instead to create my very own presentation.

With the help of more videos on sites like Lynda.com, and the advice from my peers also using Prezi, I was able to get a pretty good idea of how to execute my ideas.  There is definitely still much more I have to learn about the process, as well as much more I would like to include in my own presentation, but this one is definitely already superior to the template I had been previously using.  I am now able to transition from section to section in much more creative ways that enhance my presentation.  When I decided to switch from PowerPoint to Prezi, I was nervous, as Prezi was completely new to me.  While I am still no expert, I am definitely more confident about it and about how my final project will turn out

Let’s Powerpoint it up, yo.

Because that is what I have decided to do for my remediation project! I wrote about doing a radio interview for my proposal, but as I am sick of fabricating circumstances, and a radio show would involve a lot more making up elaborate backstory, not to mention making up a radio personality, making one of my friends pretend to be said radio personality, and a whole lot of other nonsense like that. A Powerpoint presentation is simple, effective, probably useful in the legal field for explaining things to paralegals and such, and I can create a comprehensive presentation going over my argument in detail in a creative way. I am fairly used to using Powerpoint, as I had to employ it throughout high school for projects, and it is the medium we use at SAPAC for our workshops. I will probably use music clips instead of quotes for examples, and can use pictures for illustration of points. I hope that it will look professional and like something a lawyer might use in a presentation. I am excited to see my argument in such a concise format with so many ways to be creative.