Thursday, January 29, 2009
A New Educational Experience
The other attorney did not use any visual aids, or use PowerPoint to make his points. From my professional perspective, the arguments of the technology-using attorney, supported by her Powerpoint slides reinforcing her points, along with the support of the video evidence, contributed to a more convincing case. When I talk about the evidence in a portfolio, I often use the metaphor of an attorney in court, creating an argument around a piece of evidence, using it to prove a case; in an educational portfolio, the case is the achievement of a learning outcome, goal or standard; the evidence is a piece of work, and I am more convinced about the power of video. In my latest learning experience, both attorneys were making logical arguments. I was more impressed by the presence of video evidence, and the obvious preparation of the technology-using attorney. It just reinforces for me the power of multimedia evidence when trying to convince someone else to agree with your opinion, especially related to achievement. But I also recognize the importance of a good argument (reflection) to support the multimedia evidence.
Sure video and images help. No doubt. However, I've sat through many powerpoints that haven't been done well and presented effectively.
Technology is a mean to an end. It is not the end. Preparation, no matter what your technology use, makes for effective teaching, lawyering, educating, leading, facilitating and many more.
My two cents.
As a piece of trivia, the technology-using attorney prevailed in this case. There were a lot of other factors (the evidence) in this case, and technology was only one... I just thought it "closed the deal" for me, even though I didn't get a vote.
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