I just received an email from Poll Everywhere about the new features they have added. For those not aware, Poll Everywhere is a voting system that works through the internet and texting. This mean that any internet device can participate. When it comes to polling systems (If you like these type of things), this is nice. The idea is that anyone with an internet phone, a phone capable of texting or a computer, can participate in your polls during presentations etc. Now for those of you who have read my earlier post during NECC knows what I think about these devices. In short, I feel there is a place for them in the teacher tool belt but that they are often misused. However, this is not really about the polling device. You see, Poll Everywhere also integrates with your PowerPoint presentations which means that live data can then be displayed immediately on the screen while everyone is listening. It makes the presentations interactive. Now, this is not really about that feature either. Rather, this short post is about what comes at the end of this sales e-mail. Below, I have copied the paragraph that prompted me to post this little message.
“We loved meeting you at MPI and NECC. Presentation pros – I hope we see you at PowerPoint Live (http://www.betterppt.com). It’s October 11-14 in Atlanta. Each year they’ve had great speakers like Garr of Presentation Zen, Cliff Atkinson (this year), and many others. We’re excited to hob nob with the all stars of the presentation world. If you’re attending, you can get 2 for 1 admission using the code “PE241” in the comments.”
Really?! A full 4 day conference on PowerPoint! Now, Garr and his book are great (I suggest you read it and check out his website if you use PowerPoint at all). However, a FULL FOUR DAY CONFERENCE ON POWERPOINT? Read the book, check out Garr Reynolds website, watch some TED Talk videos and explore Pecha Kucha or (http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/magazine/15-09/st_pechakucha) and do most of this while not sitting through 4 days of PowerPoints about how to do PowerPoint.