For my Course 3 final project, I decided to focus on the aesthetics of presentation design as described in “option 1”. As I am also aiming to complete my GET certification with this program, this seemed like a great opportunity to practice giving a training seminar for colleagues which focuses on one of Google’s Educational … Continue reading Presenting Google Cardboard – Design Principles for Introducing the Potential for VR in the Classroom.
Effective data visualization helps us to more easily comprehend trends and relationships between sets of quantitative data that may not otherwise be readily apparent. If one is looking at numbers and statistics on a page, trends and correlations are many times not easy to see. Large data sets that are effectively transformed into a more … Continue reading Data Visualization and Infographic Design
Storytelling has played an integral part of human development and evolution over many thousands of years. I had read this before in various articles (like this article from Time Magazine) but I had not realized the profundity of its importance until recently reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. According to Harari: “Storytelling is our speciality. … Continue reading Bringing Storytelling into the Science Classroom – Some Initial Thoughts and Ideas
I really enjoyed exploring the Presentation Zen blog this past week, and noticing the ways that good design can really make or break a presentation. Unfortunately, bad presentation/slide design is so ubiquitous that we come to expect it, and it usually never phases us when we are subjected to poorly designed presentations ourselves. (Left … Continue reading Applying Principles of Design to Presentations
There is a common misconception that science does not interest itself with design, and that those working in scientific fields think that design is best left to the arts and other more subjective disciplines. However, elements of good visual design are crucial to the field of science, especially when it comes to communication. Recognizing this, … Continue reading An Example of Visual Literacy in the High School Science Classroom
On a recent trip to New York City, I spent a very pleasant afternoon at the “Cooper Hewitt”, the Smithsonian Design Museum, which was not a museum I would have typically predicted I would enjoy as much as I did. (I highly recommend it if you are in NYC.) I have also been enjoying the … Continue reading Initial Thoughts on Visual Design