Twelve minutes of total madness

From the planned, practiced, timed and perfected, to the spur-of-the-moment soapbox speech, the minute madness presentations had everyone watching the clock.

The six presentations before lunch set the tone (frenetic, intense, hilarious) and the six at the end of the day left us all buzzing. An impressive number of the presenters managed to spit everything out in time, but it was hard – really hard!   And with Nick ready to leap into action with his dreaded horn the pressure was definitely on!

So for those who might just have missed a detail or two, here’s the list of topics.  If you’d like to know more about any of them then do get in touch (click on a name to send an email).

Lastly, a technical note:  One or two folk asked how we created the timer on each of the slides.  It uses the ‘Custom animation’ feature of MS Powerpoint.  A rectangle is created for each second of the countdown and displayed for one second.  The animation starts with a click and finishes by displaying an ‘End’ rectangle.

Originally we incorporated drum rolls to mark the end of each presentation, but then we decided that it would be much more fun to have live sound effects and the horn was found.  (Actually, there was a middle stage in our plan – we wanted to use the Learning Technology team’s vuvuzela but none of the organising team could reliably get a noise out of it – clearly not a problem shared by South African football fans!).

A powerpoint version of the presentation is available here: LLS Conference 2012 Minute Madness template.

(Horn image from Wikimedia Commons)

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2 thoughts on “Twelve minutes of total madness

  1. I’m always happy to honk my hooter, but I draw the line at the vuvuzela – Miggie is tactfully playing down my mutinous behaviour in this regard. I would have preferred to rake my nails down a blackboard when the minute was up, but the hooter was a satisfactory compromise.

    I had great fun honking my way through the minute madness presentations and make no apologies whatsoever to those who bravely took part.

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