"Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
Blade Runner is one of my all time favourite films and I think this soliloquy by Roy Batty is one of the most beautiful pieces of improvisation ever put to film.
What does this have to do with FOAMed? Well the metaphor of memories being lost like tears in rain is used rather brilliantly by one of my education heroes Ross Fisher (@ffolliet). No matter how good the subject matter if the presentation is poor the message is lost. Like tears in rain. Through presentations and his own website Ross has helped place a focus on how we can improve the way we teach through the 'p cubed' approach.
I'm not going to repeat his work here other than to say if you teach or present anything about any topic you need to see his website and listen to his podcasts. You will learn and be inspired.
From a personal point of view I certainly was taught through 'death by PowerPoint' at medical school. Sadly, this was how I then attempted to teach once I became a fellow. Thankfully I was introduced to Ross's work by a former colleague @dominic_purnell. Needless to say, this has had a profound affect on how I teach now.
Interestingly, there is often some resistance from other colleagues primarily I think because of being used to teaching with PowerPoint as the sole focus - ''as a crutch'' - but if you view it as an aid and make yourself the focus of attention it is amazing what can happen.
No one can cover every topic in one session but we can inspire and enthuse. In this presentation I spoke in front of my fellow educators at DREEAM about p cubed and my own 'journey' in teaching. I also talk about some other useful technology such as Mentimeter, TweetDeck and QRS Codes which I might blog about separately another day. It is quite personal but I think shows how nearly 2 years of teaching has changed my approach. It also gave me a chance to reference James Bond (RIP Sir Roger), Indiana Jones, Sir David Attenborough, Robin Williams AND Ferris Bueller - not many presentations can do that!
Hope you enjoy my presentation which does use a lot of Ross's material (why reinvent the wheel?). Check our his website and podcasts. And watch Blade Runner if you haven't. It's amazing.