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- "You can become a better presenter." Indeed. Again, the challenge for a prof is how to do a lot of presentations, rather than just a big one, that can help get the concepts across. I could do the one or two lines per slide strategy (maybe when I teach this new revised version of Intro to International Relations), but I tend to prefer the presentation software mostly serving the purpose of keeping the students aware of where I am in the lecture and the major concepts and ideas that I am trying to explain. I have, I think, improved over time. I tended to use too many tricks after my Pentagon experience, but reduced them. I tended to use too much youtube once that became widely available, but I am more strategic in using it now.
- "Slide software can make impenetrable subjects mesmerizing" Well, I don't have to worry about that--International Relations is far from impenetrable. It is inherently interesting.