Media Fluency

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Why did you make the slide look the way it does?
I made my slide look this way because there's always a point in time where you fall, and you just give up. You don't know how close you are to where you want to be, so don't give up. Get up and move forward. And also the reason why I made it like this is so that when someone reads this, they can feel motivated in life and live it to the greatest.

What influenced your decision making?
What influenced me in this decision in making this, is all the things I've done that I regret. Although I got up and kept moving forward, that is why I am here in SLA. If i gave up, i wouldn't been in SLA been giving it my all, working hard, and helping others. That is the reason of why I was influenced of my decision of making this.

My First Slide

Me Slide

This slide I created with the idea in mind to keep it simple. I tried to bleed the photo off the page, but it didn’t seem to help the visual much, leading me to leave it fully on the slide. I also shortened the quote to allow for bigger fonts but also to give the audience less to read. Another thing I did to make room for larger text was cut the quote into two. This gave me the ability to use two colors while still making sense as well. Just in case you were wondering, that’s an original quote.

Copyright Christopher Irwin-Diehl 2014.

I also had bright text on a black background to give the slide contrast. The slide is set up the way it is in attempt to balance that huge 72 pt. font with a small picture and some 36 pt. font. The picture in the far left corner is a representation of my fascination with both computer languages, but also Japan and its marvelous culture. This also is shown in my color scheme choices, as the big text is green, which is commonly the default text color in older coding terminals, and the red and white colors representing the Japanese flag.


The Work

 Man, I can't believe this sh*t bruh. I make them all this damn bread and they wanna pull this off?! What do he mean they want my damn head? Ha, f*ck that bruh, I'm the main money maker in this jawn. It wasn't even a dime. Man, I just gotta get my money and dip cuz. I can't be putting my family in danger like this fam.

   My brother walks out into the alley. He starts ranting on about how what I do is bad. (Chuckle) But I'm the reason that we livin' in this single house with three floors, a big ass yard and a damn pool. I'm the reason why they never go hungry in this house. He starts talking about how I could have done good without the drugs, without the drug money. He said I could have finished college and got a good ass job. As what though? A damn boring ass lawyer? Nah I'm good. I just look at him like if I was Kanye staring down the crowd of the Kris Jenner show for laughing at me. "Are you stupid?" I ask. He tells me to watch my mouth because he's my older brother. He lightly pushes me and I ball up my fist. "Ayo Bobby", I hear from the end of the alley.

   I look at my brother and run as fast as I can. I heard that voice and recognized that jawn as soon as I heard it. I look and they started running too, so did my brother. He knew who they were too. I hid behind a car hoping that they will keep going but I hear their steps slow down and eventually stop. They asked me where I was at. They were dumb as hell for thinking I was gonna act out. I heard them cats pulling out their straps, I heard them cock them jawns. POP POP! It's my brother who started shooting first. He came out of nowhere. POP POP! That shit continues, my brother was shot. He was holding his leg right above his knee.

   I grab his strap and black out i start shooting with my eyes closed. After a while I could feel it though. The cold, numb, emptiness right below my right shoulder. I keep blastin' though. These cats ain't taking me today. I blast, I blast... I BLAST! POP POP! I close my eyes and can't remember anything after that.


 I wake up and see all these cops. I was scared as shit. My damn brother is all that was going through my head. I must have been thinkin out loud cause one of the cops told me that my brother was right in the next room...he was gonna okay. They told me that they have to take me in after I recover. They allow me to leave the room and walk right to the doorway of my brother's room. "I'm sorry" I say. He just looked at me and I smiled then ran for my life.

We Will Bury You

“You do not have the funding required to produce such an automobile.” The sentence echoed between my ears. We had worked on a modern design for quite a while now, only to be shot down. We even had working prototypes driving around Mlada Boleslav. The Skoda 120 was to be our first modern car since the occupation began. It would have shown the world what Czechoslovakia was made of. I started to think about the factory. I have friends who are foremen there. In fact, I’ve been there many times. We have the capacity, I know it. Our workforce is among the most highly skilled in all of the Socialist Republics. The Skoda 110 has been highly successful. We’ve turned a profit for as long as I can remember. We've done internal research to ensure that we can mass produce a front wheel drive car.

You know what, it isn’t about the company. It’s about power. The revolution scared them. Dubcek scared them. Now Moscow knows what we’re capable of. We aren’t like the other socialist republics. We have capabilities that they don’t. We were industrialized before the war. They don’t like that we aren’t the others, who depend on the Soviets for resources and money. We could easily sustain ourselves without them. Everyone in this country knows it, but the Soviet implementation of fear keeps us from talking.

They don't care about us. They want us to wish we were them, but we're better. We fought with peace, they brought it to violence. They're no better than schoolyard bullies. We will need to beat them with industry. Violence would bring us down to their level, which is just what they want. If the car is built, we will have a world class small car that we can make large amounts of money exporting to the West. However, doing this is nearly impossible without going through Soviet hurdles. Since they already don't like us, the chances of the idea being approved or funded are infinitesimal. If we don't build it, the Soviets will know we are willing to lay down and take punishment until we are just like the others. Despite the potential issues with that, there's still a positive side. By accepting our punishment without retaliation, people like me will not need to fear imprisonment or death.

There's no way just accepting their decision is the better option. I would disappoint my entire research and development team. All the work we did would have been for nothing. All the 15 hour workdays and all the company's money, for nothing. The designers even already have a body built for it. I can't let them down. We have to build the car.

Flash forward, 1983: I regret what I said. I have been reformed. There is no reason to improve something that isn’t broken. The Gulag system has shown me the truth. I thank the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for re-educating me. I should not have doubted them.

Just Let Me Stay

Principal Brown come on don’t do this to me. Please you can’t! You  just can’t...we go way back. I was there when this place first opened, I know who pulled all the pranks, I remember the first graduation class back in 94’, and it just keeps going. I am the backbone of this school. Me and others, all have put so much time and effort into this place, so that the students can feel like home. Each and every year when new ones come, they come to us and start the next chain of stories to be held. It’s our job, it’ our life, and you want to replace us with me ones.

What if we replace you huh! You wouldn’t like that at all so why you doing this to us?

Remember back in 96’...when we got that stink bomb. You remember that and guess what? I know who did it. His name was Chris. He was a Junior, one of the bright ones too. He was a pretty good student too, but he just got in with the wrong crowd. You remember them, the so called thugs back then. They were bullying him, everywhere he went they followed. They were making him do whatever they wanted him too, and they told him to make and plant it into your office. And so when it went off, you remember how he came to you and told you who did it? You remember principal.

You believed him too easily, and expelled the student that he told you, but all the evidence was planted on that student. The students that bullied Chris planted all the supplies, and plans in his locker, so of course he couldn’t explain why it was there. A complete set up. He couldn’t do anything but accept the fate that was for someone else.  

The thing that made it worse is that you were so filled with rage, that you never considered the fact that he could have been framed, and maybe he didn’t do it. Don’t try to lie. The case was just too easy and you never thought twice about it. You punished the wrong person for a crime he didn’t do, and the bullies had a great laugh. After you expelled him, Chris came back to me got his stuff, but he couldn’t leave. The bullies came back, threw him in me, and thanked him for doing their dirty work.

Before they left they told him, “Tell anyone and you’ll regret it.” I can still hear their painful words, still see how badly Chris shook with fear, and I was the only thing around that could help. I was the only one who knew what really happened, and that’s just the start of my memories.

What about in 2000, when you thought the school was going to close, and all your hopes were in a students project being picked as the country’s best. You remember that girl? Her name was Amber, and where did she house her winning project? In me. I was the lucky locker to keep her project safe. I had all her notes on how to build it, produce it...I was the one that had the inspirational words on it from previous years that motivated her the entire way. I was always the one that was the first to see her, and the one that always said goodbye. I was the one that was always with her, and always knew what she thinking. I was the reason why she succeeded.

Now let’s not forget about the 2006 senior prom. You remember what happened, they couldn’t decide on who to pick as the ‘Queen’ but really, there was one true winner but they felt bad for the other girl who got into a car accident the day before. She was going to be the winner, but because of her accident, she had to stay in the hospital. So they went down to the hospital and crowned her there. They even came up with the idea to make a nice little video of it, and that got shared with the school the next day. They made that girl so happy, and she needed that for her recovery. I saw it all, heard it all, watched them get all excited about it, and saw them put it into action.

I grew as this school grew over the years. I know who steals the pretzels from your office, I know what the teachers do once all the students leave each day, and I know so many secrets from almost every student in this school. They never think that I’m listening to them while they walk past, but I am. If I told these secrets I could ruin so many lives. What I know can never be forgotten. What I know must be shared, but if not, at least let it live on in my memories. So I’m begging you, not to replace me with that new crap. Let me stay and be with the family that I grew up with.

I want to see how it all goes down. I want to see my family grow. I want to spend my last days rusting away watching them grow up, and go in the world.  

The world of Kara

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My slide looks the way it does, because it gives the audience a yearning feel for background information behind the word. I decided to increase the size of the text, because that seems to catch someone’s eyes, compared to whether it was smaller. I also made the text color a dark red, because it pops out over the black and white image of me.  I chose the idea of hope, because it is something we all want to have at certain times in life. The picture of me is looking at something, and that something is hope. Based off my ME MAGAZINE, I hope to have goals for my future, and a successful life in school. This slide shows how one word can have so much meaning behind it.

All about Elani!

Family and friends are a big part of my life. “I love my life and the ones in it.” I made my slide look the way it does because I thought that it would be cool to just have one picture describe me. The image also describes me in only a couple of words. I think that just seeing the picture as a whole made me want it. In my opinion the picture itself was enough for my slide and I didn't need anything else. I decided to make the words really big so everybody can see it and I decided to have the background white so you could see the words more clearly.

Media Fluency

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Why did you make the slide look the way it does?

My slide looks the way it does because I tried to make my slide look different and creative from watching the video that was shown in class. In the ¨Presentation Zen¨ he said that your slide should look interesting and that your colors and images should pop. Watching the video helped come up with some ideas.

What influenced your decision making?

The links to the tutorial gave a lot of good ideas for my slide and using the sources provided helped a lot. In class you gave us some advice to look at exaplmes to help us with our slides, so I took it and tried to come up with some ideas.

Media Fluency

All About Me!

Why did you make the slide look the way it does?

I made my slide look the way it does because I tried to be creative and take important advice from the tutorial video we watched and links provided. The video showed how to make your text bigger and different, so I thought that was cool and could make my slide more interesting.

What influenced your decision making?

The tutorial links and video gave me a lot of things to think about for my slide. So, I used some of the information provided in those sources to help me make my final decisions for my slide.

"Keep Your Head Held High.."

Tech Presentation
The reason I made my slide look like this is because we kind of had to be "unique" but it also had to be about ourselves. This is about me because the quote "Keep Your Head Up High Princess, Your Crown Is Falling." relates to the fact that it's basically the reason I am the person I possibly am today. I always used to listen to the bad stuff people would say about me and it really brought me down. Every day I literally walked to school hanging my head down low, my friend walked up to be picked my head up and said "Your crown was falling." I made the letters big and bold because it is the thing that needed to stand out the most. I put a picture of the little girl and made the crown bleed and fall off her head a little. Then I have a picture of me, to indicate that I grew up, forgot what people had to say about me and held my head up high with the crown on top of my head. 

Who is Tito?

Tito's Tech Slide

Hey Guys, I decided to make this slide how it is because I feel like it is the best way describe me. I usually stand out from the rest of the group in the things that I do and so I thought that it would be a cool characteristic to use. When I was making this slide I originally had no idea as to what to do, instead I spent one day surfing the web for information about slides like the one that I needed to do. I mainly used the sources given to us on canvas for the actual knowledge and explanation type of research but I spent the rest of the time on google images, looking at examples and figuring out what it was that I wanted to aim for. I ended up incorporating quite a few elements from the other slides, like bleeding certain things out of the page, using a box to figure out the alignment of specific details and many other things like the colors and shadows/blurs to give the whole slide a mood. Overall it seems pretty simple, but I that was what I was aiming for.

2nd Draft

For my second draft of my slide, after uploading the first one and getting evaluated by my peers and my teacher. I decided to make some changes based on what they said.

The first change which I did was to remove some of the gray circles on the slide, I was told that too many of them would make the viewer disoriented and also would look too messy. I decided to remove about half of them and increasing the spacing between them while still keeping the bleeding effect. Other changes that I made were things like adding clouds to the top, removing a lot of the white text and overall enhancing and trimming the original picture.
Tito's Tech Slide
Tito's Tech Slide

All About Me Slide, Sok

I wanted to incorporate food and a laptop because that is what I spend the majority of my free time on. To add color, I made the text on the laptop a bright shade of pink. I chose this image as my backround because I thought that it nicely bled out of the image and that there was a good amount of emptiness distributed throughout the picture. Plus, it had food and a laptop on a bed and it gave off a cozy vibe which was what I wanted.

Me Slide -Davis

​The main aspect that was included in my Me Magazine was fashion. I made sure the background I chose was mainly neutral colors and made sure that the word/s I used were in a bright color to come off as eye-catching. When there are too many words present, the slide looses it's purpose. Therefore, I chose to use only one word.

Lyle Seitz- A presentation Slide

I made my slide based off of something that people all over SLA usually think of when they think of me. I used a picture of the Backstreet Boys as the main focus of my slide, because when people usually think of me, they think the cool folders I have, all with the Backstreet Boys. I then put my name with a question mark because people also think ‘whoa what just happened’ after they spend some time with me. I wanted my slide to look really simple, so I didn’t add many elements to it. I thought of the apple ads, and saw how much they put on their ads, they don’t have many components to them, but they look really good. I also thought the Backstreet Boys were a good choice for me because they are so full of life and youth just like me.  

Kaamil Jones - Presentation Slide

I made this slide look like this because I wanted it to look really simple. When doing this I thought about Apple, the company. I looked at their ads and saw how simple it was and how they had simple colors like black, white and grey with a pop of color. Also from reading the articles and thinking about the IKEA ads It was just simple and focus around the pictures instead of the words.

All about me, Feliciano -Hayes

My slide includes pictures. I put up a simple collage that has pictures of things that describe me. The pictures include a picture of me and my friends, a picture of an Olympic swimming pool, a picture of the Harvard logo, and a picture of the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico. The picture of me and my friends represents how I love my friends and I would do anything for them because they are a major part of my life. The Olympic pool picture represents how I'm a competitive swimmer and if I'm good enough I would like to start an Olympic swimming team for Puerto Rico and be able to become an Olympic swimmer. The Harvard logo represents my dream of wanting to go to Harvard to study Biological Sciences and then graduate and continue on to medical school so I can become an endocrinologist. The Caribe Hilton Hotel Picture represents my childhood because I basically spent every weekend of my life in the hotel and I thought it was really cool because I got to meet people like Selena Gomez when they filmed movies there. I made the Olympic swimming picture and the Olympic swimming pool picture bleed off the page. I enlarged the images so that they could be visible from a distance. I put very few pictures so that I would be easy to see and know hat it is from a distance as well. When I first made my slide it had a lot on it so I removed any non essential information/pictures.  One thing that made my slide authentic was that it shows things about my past, present, and future by simply using a visual aid.

All About My Slide

My slide that I created is based on my ME Magazine. My magazine was about my dance life, so thats why I have a photo of a ballet dancer. Making my slide was very difficult for me, because most of the time I was wondering if I had too little or too much. A source that helped me make my slide was an article called “Top Ten Slide Tips” by Garr Reynolds. I learned a lot! One big tip that he gave was to keep your slide simple. Reynolds said to use slides with a horizontal or Landscape orientation. He also said that the image should be the main part, so I thought about rather than having just multiple images, use an image as a background, and a small amount of words. I think this helps keep the audience focused on you, but can look at your slide, without getting distracted from the presentation.