Rflection Papaer-Week # 13 Sound and Speech

Reflection Paper: Sound and Speech

Week Thirteen


The heated debate around power point presentation between Doumont and Tufte raised many questions in my head related to the effectiveness of the most popular presentation tool nowadays. Apart from my personal point of view, I really liked Doumont’s approach in tackling this controversial issue with great objectivity admitting shortcomings before expressing admiration of this new tool.

From my little experience in creating or attending power point presentations, I can claim that a considerable number of presenters are abusing this tool instead of using it. I think power point slides can lend themselves perfectly when the purpose of the topic is so wide and the presenter wants his audience to easily track what he has to say from just looking at concise statements that can stick in their minds. However, some of these slides are so crowded so losing their goal and cause distraction to the audiences. What I want to say that there is no right or wrong opinion here.  As the deficiency is usually in the tool itself but in the way it is used.  So, there is always right or wrong for each specific case.

Ebert lecture was very impressive. I share him his feeling  of identity lose when he listens to his new  created voice and can’t feel it is him speaking. However, he sees himself fortunate to have all this new social media technology working on his favor. Using these technologies enabled him to have equal communication level with everyone.   His great ability to adapt has really inspired many people who went through difficult moments in their lives.

Kliewer and Bikler’s Article about “Enacting Literacy” has brought to surface very important points about the necessity of paying attention to the dimension of local understanding by the education policy makers and how important it is to broaden the concept of literacy so it doesn’t only include the traditional ways of how reading and writing are measured to have a broader range of practices. These practices focus on potentialities and not deficits and also focus on responsive literate context that is meaningful and relates to students’ experiences. They also argued against the idea of segregated classrooms where students with significant intellectual disabilities as studies indicate, usually show lower academic and social expectation in contrast to expectations for matched peers in inclusive schooling.  As literacy development takes place at multiple levels, incorporating strategies appropriate for all children becomes a necessity. The authors’ point which I really believe in its effectiveness is applying solutions that come from bottom to top and not from top to bottom as is usually the case with educational policies. This is because the school community is more able to realize the child’s immediate competence as a literate citizen and is more able to imagine his growing in literate sophistication.


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