Today I tried to give a distance talk to a conference in Portugal called Web 2.0 na Ciência da Informação. My talk was on Blogging in LIS teaching and learning. I was using a service called WebEx which allows a host to switch control to a participant's desktop. Thus Julio Anjos in Portugal could, after he had invited me into the "meeting", switch control to my desktop (so he saw it on a screen that could be projected for the delegates). This meant I could show the PowerPoint on my machine and the delegates could see it. The delegates were in a real conference hall in Portugal (most talks were live).
That worked fine, but I was TALKING over the telephone, and that did not work well: they couldn't really hear what I was saying when my time came at 12.00 noon. Thus we had to abandon the attempt after 5 minutes or so. Fortunately I didn't have any more appointments today, so I was able to hang round my computer and I added extra text to my ppt. In the end I gave my first SILENT presentation at 17.00, highlighting important bits on the ppt using a drawing facility and managing the whole thing in 3 or 4 minutes. Perhaps all my presentations should be that short. I believe I got applause ;-))
So, here is the ppt, in pdf format at http://dis.shef.ac.uk/sheila/blogging2007.pdf . With the extra notes I hope it should be even easier than normal PowerPoints for you to follow what I meant!
Photo by Peter Stordy: Me, today, in my office.