I was quite the eager little first-year grad student last year when I submitted my paper proposal for the 2012 YALSA YA Literature Symposium. My subject–biracial identity in YA–was something I had been interested in for awhile, so I was happy to have an outside force encouraging me to turn my informal research into something real and accountable. But that was in February, and lots of school happened in between that acceptance and presentation, including a lot of procrastinating.

But I still made it, and on the Saturday of the symposium, I presented my paper and did not melt, have a heart attack, or run out of the room screaming.

I thought I would end up titling this post either “How NOT to Present a Paper at a Conference” or “How to Be the Best Paper Presenter EVER,” but I’m not sure I have the authority to write either. If there are rules other than “don’t rush and talk too quickly” (oops–failed that one), please let me know. Read More →

Title: Haiku Deck
Cost: Free
Platform: iPad – requires iOS 5 or later

I discovered Haiku Deck a few weeks ago and immediately it became one of my favorite apps. I use it all the time to create presentations. Now I create most of my presentations on my iPad and not my laptop because Haiku Deck provides features that aren’t available in PowerPoint or Keynote. I bet that not only will you find Haiku Deck useful but, the teens you work with will want to use it too. Why? Because it’s easy to use and makes it possible to quickly add high-quality images to a presentation.

Check out the screencast on Haiku Deck to see how it works. (You can learn more about YALSA’s Teen Read Week, the topic I create a Haiku Deck presentation on, on the Teen Read Week website.)

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When we talk about getting ready for conferences, we don’t talk too much about preparing a presentation or what makes a good presentation (or bad one for that matter). Many of us have been to a conference before or have seen someone present that we might like what they do and want to remember next time for our own presentation.’  What tips/tricks do you have? Read More →