I had a great time visiting with instructors that have real estate schools for both pre-license and post-license courses from all over the state of Oklahoma.  Special thanks to Patricia Wheeler and the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission for hosting this event held at the DoubleTree Hilton.

We started the day discussing how instructors can use shortcuts in creating their PowerPoint presentations quickly,  with minimal effort, and delivering them in a dynamic way.  During the second half of the day we discussed how to use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and SlideShare to create effective communication beyond the classroom.

One of the most interesting discussions that took place was about the issue of students using cell phones in the classroom.  There were many opposed to cell phones saying that it is disruptive for other students, distracts from participating in discussions, and disrespectful to the instructor.  I did my best to persuade them that cellphones allow students to  interact with one another to discuss key points, download resources, and share their experiences using Twitter.  Some seemed to be open it but others still held strong to previous beliefs.

My personal opinion is that cell phones and laptops can be an effective tool if used within certain guidelines during smaller classroom environments and extremely beneficially for large conferences for everyone to share their takeaways with everyone else.

Also for those who have been dying to know how to insert a video into a PowerPoint presentation.

Lets continue the discussion, please leave your opinion in the comments at the end of this post.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation for attendees to review:

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