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This tip forces you to ask the dreaded question – “Am I prepared to go on if the projector bulb blows out?” Below are some ideas on how you may be able to prepare ahead.

For a blown projector

  • Have printed copy of the presentation with you. You can always post the file in ANGEL after the fact for students.
  • Write down the phone number for tech support
  • If there’s an overhead projector in the room, bring blank transparencies

Store backup files in multiple locations

  • On a Flash drive
  • On a your laptop
  • On e-mail, as an attachment to a recent message sent to yourself
  • In your ANGEL course (you can hide them from students if necessary)
  • On your Penn State blog
  • On the CLC Lab U drive

Cross Platform Quirks

  • Use standard Microsoft fonts like Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Georgia. They’re most likely to be installed on all computers.
  • Be familiar with multiple versions of PowerPoint – you may be forced to use an older or newer version of PowerPoint or use one on an alternate system.
  • Office 2007 (Win)/Office 2008 (Mac) – Save files with the older .ppt extension rather than the new .pptx extension…just in case. You can do this under the File : Save As… command.

For Web sites or special applications, consider making back up screen captures…in case something fails to open “live”.

Finally, listen to student suggestions – If you’re lucky, one of them works for Media Services or the ITS Help Desk.

If you have any other suggestions or stories to share, let us know in the forum.

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