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Zoom Tutorial – Amazing New PowerPoint Background Feature

EPISODE SIX – Ask the Consultant

Today in EPISODE SIX of Ask the Consultant, host Braden Kelley shows you how to take advantage of an amazing new Zoom feature that lets you easily create compelling videos with PowerPoint slides over your shoulder in the background.

This is a way better method of presenting slides than having your camera on and sharing your screen.

This video is itself an example of what you can do with this new Zoom feature (currently in BETA) and inside I’ll show you step by step how to do it.

This zoom tutorial will help all of the following people be more efficient and effective:

It shows how to simply do what previously took third-party apps like mmhmm or post-production video editing knowledge and lots of time to achieve. It’s so easy that I can finally get around to recording Change Planning Toolkit™ eLearning and certification programs.

So, stay tuned!

Surprise people the next time you present on Zoom or record more compelling instructional videos and e-Learning to power your business or engage your students.

Now would be a great time to hire me to do a virtual keynote for your organization to empower your employees with greater knowledge and capabilities around innovation, change, transformation or design thinking.

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Quick Reminder of Steps to Create Over the Shoulder Slides in Zoom


  1. Create a new PowerPoint (13.33” x 7.5” works well)
  2. Choose a Background for your Zoom slides
  3. Fill default wide-screen format of all slides
  4. Copy slide from source presentation and paste it as an image onto one of your new background slides
  5. Resize pasted slide image to be 9.5” wide
  6. Position slide image upper right with ¼” border
  7. Repeat


  1. Open Zoom
  2. Start a Meeting
  3. Click the Start Video icon (ALT + V)
  4. Click the Screen Sharing icon (ALT + S)
  5. Click the Advanced tab
  6. Click on ‘PowerPoint as Virtual Background’
  7. Select Your PowerPoint to import as a background

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  1. EPISODE ONE – What is innovation?
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  5. EPISODE FIVE – What is design thinking?
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Empowering Students and Teachers

Design Thinking for Effective Educational Strategies

Empowering Students and Teachers: Design Thinking for Effective Educational Strategies

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In today’s rapidly changing world, education systems must adapt to meet the needs of students and prepare them for the challenges they will face in their future careers. Traditional teaching methods are no longer sufficient, and educators must embrace innovative approaches that foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Design thinking, a human-centered approach to problem-solving, has emerged as a powerful tool for shaping effective educational strategies. This article explores how design thinking can empower students and teachers through two case study examples.

Case Study 1: Redesigning the Curriculum

At the Bayside High School in California, educators faced the challenge of creating a curriculum that would engage students and prepare them for the digital age. Using design thinking principles, the school formed a cross-functional team consisting of teachers, administrators, students, parents, and industry professionals. They conducted empathy interviews and observed students in their learning environment to gain a deep understanding of their needs and aspirations.

Through the design thinking process, the team identified a need for more hands-on, project-based learning experiences that would integrate technology and real-world problem-solving. Inspired by this insight, they redesigned the curriculum to incorporate interdisciplinary projects where students collaborated, researched, prototyped, and presented their solutions to community issues.

The results were phenomenal. Students became more engaged, taking ownership of their learning process and connecting with real-world problems. They demonstrated enhanced problem-solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and improved subject-matter understanding. By applying design thinking principles, Bayside High School transformed their curriculum into an effective and empowering one for both students and teachers.

Case Study 2: Enhancing Teacher Professional Development

In a district-wide initiative, the City School District in New York aimed to improve teacher professional development by applying design thinking principles. Educators recognized the importance of providing a supportive environment for teachers to learn and grow, which would ultimately benefit their students.

Using the design thinking process, the district created a teacher-centered approach. They conducted empathy interviews and observed teachers’ struggles and aspirations in their professional development journey. The insights gained helped the district identify gaps and areas of improvement in existing programs.

Armed with this information, the district piloted a new professional development program, which focused on collaboration among teachers, personalized learning experiences, and ongoing support. The program incorporated coaching sessions, peer-to-peer learning, and opportunities for teachers to develop and implement innovative teaching practices.

The results were transformative. Teachers felt empowered, more enthusiastic about their professional growth, and better equipped to meet their students’ needs. The collaborative approach fostered a sense of community among teachers, enabling the sharing of best practices and resources.


Design thinking offers a powerful framework for creating effective educational strategies that empower both students and teachers. By adopting a human-centered approach, education systems can gain a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of their stakeholders. The case studies presented here demonstrate the positive impact of design thinking on transforming education.

Design thinking encourages a shift from passive learning to active problem-solving, nurturing critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration among students. Moreover, it fosters a supportive environment for teachers to develop and implement innovative teaching methods, leading to improved student outcomes.

As the world continues to evolve, it is imperative for educational institutions to embrace design thinking to empower future generations. By applying empathy, collaboration, prototyping, and iteration, educators can create educational strategies that equip students with the skills and mindset necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing global landscape.

SPECIAL BONUS: Braden Kelley’s Problem Finding Canvas can be a super useful starting point for doing design thinking or human-centered design.

“The Problem Finding Canvas should help you investigate a handful of areas to explore, choose the one most important to you, extract all of the potential challenges and opportunities and choose one to prioritize.”

Image credit: Misterinnovation.com

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Using Boredom to Help Students Learn

Bored Game TeacherWhat do you get when you take the technology away from a group of 10 and 11 year olds and ask them to be creative with a handful of household objects?

Well, Thomas Fraser, a teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Edmonton, Canada, troubled by the short attention spans of today’s youngsters endeavored to find out by creating what he calls the Bored Game, which involves giving students a handful of common household objects with the only instruction being to do something interesting with them.

The reaction at first from his group of always on youngsters were perplexed looks of how can I create something without an iPad, smartphone or a computer?

Then they started to get into it, and were sad when they didn’t get to play the Bored Game.

CTV recorded an interview about the Bored Game that you can watch here:

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My favorite part of the story is that they’re finding that the performance of the children in a range of subjects is increasing as the children have this periodic time to play and engage their creative problem solving skills.

So, maybe we need less technology in the classroom if we want to teach kids how to learn?

In my opinion, we focus too much on teaching kids to repeat activities, facts, and figures, focusing and what they’re able to memorize and regurgitate and not enough on actually teaching kids creative problem solving and how to learn. We don’t need a new generation of trivia experts, we need a new generation of problem solvers that can help repair the world.

We’ve all heard the saying “If you give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, if you teach a man to finish he’ll never go hungry.”

If you want your child to be more successful, you have to do the same thing…

“Good teachers teach kids how to do well on the test, great teachers teach kids how to learn so they do well in life.”

For more, I encourage you to check out the Edmonton Journal Article (link expired)

Image credit: Edmonton Journal

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