Productivity Suite

Q1 Collaboration Step 1

11. Powerful Presentations

Working and Creating a Presentation Together

  • Group or Partner: Your teacher will help you identify a partner or small group for this project. It is understood that you know how to cooperate with a group and that you will give your best effort to your partner or group.

  • The objectives of this 21things project are to help build your skills using a presentation application, understand attributes of effective presentations, and learn to use digital tools to collaborate on a project in-person and/or online.
  • Each individual and group member will:
    1. Review the Characteristics of an Exceptional Group Member.
    2. Collaborate constructively with the group to use a deliberate design process while completing the project.
    3. Be responsible for creating one or more slides for the group presentation (as identified with your group and/or teacher).

Important Steps for Presentation Preparation:

  1. Create a team work folder. One team member will volunteer to make a Folder in their DRIVE space (Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive) for this Thing 11.Presentation project.
  2. Share the folder with editing permissions with your partner or team members.
  3. Copy or Download and save this Thing 11.Presentation Planning Document (Google doc or Microsoft doc) into your shared folder, making sure it has sharing permissions or all members.
  4. Add a link to the group folder in your Planning Document.
  5. Fill in your names at the top of the Planning Document.
  6. Discuss and fill in the Planning Document section for Learning Goals. Include 2 or more group learning goals for group participation or group work, and some goals members identify as something they want to learn to do with the presentation application (animation, A/V, techniques). Watch this Setting Goals Video (on YouTube) if you have more questions.
  7. One person will create the initial blank presentation slide and move or save it into the shared folder. In the next Quest you will decide on a Theme and apply it.
  8. NOTE: The Quest tutorials for Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint will help you learn how to add features, effects, to enhance your presentation.
  9. Advanced alternatives and features will be included at the bottom of each Quest for those already familiar with the basic ones.

Requirements, Time and Topic

 (Fill in the details in your Presentation Planning Document)

  1. Presentation Requirements and Topic: Your teacher will assist in identifying topic areas applicable to this learning experience. Topic areas may be specific to an academic class you are taking or an area you are interested in learning more about, or want to tell others about.
  2. Determine how many class periods or amount of time to work on the presentation
  3. Brainstorm your topic. Some topic area examples include: historical figures, mathematical pioneers, career interests, environmental concerns, opposing viewpoints, events in the news, or sports.
  4. Select something you and your partner or group agree is very interesting, that you can be engaged in or are passionate about.
  5. Write the topic idea down in the Planning Document and identify the message, what you want your audience to learn or to do based on your presentation. You may come back to this later to modify it.

Identify your Audience

  • Who is your intended audience (teacher, classmates, parents, others). This will help you focus on the types of content and images to include.
  • Considerations for something they can relate to
  • Consider their attention span and best length for the presentation

Four Main parts of a Presentation
   Briefly discuss and fill in your initial thoughts for each:

  • Greeting
  • Introduction with hook
  • Main parts or the body of your presentation
  • Closing

Map Out The Main Points

  • Ask one member to volunteer to create a visual organizer like Canva (on paper or the computer) that might look something like the image map shown below. It should identify the topic of the presentation in the center or top, with supporting details listed.
  • Supporting details will provide some points you want to include or make as you address the topic.GroupGraphic

Split-up the Research for the Main Points

  • In the Planning Document, list each of the main points and the person that will work on researching and locating media for each part.

Review of the Contents of the Thing 11 Group Presentation folder

  • One member created and shared the blank presentation (Google slide or Microsoft PowerPoint) and put the topic title on the slide, and shares it with the partner or group members.
  • One member created a Media Resources document saved to the folder where collaborators can list the research on the different topic details with the URL's of all the web resources found.
  • Members saved images or other media to use for the presentation project into the folder, and documented the source and copyright permissions on the Media Resources document for later use.

Setting Goals


You or your teacher will form a small team (2-3 classmates) to work with. 

1.  One member of the team will: 

  • create a teamwork folder and 
  • Share it with editing permissions 
  • to the other group members. (Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive).

Starting the work.....

2. One member will:


  1. Fill in your names at the top of the Planning Document.
  2. Work together and fill in the Learning Goals section. Include 2 or more group learning goals for group participation and teamwork, 
  3. Identify some technical features that members want to learn to do while working on the presentation (animation, voice, video, images, etc.). Watch the Setting Goals Video (4:14) to help you identify some SMART ones.

Continue to the next page to continue planning and creating your presentation.

11.Q1 Student Checklist (Word docx)

11.Q1 Student Checklist (Google Doc)


11.Q1 Teacher Guide (Word docx)

11.Q1 Teacher Guide (Google Doc)


MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, developing strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
b. Build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences

7. Global Collaborator
b. With guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal


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