Create a Dynamic Presentation
In the previous section, you chose an application for your presentation that you are working on for your assignment for this independent learning unit.
No matter which application you have chosen, the design principles are always going to be the same. Below you are going to learn about design which includes graphics and layout. You will also learn about planning the final stages of creating your presentation as well as tips for presenting effectively.
1. You are ready to create your presentation. You should have your message, an outline created and an application chosen for the creation.
2. Depending on the application you have chosen there may be different themes. Choose one that is applicable to your audience. You will want to choose font that is easy to read especially when it is projected to your audience.
3. The layout is very important. Your text and images should be balanced on the page. Size, shape and colors are very important. In terms of aesthetics you will want to use contrasting colors, etc. Create a sample slide and project it in the room you will be presenting in. Is the text legible in every spot in the room? (Arial and Helvetica are good choices)
REMEMBER: Less text is better! Bullet your main points. Use visuals instead of text as they can convey messages too.
Do not put text on your slides for your audience to read AND read it to them. They can’t process the auditory and visual cues at the same time.
If you put a quotation or any sentence text up for your audience to read, tell them to read it, but do not read it to them. One quote/big idea per slide, no paragraphs.
If the application has slide notes, type what you are going to say there. Your audience does not have to see all the text that you are going to say.
Watch the transitions. It is fine to experiment with transitions and flying bullets, but they should not be a distraction.
Read this article on How to Write Powerful Bullet Points.
4. Visuals are essential for presentations. You can choose images and/or videos to convey your message.
Images should either be ones that you created/took yourself or in the Public Domain so that you don't run into issues with copyright
Pixabay.com has over 850,000 stock photos, vectors and illustrations.
Photos for Class has properly attributed photos suitable for students.
Check 21 Things 4 Students Digital Images for many other FREE resources.
Word clouds are a neat visual to make an impact on your audience. Various apps and tutorials can be found in 21 Things 4 Students Visual Learning.
You can create your own videos or choose videos from popular sources like:
5. You want to connect with your audience and one way might be a poll to assess pre or post knowledge of the topic. You may want to create polls ahead of time or do them on the fly. The polls will create conversation during your presentation so that you are not the only one speaking.
6. Other resources to use are audio files and music clips. You do need to make sure that these are also in the Public Domain as using other's music without permission is not acceptable.
Some music resources are:
7. When you have completed your presentation you should always run it in by a peer or colleague for feedback. Many of the applications have a sharing feature so you can share it with them electronically. Some applications even have a comment feature where the person editing can share feedback that you can delete after you have made changes.
8. Read aloud and practice your slides ahead of time. You may even want to record yourself on a couple of them and listen to yourself. Listen to your inflection and practice pauses.
9. When you are ready to present, you should have an effective presentation. There are several important things to remember as you are presenting.
Important things to remember:
Be present in the moment
Be relaxed and make sure to hook your audience from the start
Leave your audience with a task
Thank them for listening
Move on to the Assignment
Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators
1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration,
evaluation, curation and adoption of
new digital resources and tools for learning.
4b. Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources anddiagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
4c. Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
5a. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
5b. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
5c. Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
7a. Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.