A lot of teachers have students working on capstone projects that culminates with a presentation. Let’s face it —very few people are comfortable presenting. Here are some tips to ease the pain and help students build professional presentation building skills for life.
Reflecting on presentation material
Are your students taking time to document, reflect and understand the processes they used to construct and deliver their presentation? Documenting the process and reflecting on the project can be just as insightful in understanding a learner’s growth as the final piece is.
Below are some questions for reflection to help your students organize their thoughts and reflect on what they have learned and how they want to present it.
In addition to responding to these reflection prompts, have students collect artifacts during the process of constructing the project (pictures, videos, snapshots). Have students purposefully consider, in real time, what steps should be documented to present a clear and chronological depiction of their process.
Tips on harnessing the power of the right tools for an effective presentation
What tools are students using to communicate their ideas? Think beyond Powerpoint. How can students use several different tools to share their work and ideas that will last beyond presentation day? We recommend these.
Visual, interactive presentations are just better. We know the one-size-fits-all learning method doesn’t work anymore. Your students can be presenting information in more than one way, whether it means an image, video, audio file or more.
This student documents her process to creating a final art project. She introduces her passion for cars, the object of her piece, to lay a foundation for the project. She builds out the history of car art and how she became interested in them. Then she brings us step by step through her art process — from drafting, to adding color and texture, and editing.
This group of students researched, identified and tackled the issue of endangered elephants in Africa by creating a kinetic elephant model and presenting it to the Dallas Zoo. See how the project evolved, from start to finish.
This design student builds out every step of the ideation process behind a brand’s logo. See how she moves through the process herself to create a logo for her own make belief company.
The combination of infographic, images, videos and lists makes this page easy and enjoyable to digest.
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