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Step 1: Know Your Tools
|Prezi Vs. PowerPoint|
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Step 2: Avoid Using Other People's Presentations
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Step 3: Less Is More!
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|Short and Sweet|
Step 4: Be Creative!
|Are You Looking At Me?|
Create Your Own Template!
|The Culture and Politics of Graffiti|
Step 5: Avoid Unnecessary Gimmicks
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Step 6: Lesson Plans Are A Must!
Dave Paradi illustrates, audiences expect better delivery skills and poor presentations have a real cost to organizations and academic institutions alike. Like Klosterman, we have all been there, including myself, because lets face it - who has the energy to make every single class a comedy show?! As I tell my students before their teachable moments, have a clear and concise idea of what you want your audience to take away after a class. This is especially true of any activities you should decide to include in your lesson plan. Duck Duck Goose might be fun, but ultimately pointless if there is no aim to its implementation.
Step 7: An Alternative to PowerPoint?
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There are teachers, myself included, who have made using PowerPoint mandatory in many instances where group presentations or individual oral presentations are concerned. We claim that we are teaching them valuable skills for their future careers but how many of us take the time to actually teach students how to make a PowerPoint presentation? Sometimes teachers give a brief tutorial on how to use it but generally we leave students up their own devices to figure it out on their own. We need to set higher standards for not only our students but ourselves as well. However, given the general misuse of PowerPoint I can't help but wonder sometimes if we are not doing a disservice to students by insisting on one type of presentation software. Cue Prezi...
Earlier this semester Jennifer came home with a Prezi from one of her colleagues. I had to admit I was rather impressed. So much so that I have given students the opportunity to play with this software this semester for their class presentations. To begin with, Unlike PowerPoint, Prezi is free to use and gives you up to 100 MB of storage on cloud. For your average student, what more do you need? It literally saves them $119.00! As for Prezi, if 100 MB isn't enough for the discerning professional there are three payment options that allow for 500 MB and 2 GB of storage. Furthermore, where students would have to send each other their PowerPoint slides via email and later integrate them (which can in turn lead lead to issues in Step 5. Prezi is available online and allows multiple students to make changes, add content or simply review one another's work. For further information check out Pepperdine TechLearn's comparison between PowerPoint & Prezi. Remember, regardless of which you choose, your presentation is not a substitute for good lesson planning.
|Prezi VS. PowerPoint|
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Step 8: Don't Depend on Technology
|Create a FUN Learning Environment!|
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