Presentation Programs

This weeks lesson was about presentations. I think many people misunderstand the purpose of a digital presentation. It is not meant as a set of on screen notes to be read or copied down. It is meant as a visual tool to help pull your audience into your presentation and to enhance the information. Too often I have sat through presentations where the presenter has read slides to us. This does nearly nothing to enhance the presentation or engage the audience.

I have personally created and used many digital presentations to classes. Even with my experience and knowledge, I find myself falling into this trap. After completing a presentation, It’s good to go back through it with a critical eye and ask yourself what is it adding.

I find myself doing this after nearly every presentation, just like I do after nearly every lesson. Do a quick ‘post mortem’. Ask what went well, what could have gone better, how can I improve. Figure out what students reacted well to and what seemed to leave them cold. You could even conduct a quick survey. I’m always looking for continuous improvement.

We also spent time this week looking at the TED website. I am a fan of TED and have been for quite awhile. There are LOTS of topics and information on this site that I love to contemplate. I think it can be excellent jumping off points for student lessons and projects.

 

Technology Exploration Assignment 11

ComicLife

1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.
This is a really interesting way to engage students. This site allows you to take pictures and a story to create a comic book/graphic novel for telling your story.  Seems to be really flexible and usable. Allows author to create their script and then helps walk them through creating the pages to go with the script.
2. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.
I think it would be great for students to use something like this to present their findings from a lesson. Love the creativity aspect of something much more engaging than just writing a report.
3. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?
Seems to be relatively easy to use. It does cost $29.95 and requires Windows 7 or Windows 8. It seems like a really good tool to me and I would recommend it.

 

iSpeech

1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.
This is another text to speech utility. This one seems to do a better job of sounding more natural. You can translate small text quickly or entire documents to speech. These speech files can also be connected with animated avatars. This increases the interest level for students.
2. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.
I think this could be used by both educators and students. Educators could use this for enhancing their own presentations and in creating differentiated instruction for students with special needs.
3. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?
This seems like a really interesting tool. There is a free version that provides some basic functionality and is pretty easy to use. There are paid versions that provide more features. I was not able to find pricing for these additional features and functionality.

 

Technology Exploration Assignment 12

VoiceThread

1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.

2. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.

3. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?

 

Technology Exploration Assignment 13

Storybird

1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.

2. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.

3. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?

Scribblar


1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.

2. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.

3. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?

 

Technology Exploration Assignment 14

Kidblog.org

1. Describe what you learned from exploring this resource.  Be thorough in your response.

2. How could you use this resource in a school setting?  It does not matter if it is in your field or level, you need to understand how the resource might be used in educational settings.

3. Would you recommend this resource to other educators? Like/Dislike; Ease of use, fee or not, and so forth.  Why or Why not?

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