These days, tech is cheap, and getting cheaper. Things we couldn’t do just a few years ago are not only possible today, but we have gone even farther. For instance, sending a video message to a friend. Now, with the tap of a screen, we can create a short video, then tap the screen again and it is off to its destination.
Technology has enhanced my instruction, especially when it comes to public speaking. I am fortunate enough to teach in a school where just about every student has access to mobile technology that can shoot, store, and ship video through the internet. I have turned more and more to the use of video for instruction, practice, and evaluation of public speaking. If a student gives speech, and no one is around to record it, then your evaluation of what happened is can be questioned. But when it’s recorded, the student can see for him- or herself what was good and what needs improvement.
As I have asked students to submit more video presentations, I have developed a list of don’ts. These are elements of filming that students unintentionally let into their videos. They distract the audience from the message the student is intending to deliver. Continue reading “Public Speaking: 10 Video Presentation Don’ts”
When I first started assigning presentations in my classroom, that was all I did: Assign them. The students were given some guidelines, but they were essentially left on their own to figure out how to plan and perform their presentations. And for most of my students that meant creating a PowerPoint that had every word they were going to say scripted on each slide because their plan was to read it to the class while facing the screen, sheepishly looking over their shoulder every once in awhile to see if they still need to keep going.
Presentations in my class used to be so painful. I’m not just talking about me. It was painful for the students too. They didn’t like preparing for them, didn’t like delivering them, and didn’t like being in the audience. But I have learned a trick that makes the presentations so much better. Continue reading “Public Speaking: 3 Reasons to Stop Your Students from Using Visual Aids Immediately”
How has your experience been with assigning presentations in your classroom? Inspiring? Fun? Or does it sound more like how mine use to? Before I made significant changes, my students would make PowerPointⓇ presentations that had far too much content on each slide. Then they would stand up in front of the class, and face the projected image and present to it. Then when they were done we would all clap.
If your classroom presentations look like that, then it’s time for you to say “Enough!” I am still in the middle of learning how to teach my students to be better oral communicators, so you won’t see anything magical in my classroom, but you will see confident students, facing the class, note cards in hand, transitioning from topic to topic, with pertinent visuals on their slides. They have impressed me in ways I never thought possible under my instruction. I used to think that it was the job of another more competent teacher to get students ready for public speaking. But I have found that anyone can do it. Continue reading “Presentations: How Two Sources Transformed Public Speaking in My Classroom”