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Learning Exercise

Material: Virtual Presentation Assistant
Submitted by: Robert Jackson on Mar 28, 2006
Date Last Modified: Mar 28, 2006
Title: Teaching Oral Presentation Skills Using the "Virtual Presentation Assistant."
Description: This site is and online tutorial for improving one's public speaking skills. The site is designed to help an individual target specific needs as a speaker by allowing access any or all of the contents listed, including determining purpose, selecting topic, researching topic, analyzing audience, etc.
Type of Task: Core activity, Individual, Student-centered, Unsupervised
Time Required 45 minutes plus the materials are available for student consultation all semester.
Topics: Identifying purpose, selecting a topic, analyzing the audience, researching the topic, researching and organizing materials, creating effective visual aids, and learning tips for effective delivery, etc.
Course: 9th Grade Speech
Audience: High School
Prerequisites Skills: No because this site provides basic information about how to prepare a speech and how to prepare to present that speech.
Learning Objectives: Students will learn the basic skills needed to select a topic, identify a purpose, research that topic, and prepare and deliver an oral presentation.
Technical Notes: Students need to know how to use a computer.
Text of Learning Exercise: This website was used to introduce students to the basics of speech preparation.

One class period was used to introduce the topic and the website to the
students. The site was helpful because no textbook is used in 9th Grade Speech
and the website is a very basic but user-friendly introduction to the major
concepts and activities involved in speech preparation and presentation.
Students had to print out the information contained on each of the modules for
quick future reference.
Additional Information URL: NA
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