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Presentation Zen Powerpoint or Keynote on the topic of Exploration (not just dead white guys)

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Rob Durecka (Administrator), Aug 22, 2012

This goal-directed instructional design plan aimed at improving presentation skills for 5th grade students is well done.  It incorporates technology in a way that enhances learning.  The key to this lesson was the pedagogy employed by the teacher that was focused on inquiry. 

First, the teacher wisely provided links to several potential explorations that students would explore.  By providing the sites, it helps to narrow the focus for the 5th grade students, and it also provided engaging topics that would help students ultimately to produce more engaging presentations.  Throughout, the lesson, students are asked to explore their process.  Questions such as what makes for an excellent presentation, and how images impact on creating a great presentation are addressed.  There is even mention of students recording their process by using Titanpad.  Students benefited from working collaboratively to help develop their own final product, and process is emphasized throughout.

While this lesson is outstanding as it is, I would offer the caution that students develop a comfort level with the technology prior to delving into a lesson that ends with presentations geared for a parent audience.  Additionally, I would elaborate on the checkpoints that you are looking for in the process journal that students were asked to create.

Fantastic lesson that a libraian created that could be used with any subject area to enhance presenation skills.

Technical Remarks:

The PDF opened fine and no attachments were associated with it.  I may consider expanding on the presentation tools available to the learners to present their final presentations.

Time spent reviewing site: 50