A Friday Moon Shot

In a previous post I wrote about Jeff Utecht’s Learning2 closing talk where he challenged us to “shoot for the moon”.

He challenged us to go back to school, to change, and to do something different.

I returned to school energized and excited to try out some of the new ideas and the learning that I experienced at the conference.  I was inspired by Paula Guinto’s (@paulaguinto) Learning2 talk about storytelling and her use of Haiku Deck to support her presentation.  I loved listening to her talk, the visuals she used, and the encouragement she gave when she said, “Don’t think you don’t have a story to tell. Everyone has one!”.  After her presentation, I thought about what story I could tell and how I could tell it.  I kept this idea in the back of my head during the conference and then on the way home, I realized my opportunity.  Our Year 6 classes are in the midst of the PYP Exhibition and to kick it off, they spent four days learning and engaging with their central idea in a conference style.  The Year 6 team asked me to give a talk on multilingualism and the brain (as a mom to a bilingual child and an EAL teacher, I am passionate about promoting multilingualism).

So, my moon shot this week was to develop a presentation for my Year 6’s using Haiku Deck and framing it around telling a story.  It took me a week to prepare the presentation – I researched, I summarized, I planned offline, and I searched for pictures.  I wanted to model a different way of giving presentations and model for my Year 6’s how they might present their learning throughout the Exhibition.  I asked them to listen not only for the content, but also to watch for the style of presentation.  Afterwards, we had discussions about both, and the feedback about the presentation style was overwhelmingly positive.  

Now that I’ve given my first Presentation Zen styled talk, I’m hooked!  The process of planning offline and then searching for images to support my ideas is simple, once you get your head around it!  It’s something different and for me, it was a small moon shot, but one that will hopefully, impact my students greatly.

What about you?  What’s your moon shot?

A special thanks to Jeff for setting the challenge and also to Paula for your inspiring talk and use of visuals.

5 thoughts on “A Friday Moon Shot

  1. Profile photo of Jeff UtechtJeff Utecht

    W00T! Love it…..love that you took a shot and challenged yourself and your student. This is what technology allows….it allows us to push ourselves and our students into new ways of thinking about everything including what it means to give a presentation. Well done!

  2. Profile photo of VivianVivian

    Hi Beth

    Thanks so much for posting Jeff’s video. I saw people tweeting about it but didn’t know the link. Wow. It’s a “not to be missed” video.

    I enjoyed your Haiku Deck about multilingualism. It’s one sure-fire way of ensuring multiple perspectives. Saying something in two (or more) languages, forces us to walk in the shoes of another culture, another perspective, another value system. Very valuable towards Intercultural-Understanding.


    1. Profile photo of Beth Queeney DresslerBeth Queeney Dressler Post author

      Hi Vivian,
      Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback on my Haiku Deck. I had a lot of fun making the presentation and then giving it to our Year 6’s. I don’t think I said that very often about other powerpoints! I’m hooked on Presentation Zen.

  3. Brooke Clayton

    Having seen your presentation on Multilingualism all I can say is ‘Wow’. I found the pictures you selected, along with the stories you told, created a real sense of connection between the audience and your message. They cared about what you had to say and engaged with the information you discussed. I still find it interesting that you planned so carefully before looking for images and I will now be thinking carefully about the planning of my own presentations. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Profile photo of Julie LemleyJulie Lemley

    Hi Beth,
    This presentation looks great. I really like Haiku Deck too and did a presentation for our faculty using it last week. I find that using Haiku Deck saves me a lot of time when I’m looking for good images. If I am just doing a presentation with keynote or Powerpoint, I find that the 1/3 plan, 1/3 gather media, 1/3 practice tough to stick to and the gathering media part sometimes takes a really long time, when you are trying to find media that really captures what you want it to “say”.
    I love the personal touches on your presentations with your family and your beautiful bilingual babe!


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