These last couple of weeks have been very important in grade 6. Ryan Callaway’s Social Studies classes have been preparing and delivering presentations to show their learning about Ancient China. Besides doing research and organising their ideas, they also had to think about a few other very important things; their presentation skills, their understanding of the principles of design, and how they can go about citing their sources.
|Mr. Callaway showing the tools of the trade. Photo credit: M Mongardi|
The students worked on a few basic skills that are important to being an effective presenter.
- Be an expert on your topic.
- Practice a lot. And then practice a bit more.
- Face your audience and make eye contact
- Do not read your slides!
Principles of Design
|photo credit: M Mongardi|
We looked at how design can affect the way an audience engages with a presentation. Is your choice of visuals helping to convey your ideas to the audience, or distracting the audience from engaging more with your ideas?
- choose your images carefully, and make sure they compliment your ideas.
- make your images cover the full screen.
- keep the text on the slide to the minimum that you think you can get away with.
Citing Your Sources
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Paige Spilles (the Middle School librarian) came in and talked to the students about the importance of using Fair Use images and media in their work. As the sixth graders all have blogs, and will be publishing their Prezi presentations to that blog, it is important that they chose images with a license to reuse, and that they cited the source of that image appropriately. Paige specifically taught the sixth graders about citing according to MLA format.
There are many ways to cite sources, and this is an appropriate one for our Middle Schoolers to become accomplished at. You will noticed I did not cite according to MLA format.
Here is Paige’s presentation. If your students are going to mine the internet for images, this is a great time to start talking about copyright an intellectual property rights. This presentation can get you on your way.
Presentation by Paige Spilles