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Student Presentations Rock…Or Do They?

Oral communication skills are particularly important for 21st century learners. It is not enough for a student to write about his/her ideas; he/she must be able to "present" them to others in nonformal and formal manners. Presentations allow students to develop and use a variety of skills, work with peers, and exhibit their multiple intelligences. Presentations should highlight content and enhance learning.
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Student Presentations Rock…Or Do They?
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Read the article, watch the video, and learn about how you can teach and inspire your students to create powerful presentations. You can watch the video with your students and ask them to critique his style or take clips from it to show how his humor or examples are engaging. He has props and pictures to enhance his presentation, and his voice resonates.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Although a somewhat monotone explanation of teaching about presentations, this is an effective video. The author explains concrete instructions for leading your students toward powerful verbal and visual representations of material. I like his mention of differentiated instruction and the various types of technology that can be used to enhance the students' ideas.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I love TED! It is important for students to see and hear effective presentations prior to creating and delivering their own. This site gives a rubric for assessing TED speakers and can be used in the future for your own students. It also suggests talks for your students to discuss and analyze. Students will have the opportunity to practice assessing presentations in class and at home before they are expected to perform their own.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Everyone has a story - this is a great way to inspire kids to share their own stories, stories about literature, science, art - you name it! There are some tips on how to create a story and links with examples. These presentations are only five minutes versus the TED 3-18 minute format so you can easily watch several student presentations in one class session.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    A series of short videos (only 60 seconds each) here can be used in total or one at a time. All of them are basic, yet extremely helpful in preparing your students for a presentation. I like the speaker's enthusiasm, clarity and easy to follow directions.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I like the multiple options given here for students to use technology to develop presentations. The "Lesson Integration Ideas" are also information and helpful. The best art of these technology ideas is that they can be differentiated for each year and level. Also, students may work individually or in a group when creating their presentations. If you click on "Nawmal," you can get a free trial and see if it works for your classroom.
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