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Choosing a Presentation Format - Lesson 7.1

1. Review details and logistics for the BCPS Student Independent Research Symposium.

2. Explore your two presentation format options:

Use example videos recommended by your teacher from the links below and a Venn diagram to compare & contrast characteristics of oral/multimedia presentations and TED Talks. Consider elements like organization of content; use of visuals, media and text; and public speaking techniques.

3. Preview the success criteria for both presentation formats on the Presentation Rubric.

4. Select the best format for your Symposium presentation by reflecting on your research and how it could best be shared with an audience, as well as your own presentation strengths, style and preference. Inform your instructor of your choice.

Students please note, if you choose the TED Talk option:

  • You will be registered for the BCPS Independent Research Seminar "TED-Ed Club" for the purpose of accessing curriculum materials designed to help you develop a TED-style Talk. TED-ED Club "meetings" are your regular IRC class period.
  • Your teacher will have you sign a TED-Ed Club Student Participation Agreement, which is required for use of their curriculum materials.
  • Access to TED-Ed Club curriculum resources referenced below will be provided by your instructor (as they cannot be linked on this public webpage). Teachers will also provide access to TED-Ed Club YouTube videos in school via VoiceThread.
Planning the Presentation - Lesson 7.2
Oral/Multimedia Presentation TED Talk

1. Consider your purpose and audience:

  • What are the main ideas you want to convey?
  • What evidence/examples from your research will illustrate your key points?
  • How will you "tell the story" of your research process?
  • How will you engage and inform your audience?

2. With teacher guidance, investigate different methods and tools for outlining or storyboarding a presentation to get started on organizing your ideas..

3. Create an outline and/or storyboard to sequence the main ideas, key points, and supporting evidence/examples from your research. You may find these resources useful:

4. Self-assess your progress using success criteria for Explanation of Ideas/Information and Organization on Presentation Rubric.

Identify, Frame and Outline Your Idea:

1. Watch the TED-Ed Club Episode 4 video in VoiceThread..

  • Respond to the questions and discuss with fellow IRC researchers, as directed by your teacher.
  • Refer to these directions for How to Comment in VoiceThread.

2. Watch a TED Talk to dissect the main ideas & examples. Choose from here or use one recommended by your teacher:

3. Complete Exploration #4 on Idea Book pages 6-8 to develop an in-depth outline with key points and supporting evidence or examples. You may also use storyboarding (see #3 on the left).

4.Self-assess your progress using sucess criteria for Explanation of Ideas/Information and Organization on Presentation Rubric.

Creating the Presentation - Lesson 7.3
Oral/Multimedia Presentation TED Talk

1. Use the resources below to identify best & bad practices for multimedia presentation design. Create a two-column anchor chart to make a list of "Dos & Don'ts"

2. Choose a BCPS-approved multimedia presentation tool such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Sway.

3. Use your storyboard and list of best practices to begin creating your multimedia presentation slides.

  • Focus on slide text for now. Remember to use text sparingly, and avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing and quoting information taken from sources. You will have an opportinity to add visuals & media in the next lesson.

4. Compose your narration notes for each slide in the Notes section of your PPTX file, and then summarize on note cards. Remember to avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing or quoting information taken from sources. See Creating and Using Presentation Note Cards for tips.

Master the Story Arc - Beginning, Middle and End:

1. Watch the TED-Ed Club Episode 5 video in VoiceThread..

  • Respond to the questions and discuss with fellow IRC researchers, as directed by your teacher.
  • Refer to these directions for How to Comment in VoiceThread.

2. Watch a few TED Talks to study the story arcs and note examples of great openings, methods for sustaining an audience, and great closings. Choose from here or use specific videos recommended by your teacher:

3. Complete Exploration #5 on Idea Book pages 9-12 to develop ideas for an engaging opening, well-sequenced middle, and strong closing for your talk.

4. Compose your talk and create note cards. Remember to avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing or quoting information taken from sources.See Creating and Using Presentation Note Cards for tips.

Using Visuals & Media - Lesson 7.4
Oral/Multimedia Presentation TED Talk

1. Use your Storyboard or drawing paper to brainstorm & sketch some ideas for potential visuals to enhance the ideas and information in your slideshow.

2. Consider creating your own original visuals or media: graphs, charts, photographs, artwork, video, music, etc.

3. Locate copyright-friendly images or other media to enhance your presentation.

  • Use media according to copyright-holder's Terms of Use/Creative Commons license or with permission to avoid appropriation of others' intellectual property.
  • Respect the intellectual property rights of creators by including attribution to cite the original source.
  • Your teacher may provide resources/instruction for you to learn more about using other people's creative work legally and ethically and comply with copyright.

Resources for locating copyright-friendly images/media:

4. Add compelling visuals to your presentation. Use original source URLs for attribution.

5. Obtain feedback about how effectively your selected visuals enhance your presentation to finalize your selections. Self-assess using criteria for Presentation Aids on Presentation Rubric.

Visualize Your Idea:

1. Watch the TED-Ed Club Episode 6 video in VoiceThread.

  • Respond to the questions and discuss with fellow IRC researchers, as directed by your teacher.
  • Refer to these directions for How to Comment in VoiceThread.

2. Watch a few TED Talks to see examples of strong visuals:

3. Complete Exploration #6 on Idea Book pages 13-14 to identify key points/stories in your presentation that would benefit from a visual, and sketch some sample visuals.

Refer to #2-3 in the left column to help you:

  • Consider various options for visuals, media or props
  • Use media legally and ethically
  • Locate copyright-friendly images or media

Create (and then Destroy) Your Visuals:

4. Watch the TED-Ed Club Episode 7 video.

  • Respond to the questions and discuss with fellow IRC researchers, as directed by your teacher.
  • Refer to these directions for How to Comment in VoiceThread.

5. Obtain feedback about how effectively your selected visuals enhance your presentation to finalize your selections. Self-assess using criteria for Presentation Aids on Presentation Rubric.

Preparing to Present - Lesson 7.5
Oral/Multimedia Presentation & TED Talk

Accessing Presentation Files for the Symposium:

  • Save all presentation files, media files, etc. to one folder on One Drive. Share a link to the folder with your instructor.
  • Back up all presentation files, media files, etc. to a flash drive and bring it with you to the Symposium.

Rehearsing Your Presentation or Talk:

1. Use some of the resources below and your prior experience to identify best practices and bad habits for presenting.
Make a two-column anchor chart of "Dos & Don'ts".

2. Brainstorm strategies for preventing bad presentation habits and overcoming "stage fright."

3. Rehearse your presentation to self-assess, obtain feedback, and make any needed adjustments.

  • OPTIONAL: Video-record yourself delivering your presentation. Then, self-assess to identify your strong and bad habits.
    Focus on developing 1-2 best practices for presenting.
    • If you are preparing a TED Talk: Complete Exploration #8 on Idea Book page 15.
  • Rehearse with an audience- your IRC classmates/instructor, another class/teacher, family members, etc. Practice strategies for applying 1-2 best practices, avoiding your potential bad habits, or recovering if things go wrong.
    • Practice using a presentation remote and taking questions from the audience.
    • Use the PQP protocol (Praise, Question, Polish) to obtain feedback and revise your presentation as needed.
    • If you are preparing a TED Talk: Complete Exploration #10 on Idea Book page 17.
  • Refer to success criteria on the Presentation Rubric to do a final self-assessment.