Adding the Wow Factor!
Research on effective teaching and learning strategies (Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd ed., Dean, Stone, Hubbell and Pitler) has shown that the use of nonlinguistic representations, graphic organizers, note taking, and setting goals/objectives are effective strategies to use for learners. The use of multimedia or web presentations can address many or all of these strategies.
Below are several popular presentation resources for you to try. Depending on the age group you are working with and the topic will determine which one you would like to pursue for it's appropriateness. No matter what resource you choose to use when presenting, check out this video so that you create an exemplary presentation.
ZoomIt for the PC
ZoomIt is a presentation tool that lets you zoom in on an area of your screen, and it will also let you draw, circle or annotate on your screen. This is extremely handy during presentations, zooming in on something to show your students from your computer when you use a projection system or on a smartboard, or when creating video screencast tutorials. This works only with the Windows environment. It is a free and quick download from the Internet. It allows the user to use the Control key with the numbers 1, 2, or 3 to zoom into the screen, turns the mouse into a marker, and can even put a timer on the screen.
Macintosh Zoom: If you have a Macintosh computer, you can use the green Zoom button in Mac OSX programs, or Right Zoom. Zoom using OSX keyboard shortcuts (eg. option-command 8)
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After completing this Thing, the educator will:
- Know how to create an effective technology-based presentation
- Understand the differences between various media and presentation tools and select the appropriate tool for a project
- Make connections with technology standards and best practice
- Transfer the learning to professional practice by creating a multi-media presentation
21 Things Assignment:
1. Create an online presentation for a content area you will be teaching. Focus on the main idea that you want your audience/students to learn.
a. Identify the curriculum standard you will be meeting and include that in a text box.
b. Insert several images and (if possible) video.
c. Embed or hyperlink your presentation in your Digital Portfolio.
OR create an assignment for your students (meeting these guidelines) to create a presentation and share a sample of their work.
2. Write a reflection that explains how you plan to use your presentation in a classroom lesson (or setting), and how it addresses a SAMR level and a best practice OR how the presentation meets an ISTE standard for students.
3. Take the very short survey giving feedback for this Thing.
Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:
- Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b,d;
- Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c;
- Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,b,c;
- Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b;
- Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership c
- Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;
- Nonlinguistic Representations;
- Summarizing & Notetaking, Assign Homework & Provide Practice;
- Cooperative Learning